Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Buh-bye Wonder Bread!
The sandwich bread above is dubbed by my friends here in Moscow as Wonder Bread. Why? Cos even after a few months, the bread remains soft. Imagine how much preservatives go in there. But this has been what I've been feeding the family the past year or so. I did try buying bread with shorter expiry dates, but my fussy pots complained that the bread was too dry/hard, and I ended up tossing the 'healthier' bread cos no one would eat them.
Well, on my latest trip back to Singapore, I purchased the Zojirushi Bread Machine, which my friend Li Ping has been raving about and egging me to buy for months now. I was skeptical at first cos I already own a bread machine which never quite produced the kind of bread we like, ie, soft and fluffy ala Gardenia/Sunshine. The Zojirushi also costs a lot more than my old machine, so I took some time making the decision.
But no regrets at all! The Zojirushi machine works like a dream. It also takes up very little counter top space, is very quiet, and bakes 1 lb loafs, just right for us. Eddie is most fussy about bread, he likes them soft and fluffy, so if he says the bread tastes pretty good, then it's really incredibly good! Nothing to do with my ability at bread-making, it's entirely the machine's magic at work.
I've baked 3 different types of bread so far. The basic white bread using soft course.
Chocolate bread which didn't turn out aesthetically pleasing but which the boys liked enough to take as snack to school. Good by itself or with some Nutella on it.
And something I just baked today. Raisin bread, this one's really good, too bad Sean doesn't eat raisins.
Reviews of the breadmaker here. Retails at Takashimaya and Tangs for S$399 but I got it from Goh Ah Bee near Kovan MRT for S$295 all inclusive.
All in all, a worthwhile investment indeed. For once, I will not be chastizing my buddy Li Ping for making me spend money.