I followed the directions included with the breadmaker and was a little disappointed in the crust and the crumb of the loaf. My next loaf, I kept the amount of liquid the same but put in milk, an egg, some honey and substituted coconut oil for butter. To the dry ingredients, I added wheat gluten. The crust was softer and the crumb firm like "store bought" and easy to slice without crumbling. You can take the blades out so the hole in the bottom of the loaf is smaller, if you catch the dough at the correct time in the cycle. I did once but find that we do not mind the holes in the bottom of the crust of the few slices that have the blades in them. One blade even kind of stuck once and did tear a small chunk out but again, not a problem for us. We barely notice the noise when it is kneading. I did put those little felt stickers on the bottom of the feet that go on chair legs so that I could move it easily from the back of my counter to the front while it is baking and then move it back when it is not in use without scratching the counter. This way it does not take up prep space when not in use and the steam from baking is not trapped under the cabinets. I have not had it long enough to know if it will hold up but so far, so good.
Since becoming Celiac and lactose-intolerant, I've had to give up a good many foods. But this ice cream maker has made it easier, because now I can make my own ice cream from coconut and nut milks! Because the bowl itself is what gets frozen, and left in one's freezer at all times, whipping up a cold treat takes about 30 minutes. I've used it several times and love the results.
Since my milk frother arrived I have not visited a coffee shop (it's been about 3 months). I take it to work and bring it back home each workday. When I gave up coffee and sugar I needed to make my own beverages and now I can make green tea lattes (matcha), pumpkin spice "lattes" with real pumpkin, pumpkin spices, vanilla, and stevia, and hot cocoa with cocoa powder, vanilla, and stevia. The machine works great, most of the time. Occasionally when I press the hot drink button it will make it cold, and sometimes it stops running after a few seconds, but if I keep restarting it eventually it will make it hot. I've read some of the other brands do this as well possibly because the frother piece is magnetic and the milk is too cold. Despite those issues I still think it was worth purchasing. It heats and froths my soy or almond milk in a few minutes. It's the size of a coffee grinder and perfect for making one drink. My coworkers love this machine and are going to purchase one for the office (possibly a different brand that can make larger quantities).
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