Everyone makes breads a different way, some out of necessity and some by preference. You can mix dough and shape it by hand before baking, or let a bread machine or stand mixer do the bulk of the kneading for you. And if you’re looking for convenience and homemade bread at the same time, a bread machine is often the gadget of choice. Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand gives directions that suit all mixing and baking preferences, so a wider range of bakers will find a use for it on their bookshelves. It gives complete directions for everything from making breads completely by hand as well as for making the same breads completely with a bread machine.
The book is basically set up with different chapters for different types of breads. There is a “basics” chapter at the beginning, but the subsequent Multi-Grain and Sourdough chapters have their own mainstays. The recipes all include some whole grains, but aren’t completely reliant on them, so the breads will be just as appealing to whole grain newbies as they will be to those who have hand more experience with whole grain baking. The methods are given for hand mixing, stand mixing, food processor mixing, bread machine mixing and for mixing and baking the dough completely in a bread machine (the others assume baking the bread off in the oven). In addition to the actual breads, each chapter has recipes for serving those breads. For instance, Milk and Honey Wheat Bread could easily become Honey Orange Bread Pudding. It’s a good setup that means you’ll never be left wondering what to do with leftover bread – and once you start baking bread from scratch, the though of making do with leftovers when you could make a whole new loaf is just a little less appealing.
The book is short on photographs, but the directions are clear enough that you shouldn’t have any problems turning out finished loaves. Again, the real asset here is that the recipes already take into consideration all kinds of special (and not so special equipment) so you can make whole grain breads at home with really no questions asked!