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So far only one recipe out of 4 that I've tried have turned out well, and that was the Herb Loaf. All the others either tasted bitter or the consistency was way off. I thought maybe it was because I was using instant yeast instead of bread-machine yeast so I made the switch, but the loaves still aren't great. Not sure what all the hype is about this book. I feel like I wasted money on it.
I've only used it for a couple of the many recipes. It's been good. Most of the recipes are available in other sources, but this one is really good in terms of details. I especially like the section (in the early part of the book) that tells you why sometimes your breads don't turn out. I've changed the review now that I have used several of the recipes. The breads do not turn out very well. I prefer to form the dough myself and none of the recipes that I've tried so far suggest that. Of course, you can always just use the dough cycle and bake the bread yourself, which is what I've done and the results are more satisfactory. But the book, aside from the first section, contains nothing new.
The book contains many interesting recipes but it's written for Americans using archaic imperi measurement system with no proper measurements... you will have to do a lot of conversions if you're not used to the measurement units in this book.
Oh my goodness. Overall, plenty of recipes for one little book. Worth the $. But if you make the 2 lb rosemary bread, there is definitely a typo in the amount of water. I am new to bread making, so I didn’t notice right away and now my brand new bread machine that I got as a special wedding gift is stuffed full of blackened, burnt-on dough-paste. Pretty upsetting. Hoping it will come off.
I wanted to give this book 5 stars. Many creative ideas; recipes give amounts for three loaf sizes. Few pics of cut loaves but not enough pics of uncut loaves so can't see what she calls a good loaf. The recipes I've tried don't appear to follow the ratio or percentage of liquid to flour that the Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus (the big one), requires. The Zojirushi requires 57.87% water to flour, with flour being 100% and water being 57.87% as much water as flour in the basic white bread loaf. For instance, in this book the basic white loaf recipe appears to me to have 55 gm less flour and 35 ml more water than the perfected Zojirushi basic white loaf recipe that comes with the machine. The difference in the book to the perfected Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus Machine is a difference of 12.01%. WOW! Of those recipes I've tried some are gummy or just way off in the ratios for a Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus, in my opinion. The Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus appears to be using a basic formula of 57.87% liquid to flour with flour being 100%, with slightly different formulas with addition of egg, etc. Pics of reviewers of her recipes show many misshapen loaves. Should never happen. You can make perfect and professional looking loaves each and every time with the right liquid to flour ratio. This helps prevent gummy sections/loaves, misshapen tops/sides, loss of taste, proper texture/crumb, etc. Learn to use grams and weights to perfect your bread. Many folks seem to love the book so perhaps you should buy it and decide for yourself. It's not expensive. You can adjust your liquid to flour ratio to make your recipe look and taste perfect every time without dented tops and dented sides and uneven browning and gummy sections or throw away loaves. Look at the recipes in the recipe book that came with your machine and if they turn out a perfect loaf then calculate the percent of water to flour and use that percentage in adjusting her recipes. Personally I'd rather not have to do that.
I’m not an avid bread maker but almost every recipe I made from this book have turned out wrong. Ones from the internet I’ve had zero issues from. I made 2 loaves of white bread, one from the book and one from online, had hubby try and he agreed that the ones from the book have ALL been off. There is one or two that with some tweaking could work but the measurements are all weird too. Skip this book.
Did not find any “fat-free” or “oil-free” or vegan bread machine recipes. Disappointed ☹️
My Zoshirishi (spelling) Bread Machine that I purchased about 8 yrs ago (Excellent purchase - very pleased with it! 5+ stars!) came with a fantastic recipe / instruction manual that has a recipe for all the above. So I guess I can just stick with that.
The first two recipes were great then...where do I start? First of all I really do not like to lose my expensive ingredients such as (King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour). So on page 34 the recipe for whole wheat buttermilk bread does not have the salt ingredient listed at all on the 8 slice/1lb ingredient list....It was just left out by the author. My bread failed due to an omitted ingredient...so sad. I bought buttermilk also. Because the bread had no salt it turned into crumbles. I think my birds may eat it. I was disappointed that the book had an error on a recipe. Now I feel like I have to beware of other errors in the book. I have lots of bread books and have made bread in my Hitachi bread maker for over 20 years.
My bread tastes great but it is very dense. After four tries, I decided to use it solely for mixing dough but not baking it. I'm still learning but hope to produce a good loaf in the foreseeable future by letting it rest outside the refrigerator at room temperature for several hours. I would not buy this again.