If you check my "Favorites" page, you'll notice that homemade bread right out of the oven is one of my favorite foods. There's something about that yeasty scent, the way the butter (butter, not margarine, mind you) melts inside a freshly cut loaf.
As a busy mom with a blog, a business, and a baby to raise, the whole baking bread from scratch thing isn't extremely realistic. Pre-baby, I did make bread that way occasionally, but it always seemed like a daylong affair with all of the rising and kneading and rising some more.
From the website: "The Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker's 1 lb. loaf is the perfect size for smaller households to savor the taste of freshly baked bread everyday without waste."
Not only does the breadmaker allow me to make a wide variety of breads (Basic White to Honey to 100% Whole Wheat to Pumpernickel to Seven Grain to Chocolate), it also has the capability to make pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, whole wheat buns, cookies, cakes, and pasta.
This little machine is ridiculously easy to use. Just add a few ingredients and hit "start." About 3 1/2 hours later - ta da! - a fresh bread loaf. My favorite part about the bread is that I know exactly what ingredients are going in. No preservatives, no ingredients I can't read or pronounce. I love having that knowledge and I rarely buy other loaves now that I have this handy little contraption.
One minor critique: Although the 1 lb. loaf *is* the perfect size for 2 adults and 1-2 little ones (In our house - we gobble the loaf down in no time!), there are some situations when I wish I could make a larger loaf (if, for example, we are entertaining).
The Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini can be purchased online or at a store near you for approximately $180.