Recently I've raved about my local bakery, Eileen's, and how I love buying my bread from them - supporting a local business and knowing my bread doesn't have the preservatives and other additives you find in packaged loaves. Well, my mother read my post and produced from her kitchen appliance arsenal a bread machine I can now call my own.
I admit that I've only experimented with one recipe: whole wheat bread. From other bread machine bakers I've heard it is notoriously hard to make good, soft bread with pure whole wheat flour (not adding in bread flour as well). But this flour that I can buy at my local Ukrop's store tends to produce a nice hearty loaf that slices well and freezes well. I'd have to say it is a bit dense using all whole wheat, but this way I only have to have one flour on hand and it's a great alternative to Eileen's in a pinch. At least it looks yummy, right?