My trusty Hitachi bread machine needed to be retired after 22 years of loyal service. I’ve become so dependent on it through the years that I knew I would be lost without it. They don’t make that one anymore and I’ve researched others in the last couple of years, but could never quite “pull the trigger” on a different brand since I’m so used to that one. I haven’t actually baked in it for many years, because I never liked how the loaves turned out, so I just use it for dough. But it gets a workout for sure!
After having it almost refuse to turn on a couple weeks ago (the start button didn’t want to work) I started researching once again and came across this Zojirushi. I was hesitant after reading the reviews of uneven loaves (which isn’t a huge deal if you want to babysit it and push one side down before it bakes). I was also concerned about it holding up in the long term, plus the size of the machine was a bit large for my taste. But after finding more complaints with other models, I decided to give this one a try. I have to say I’m in LOVE with this machine!!! I’ve only had it for a week but everything has turned out PERFECTLY! The loaves have baked evenly and so much higher than I expected, no babysitting needed.
The texture on the crust is FABULOUS and so is the texture inside, and no weird holes in the center that I would usually cut off and throw away, so no waste! I LOVE the fact that I can make cakes and jam in it, plus, my (grown ) son who is gluten free, can enjoy some of my homemade bread too! I didn’t realize that the loaf sizes are bigger in this one than my old one, so I’m not sure how I will change the recipes that I’ve used for years, to make them fit in this machine. I haven’t played around with them yet, but I’m sure I’ll make them work somehow. I have made 3 loaves so far, one honey white, one lemon cake and one cinnamon raisin. They all turned out perfectly.
On the cinnamon raisin, I added in about a quarter cup of raisins at a time at the beeps, closed the lid and let it mix for a few seconds, opened the lid and added more, scattering them around each time instead of just dumping them in one spot at once. They all mixed evenly within the loaf. I don’t like how the add in beeps happen whether you are adding things or not, but I can live with it. And I wish it would keep mixing with the lid open, but that too, I can live with. I only hope this machine lasts at least 10 years….then I’ll be super happy!
By T. Jackson