I see that I haven't reviewed this on Booklikes yet, so in honor of the dinner I just had (soup and a grilled cheese sandwich made with Linda's Easy Potato Bread from this book), I'll knock something out right now.
This has been my go-to bread machine book since I bought my bread machine (a Breadman Pro) several years ago. The recipes are easy to follow, and each one gives you the ingredients you'd use for a 1-lb, 1.5-lb, or 2-lb loaf setting, plus Crust and Bake Cycle settings if your machine has those. Each recipe also includes nutritional information, although I'm not sure how useful it is considering that there's no information about slice thickness (and I'm terrible at slicing bread evenly, even with my electric knife).
The book begins with a few tips for baking the perfect loaf, which I found helpful when I first bought my machine. After that, the book is divided into sections for white breads, whole-grain breads, vegetable breads, fruit breads, dinner rolls, sweet rolls, breads, and coffee cakes, and specialty breads. I used to make a different kind of bread each week but have now settled on a few tried and true favorites. Of the one or two dozen recipes I've tried, only one, a rye bread (I can't recall which one), has ever failed to turn out well for reasons I couldn't identify. With the other ones, I get perfect results if I just watch the dough during the first ten minutes or so of the knead cycle and either add more flour if it's smearing or more liquid if it's too dry and crumbly.
My favorite recipes, the ones I still make even though my bread machine has lost its "new kitchen toy" shine:
- Egg Bread - This one rises very high. The 2-lb loaf gets tall enough to press against the lid of the machine. Still, it's a wonderful bread and perfect for French toast.
- Linda's Easy Potato Bread - I love using this bread for sandwiches of all types. It holds together nicely while spreading peanut butter, butter, or whatever on it, and I recently discovered that it works amazingly for grilled cheese sandwiches. It uses instant potato flakes rather than mashed cooked potatoes, which appeals to my lazy side.
- Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Rolls - You make these with the Dough setting and then bake them in the oven. I like this particular recipe because cutting and shaping the rolls goes pretty quickly and easily.
- Irene's Bavarian Coffee Cake - I have family in Bavaria and don't recall them ever making anything that tasted like this coffee cake, but that doesn't make it any less tasty. This is another one you make with the Dough setting and then bake in the oven.
- Portuguese Sweet Bread - This is a slightly sweet, slightly lemon-flavored bread that's snail-shaped and very pretty, perfect for gifting. It's great when served with coffee or tea. Again, it's made with the Dough setting and then baked in the oven. I like to do the large recipe, which makes two snail-shaped loaves - one I can give to someone and one I can keep for myself.
- Sally Lunn Bread - This is the one sweet bread on this list that's baked in the bread machine. I brought it to work once and people thought it was pound cake. It slices beautifully, even if you don't have an electric knife.
- Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns - Okay, so I'm terrible at making mine a uniform size, but I still like them.
One other thing I should mention is that the fat used in most of these recipes is butter or margarine - I've seen at least one negative review that complained about this, although it isn't really a problem for me. According to the introduction, you should be able to substitute an oil of your choice, although I've never tried this and don't know what the results are like.
All in all, I highly recommend this book if you're looking for recipes for your bread machine beyond what's included in your manual.