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Old 22-03-2018, 16:04   #1
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Bread making

Apologies if this has been dealt with before. I'm new here and not sure how to search for previous topics. But does anyone have any tips for making bread on board? Thinking about buying a breadmaker but not sure if it will run under 9 volt power? Thanks!
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Hi, Jo Paul, and welcome aboard CF.

I have seen some bread makers aboard larger boats. So, people find out ways to do it. Mostly, they are run off inverters (if large battery banks) or gensets.

To me, you spend so much effort cleaning up from the bread maker, you might just as well make bread from scratch. I only bake bread when bought bread I like is unavailable, so it is not a burden: it is like a special gift to bake something for someone. I have never bought special flour, regular flour works just fine!, and sometimes, if it is low gluten, I have added gluten to improve the texture of the bread. I determined it by trial and error. No one in their right mind, imo, will turn down freshly baked bread, even if it is imperfect in your eyes.

IME, the most important thing to do is prove the yeast in the very beginning, because if it is losing its viability, you need to use more and give it a while to grow enough "yeastie beasties" to raise your loaves properly. Something I have done occasionally, is seek out old fashioned recipes (overnight breads), which, in the morning, you fashion into say, loaves, and cinammon rolls.

If you do a CF Google Custom Search on Overnight Bread, you will find one such recipe. I am sure there are many on the net, including ways to make your own sourdough starter, and the whole sourdough world.

Have fun, and enjoy. But I would not expect a breadmaker to work off a 9 v. battery.

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I don't know of any 12V bread making machines, to say nothing of 8V ones. You can bake bread in a Dutch oven, though.
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I'm with Anne, I'm the bread maker and to me it's a bit of fun. Breadmakers are a pain to store and on a boat to me anyways it's just one more thing I don't need.?
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Re: Bread making

Thanks all. I was feeling a bit intimidated at the thought of baking my own by hand, but now I figure, why not give it a crack?! I'll try at home first and see how it goes ... Ta!
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Re: Bread making

We live aboard at anchor and were gifted a breadmaker.
Used it a few times and then went to this recipe , very simple, cooked in a cast iron dutch oven which is also good for curries, stews etc as well.
Multiple use device vs single use breadmaker.


http://www.jennycancook.com/recipes/...o-knead-bread/


Been doing this with slight changes twice a week for two years now.
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I make pretty much all the bread on our boat. Itís easy, satisfying, usually better than store-bought, and much cheaper (being the frugal cruiser that I am ). Besides, itís just plain fun and satisfying to make bread.

Iíve never understood the attraction of bread makers, even on land. Might as well just by nice store-bought then. You miss all the tactile joys of getting your hands into the warm, moist, sensual dough. The softness that quivers under your touchÖ er, what was it we were discussing Oh yah, bread making .

Anyway, definitely something you should do. I think the greatest challenge is keeping the flour dust under control. Flour is fine, and can be a real pain to clean up if it gets away from the working area. So I do all my processing in a large, deep bowl which sits over my sink. I mix, knead, and rise it all in this one bowl. This keeps all the mess contained.

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I use a bread maker to make bread under sail....runs fine off the inverter.


Also use it to make pizza dough and pasta dough as well...ya I have a pasta cutter on board as well lol.


We try never to use store bread...to much sugar & preservatives.
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Sheesh you guys have some beautiful bread there...
for stove top (and admittedly round bread!) many moons ago I used to make muffins in the Omnia oven:
with all this talk of baking maybe I better get a new one!
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Few things are sweeter than the smell of freshly baked bread. A breadmaker, though .. that's a one-trick pony, a uni-tasker, as Alton Brown would say. I don't want to waste the space for it in my kitchen at home, much less the tiny boat galley. Besides, making bread (and fresh pasta) is a zen-like thing that you do with a glass of wine at hand and good music playing. Try it a few times until you get it right. There is a learning curve. But it's not hard at all, and soon you'll laugh at the idea of a machine -- that's for amateurs!

Warm some top-shelf olive oil and fresh grated parmesan for a dipping sauce, and life is really, really good. Also, chianti.

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Sheesh you guys have some beautiful bread there...
for stove top (and admittedly round bread!) many moons ago I used to make muffins in the Omnia oven:
with all this talk of baking maybe I better get a new one!
Cool stove top oven Don. I used to do all sorts of pan breads when camping. Various versions of bannock. Can make everything from muffins to tortillas to biscuits, in addition to yummy bread.

Hard to beat the smell and taste (and quality) of fresh baked oven bread though .

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Few things are sweeter than the smell of freshly baked bread. A breadmaker, though .. that's a one-trick pony, a uni-tasker, as Alton Brown would say. I don't want to waste the space for it in my kitchen at home, much less the tiny boat galley. Besides, making bread (and fresh pasta) is a zen-like thing that you do with a glass of wine at hand and good music playing. Try it a few times until you get it right. There is a learning curve. But it's not hard at all, and soon you'll laugh at the idea of a machine -- that's for amateurs!


Bread really isnít hard to make. Itís pretty hard to make something that isnít yummy.
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Re: Bread making

You can also make bread in a pressure cooker. Fast, uses only a very little LP, and doesn't heat up the inside of your boat quite so bad in a hot climate like using the oven does. There are a few recipes online if you are interested. I tried it a few times and it's pretty good. I need to find a better inner canister. I've been told that a metal coffee can works well.
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Pressure cooker breads all are quickbreads, aren't they? Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just different from yeast breads.
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