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The instructions are clear, the book is laid out and easy to read and understand. BUT, whe the name is No Fuss is included in the name then that's what I was expecting. Instead every recipe that I have wanted to make needs an ingredient that I don't have on hand. So, I've been going to the internet and finding no fuss recipes that are working better for me. It would probably be a good recipe book for those that have large pantries and can store items that are seldom used.
This cookbook did not pair well with my bread machine. My machine does not have settings like quick breads. I tried to do the dough and/or mix settings and finished with either the cake or bake settings but the cookbook does not include baking times for the manual settings. Also, only the simple basic breads turned out. I tried many recipes with the exact ingredients and measurements and my family found the breads very bland. The breads looked great but were under-seasoned. I tried the basic sour dough starter recipe with yeast and the directions mentioned nothing about feeding the starter. The basic wheat sour dough starter recipe with yeast did include a tip to feed the starter but gave no directions as to how to feed it. I tried this starter multiple times and ended up looking online to find my answers instead. If I follow the basic ingredients and directions for the quick breads, add my own additions, and cook the breads in a loaf pan in my oven the breads turn out fine. As a beginner user of a bread machine I just don't find a lot of value. This cookbook is to vague in my opinion. I am going to look for a cookbook that is specific to my bread machine or one specifying beginner.
I bought a bread machine and this cookbook. I figured I would be set. The cookbook gives you measurements and ingredients but no instruction except "follow bread machine manufacturers directions." Ummm, there weren't any. I bought a Crownful 12 in 1 bread machine in European Metric, and the "cookbook" came with ingredients and measurements I do not understand. Maddening! I finally figure it all out after a lot of hits and misses. The whole reason I bought the machine was to avoid complications, LOL!
With a good rating and price I thought this would be a great book to try. I'm not disappointed I tried it out just annoyed that there are so many areas of poor and lazy editing such as simply putting 1/8 cup instead of converting it to tablespoons like most cookbooks. Some of the recipes are really good, like the lovely oatmeal bread. Some are yucko, like the molasses wheat bread that promises to be a crowd pleaser. Nope. More misses than not, I would keep hunting for a better bread machine book.
Have only tried 1 recipe but the amounts seem to be way off compared to the recipes in the manual that came with the machine. Going to try again today but the bread that came out was very dense. If I have better luck I will update this review.
ON page 26 the recipe calls for 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour and I found this made the dough too dry. My machine struggled during the kneading process and the end result was a bread needing more moisture. Hoping my first loaf with this cookbook is the exception and not the rule of miscalibrated ingredients.
I’m not a professional baker by any means, but I know well enough to weigh flour and not use volume measurements. This cookbook, while having many interesting recipes, requires you to do the conversions.
Giving this book a three but only because if one recipe. Have tried it four different times changing only one thing at a time and it still needs to be taken out of the breadmaker and put in the oven to complete the baking process. Every other recipe have been great. Looking forward to trying more of the others...