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How To Bake Bread Like Pro?

How many times have you walked past a bakery, and you have been lured by the incredible smell of freshly baked bread? How many times you wished your house would smell like that? How many times has the thought of baking bread at home crossed your mind baker?

kneading dough by  handWhen I was a little girl, I used to put a cap over my head, and knead the dough with my mom in her kitchen. Then I’ll look through the oven’s glass door how the bread would get bigger and browner. When my mom would open the oven door, the delicious smell of freshly baked bread would fill the entire house.

Good bakers, professionals, always choose the best bread making machine in order to have the best bread. A few of the top brands recommended by professional chefs are Zojirushi, Panasonic, Cusinart or Breville, and I’m positive that after baking just a few times, using one of these, you will agree with me.

This is when, I also realized that it was high time to pick one now for my little apartment. I started my search for a good bread making machine from my mom, who informed me about not knowing any brands. I did some online searching and froze on couple of bread machine brands. If you are also thinking of buying a new bread machine, then you must first read bread machine reviews at eco-chef. Eco-chef.com analyzes user-generated bread maker reviews and recommends products for purchase based on their research and findings.

bread machine panasonicI chose the Panasonic bread machine because of the easy bread baking process and its simple control panel. It’s control panel makes it highly intuitive and very easy to use, even for an inexperienced baker. I love its features and the best thing is its price. It provides total value for the money. It has got features similar to high end Zojirushi bread machine and but at half the price. The first time when I made my first loaf, I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed baking bread when I was a little girl.

The Panasonic bread making machine is equipped with a lid which can be opened any time during the cooking process, this feature is helpful for beginners who wish to see how simple dough become a loaf and keep a close track on the loaf’s color. There’s also a delay timer. You can add ingredients and start it whenever it’s convenient for you.

So, you don’t have to become a baker in order to eat a good bread, you don’t have to be a dreamer, all you have to do is to buy a good bread machine and bake like a pro. Here are some good recipes to try.

Espresso Machine Parts Glossary

espresso machineOne of the most common types of questions I see in my inbox goes like this: “What is boiler?” or “What is a portafilter?” People, who want to buy a new espresso machine rarely, really know what they should look for and how to choose the right one for their home or office. That fact makes the process very difficult and sometimes you may end up with a machine you don’t want. That is why you would find very helpful the following list, which will explain the different parts of the modern espresso machine.

Portafilter

The meaning of this essential part of the espresso machine is portable filter. It is made of metal and consists of a handle, a basket and some spouts. Experienced baristas recommend for the portafilter to be always warmed before it is used to make espresso. Its design varies from model to model, but the main job of the portafilter is the same – it filters the coffee and provides for its fragrance.

Tamper

The tamper is used to press the ground coffee in the protafilter. There are different designs of tampers, some of which are hand tampers.

Group Head

The group head, known also as the brew head, is the part that holds the portafilter during the brewing process. It is situated at the front of the espresso machine and is another important part of it. Most customers categorize the machines according to the number of group heads they have – one, two, three or four.

Boiler

This particular part of the espresso machine can vary in size and material. Most of them are made of brass and stainless steel. The size of the boiler is the most important thing about it, as large boilers heat up slowly and need more power to maintain the temperature, but also make it possible to make more cups of delicious espresso. Today, many espresso machines come with two separate boilers – one for brewing and one for steam.

Pump

The pump of the espresso machine is used to fill the boiler and to push the water through the group head. It is usually made of brass and has water in and water out fitting. In some machines the pump can be turned on and off manually.

Pod

The pod is a contained and pressed grounded coffee, placed inside perforated paper filter. You can buy them individually, as they come well wrapped up to preserve their freshness.

These are the major working parts or an espresso machine. What you should consider carefully is the make and model of the part you are buying, as well as that the brand of coffee you use for your espressos is of great importance.