This is Mr. Breadmaker. Zojirushi BBCC-V20 to be precise. We got it from someone on Craigslist last year who had gotten it as an unwanted wedding present. It sat new in the box until we moved to Portland. About 2 months ago, I got it out and we've been trying to create the perfect bread recipe. This is recipe #4 and the closest yet!
As you can see, the bread rose too much so it fell, creating a ugly shape. However, the 3 parts unbleached white flour to 1 part whole wheat bread flour seems to be the perfect match. The bread is tasty, has a flavor you notice, and after it cools, holds together really well for slicing and toasting.
Here it is this morning with homemade tempeh bacon.
And here it was yesterday used to make sandwiches with a chickpea "tuna" salad from Joanna of Yellow Rose Recipes.
I'm so glad to be making my own bread. A loaf from the store costs $5 for organic bread, and I estimate that my loaf, made with Bob's Red Mill organic flour (on sale in 5 lb bags at my local store for $3.99) was about 50 cents.