Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Bread Baking - A Tale of Two Breads

Yesterday I baked two cardamom breads.  I feel a bit guilty saying that I baked them. Actually, I assembled them, the breadmakers did all the work.
The loaf of the left was made in the Sunbeam, the Oster baked the loaf on the right.  The Oster loaf  had a crispier crust, the Sunbeam loaf had a more chewy crust.  I accidentally reset the Oster, so the loaf was kneaded twice. That might explain why it is a higher loaf.
I also noticed that even when selecting the exact bread settings, the Oster had a longer baking time. It might be that the Oster has a lower voltage heating element.
Both breads were delicious.
The recipe was from a poster on  If you make it, be sure to increase the cardamom to 1 1/2 tsp, and reduce the flour to 2 3/4 cups. If you like a sweeter bread, you could add more honey or a touch of sugar.  
The two breadmakers and cooling racks are listed on this site under the "Featured Kitchen Gadgets" section.


  1. Neat that you have two and can do this kind of experiment! I have a bread machine that I actually haven't used a whole lot. :-(

  2. Kay, I'm sure you're not alone in having your bread machine gathering dust somewhere in your basement or pantry.

    I'm hoping to inspire readers to dust off their gadgets and give them a second look. Try some of these recipes and post their results.

    Thanks for your comment. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


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