Thank everyone who gave this breadmaker rave reviews. They were all i needed to convince me to purchase this beauty. I have never owned a breadmaker before, so i can’t speak to its relative merit compared to any other machine. But, i can say as a totally novice breadmaker, i hit the road running with this machine. So far, 3 months of bread making and not a problem. Living alone i seldom bought bread because i just couldn’t make it through a loaf before having to toss it out. But, with this machine, i can have bread anytime i want (as long as i keep bread flour in the house) and have plenty for 2 days. Absolutely the best toy i have ever purchased for myself.
I bought this in 2007 and we make bread for communion every week abd it really does work as fast as it claims. A nice small loaf of bread in less than an hour. Three years later we’re still using it every week.
I have been using it a lot a lot since i bought it few months ago. It was a christmas present for myself and my family. It is an absolutely important machine for me since the day i received it. My family and my friends love my bread. I have even given it as presents to some friends. Anyone who are concerned with healthy eating should buy this machine and make their own bread. Once my family is used to eating our own bread, we discover that the bread that one buys from stores are way too salty and sweet, and there are also undesirable things that are added.
It’s been gathering dust for years, but glad i got it out – now i’m making a loaf every day or two for me and my flatmate.
Got this little jewel so my husband could have homemade bread for dinner. Well they say man cannot live on bread alone, but i think i can live on this bread. I make the french bread recipe and he loves it. Doesn’t take up much room and ready in 45 minutes.
This is my second breadmaker and i pitched the first one because i just didn’t like the quality of the bread produced coupled with the facts that the machine was big, noisey and took 3-1/3 hours to come up with a loaf of barely acceptable bread. I purchased this unit on total impulse yet with the thought that it would be a smaller-sized unit — well, it turned out to be just shorter. However, the cooking time of 45 minutes i found great, and even more to the point, the loaves of bread made from their recipes are great. I am addicted to their feta cheese with black olives bread, but there are a lot of recipes included with the unit and i haven’t tried a bad one yet. I would recommend this breadmaker for anyone who would like hot, fresh homemade bread to add to their meals. Can you tell i’m a bread lover?.
- Ya gotta love this machine
- Perfect for a single guy!
- Bust Purchase of the Year
Yet another person who wasn’t sure about this. Our old bread machine was over 10 years old, and still had a separate rubber gasket between the pan and the baking unit; when pickle underfoot, our cat, decided to play hide and seek with the gasket and permanently hid it, we had to start looking at new bread makers. I thought i wanted another large one, but this looked intriguing, and the positive reviews outnumbered those for most other models, so i took a chance. As soon as i got it, i rinsed it out and made a loaf of bread for supper, and it came out so good that once we finished supper, i made another loaf, this time cinnamon-raisin bread, to have for breakfast. Oh, and you don’t need salt – i’m on a low-sodium diet for chf, and leave salt out of everything; the bread comes out fine nonetheless. As long as the sugar is in there, yeast can feed on it. I usually put a pinch of powdered ginger in, in place of salt – it doesn’t have an obvious ginger flavor, but zings things up a bit, bringing out the flavors of any other spices more. I’ve tried several of the recipes that come with it by now, and all of them work fine without salt.
I cannot say enough good things about this bread maker. I owned the large bread maker before but this is my favorite. The advantage of the larger machine is more versatility and options. For instance, i like my bread very lightly toasted. Many of the larger machines give you options regarding cooking times – not this one. The larger machine also gives you the options of cooking 4 different types of bread. Another issue is that the loaves are small. Those things said, i still love this machine. With a 5 minute prep time and a 45 minute cook time you can have fresh bread every day. The loaves are enough to feed 4 people. And for busy people like me who think that even 5 minutes prep is too long, you can pre-pack all the dry ingredients in zip-lock bags (great activity to do with kids) and just pull one out when you need it, toss it in with the water and butter and in 45 minutes – fresh bread.
The first one arrived broken from amazon. I called the manufacturer and they sent a new one, without any hassles, and that one works just fine. I wish you could set it to let the bread rise a bit more, but i guess its simplicity is what makes it so affordable.
I got this for my parents for christmas (2003) and they can’t say enough good things about it. They rave about the taste of the bread, claiming it is the best they have had from a bread machine. It makes a loaf in 45 minutes or so, and the size is just right for 2 – 4 people. As long as the machine continues to function, my rating will remain five stars.
Ok, i’ll say right away that this machine makes a small loaf, about 3/4 of a pound and roughly 4 x 6 x 4′ high. I — and the machine — keep busy, especially while our nephew is staying with us. This bread has a way of vanishing because it’s so good. I’ve made white bread, wheat bread, raisin bread and my house specialty, wheat with oatmeal and walnuts. The machine takes only 45 minutes from start to finish. After my experience with a different brand of machine — waiting hours only to throw out some soggy rejects, i’m especially happy with this one.
Features of West Bend 41077 Just For Dinner Breadmaker (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Quick baking–oval shaped, dinner-size loaf in 45 minutes
- Convenient settings for basic, specialty, and wheat breads
- Easy-to-use controls with LED indicators
- Ideal for dinner parties of 2 or 4; gourmet recipes included
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Love,love,love this little breadmaker. Please please bring it back again, i never had anything but success with itand there was such a variety of bread recipes with it. Perfect for one or two at a meal. I keep checking online inthe hope i’ll see it back again soon.
Splendid to have good bread in 45 minutes. The small size loaf is just right & prevents having to freeze leftover slices which never taste as good as fresh. Breadmaker works well & shows promise for a long run in our kitchen. My only reservation is lack of control over browness of the crust: just one pre-set result. Operation couldn’t be simpler.
I received my jfd this morning. After i finished up with my work for the day i decided to play with my new toy. I made the plain white bread first — just like the recipe in the book but i did add one teaspoon of vital wheat gluten. It was ok– loaf right to top of pan — but a little too dense and cakey for me. So i made another loaf and let it run through the knead/rise cycle twice before letting it bake. Perfect — loaf was a good inch above the top of the pan. I shared that first loaf with my little friends in the back yard. The perfect loaf will be enough for me for several days. I don’t eat bread all of the time so i’ll probably bake about one loaf a week except when my kids are home. Then, it will increase big time.
~this is a good bread maker for a small family. We are asians who don’t eat a lot of bread and only need one loaf of bread from supermarket per week(for breakfast). This machine allows us to have fresh bread every two days. I just bought it for a month but i already tried several breads. It takes some experiment(at least for me who didn’t have any bread-making experience) to get the best result. But since the bread is small, it’s not so difficult to ‘finish’ the not-so-perfect result. Now my~~ husband and i fall in love with this little machine. Everytime he heard the ‘beep’ alarm(bread is done), he will rush to the kitchen to have a taste no matter he has a full or empty stomach. Very few items i bought could be praised as ‘good investment’ by him.
Many recipes for white, wheat, & rye. Fresh hot loaf in less than an hour.
We’ve tried three different recipes so far. My wife loves the french bread. It’s simple, easy and makes great tasting bread. The loaves are small, but they’re just right for two people. If we have guests we’ll just cook another loaf.
Quick baking–oval shaped, dinner-size loaf in 45 minutes
This is my first breakmaker. I just made my first loaf of bread with this machine today. I was very happy with the result. Now that i know i can make fresh bread, i don’t know if i’ll ever go and buy ready made bread from the grocery store since most ready made bread contain preservatives. I don’t have another bread machine to compare this one to, but i can say that i’m happy with the bread it makes because it doesn’t over bake it. I tend to like very soft bread, with lightly browned crust. I really don’t like hard crusts – i rather eat under cooked bread than hard crusts. This machine bakes the bread exactly the way i like it – soft. It’s also fun to have a window to see it knead the dough. I don’t have any complaints.
I, too, was wooed over by the raving reviews on this bread machine and decided to purchase it. I received it yesterday and baked my first loaf today (second is already under way). The instruction manual is extremely clear and easy to follow. They provide 27 recipies for different types of breads. I had to go out and buy bread machine flour (i also bought whole wheat flour because i wanted to make whole wheat bread) and fast rising yeast – readily available at any supermarket down the baking aile – and that’s all i neededafter putting the ingredients in and turning the machine on i just had to sit and watch it mix the ingredients into a beautiful dough. It was a fascinating transformationonce done i tasted the bread and was amazed. My first loaf of bread was perfect. And it certainly didn’t take culinary talent, as i have none. What you do need to have is proper measuring tools (normal measuring cups and spoons) and that’s about it. Clean up was a snap and i was off and baking my second loaf in no time. Regarding the loaf size, it is just right. The way i cut it this time i only 6 slices out of it, but they were extra thick slices. Next time i’ll cut them more thinly and it’d make 8 sandwich-thickness slices, no doubt.
This is the first bread machine my husband and i have ever owned, so while i can’t compare it to other machines, i can say that the west bend has absolutely delighted us from its first use. We are not experienced bakers, so this machine must be very forgiving because it has turned out terrific loaves of bread, time after time, without a single ugly-looking or off-tasting mistake. The machine really does complete the entire bread-making process in 45 minutes, which is terrific because i can put the ingredients in the machine, turn it on, and by the time i finish cooking the rest of the meal, the bread is done. The loaf is easy to remove from the pan, and clean-up has been a snap. The machine goes through only one rise cycle and requires an entire packet of quick-rise yeast, which does give the bread a slightly ‘yeastier’ taste and aroma than other breads. But we still find the bread delicious and are not at all bothered by the slight yeastiness. To us, it just tastes hearty and flavorful. As others have said, the baked loaf is a very cute oval shape (not a weird, tall cylinder, like full-sized machines apparently make) and is perfect for two people. To be honest, it’s really more than enough bread for two; we slice it into about 5 or 6 slices (3/4-inch wide), and usually save 2 of those slices for later, to have as an after-dinner treat with some sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top. For comparison, if you eat at outback or lone star steakhouse, the west bend loaf is taller and produces a few more slices than the brown bread loaf they bring you as a free appetizer at those restaurants.
I can not tell folks how pleased i am with this ‘just for dinner’ bread maker. It was delivered at 5:15 pm tonight and by 6:30 i had already baked a delicious rye bread to go with dinner and the smell of fresh baked bread in the house was wonderful. I have had a full size bread maker for 15 full years and purchased one from a catalog before they had ever hit the store shelves in america. Most folks at the time had never heard and could not believe such a device actually existed, much less actually take dry ingrediants and turn them into bread. I became tired of my machine however, as time went on, because of the time it took (4 hours), the size loaf it made, and the time involved in the clean up (kept getting longer and longer and. . ) honestly, it was just a hassle and the family never could finish that large loaf of fresh bread before it got stale and always ended up throwing a quarter or a half a loaf away. Over the years, i have looked into another machine, but figured why bother, i never saw much innovations or improvements in them. The west bend ‘just for dinner’ maker is just the ticket. I of course read about the 45 minute cycle from beginning to finished product but it was still a joy to behold.
Perfect little loaves everytime – in no time at all. Delicious taste/texture, good crumb, not too dark. I live alone and one loaf takes me almost through the week. There are some limitations such as there is no ‘dough-only’ cycle, and fewer recipes. But remembering what this machine was intended to do; produce loaves of bread for two people in 45 minutes, it does exactly that.
I knew nothing about breadmakers. Sure like everyone i read about thembut it seem the better a model was the more they seem difficult. Theni spotted the just for two, took my time read all the reviews and orderedit. I followed the recipes that camewith it, but did make a change like that one lady suggested about dissolving yeast water and sugar first. The first few times i made thebread not dissolving yeast i thought the bread tasted yeasty. But hersuggestion fixed problem. It’s adorable, perfect hot bread and justenough for 2 hungry people or save some for breakfast. Bread to meloses some of it’s appeal when cold, so no leftovers suits me fine. I have not made a bad loaf yet. I do cheat and use some mixes, carefullydividing in half as mixes make a 3lb loaf and this little guy makes 1. I add nuts, crushed fread banana, seeds, and in under 5 minutesto prepare you would think my bread was gourmet.I love it, it’s so simple stupid which is exactly what i needed.
Convenient settings for basic, specialty, and wheat breads
The west bend just for dinner breadmaker is a rare gem. It functions exactly as advertised and bakes a delicious small loaf of bread that’s hot and fresh from your own kitchen. (and the loaf isn’t that small either — it serves a group of four along with a hearty main course or a group of two along with a lighter entree. The recipes (included) aren’t complicated and call for readily available ingredients. I’ve tried several varieties and i love them all. The just for dinner breadmaker blends quality and convenience in an economical package. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a smaller, and perhaps first, breadmaker.
I read the reviews for this breadmaker and absolutely couldn’t resist buying one for my small family. My son is a 19 year-old college student, and one of his favorite pastimes is eating me out of house and home. My west bend breadmaker arrived today, and i made bread for the first time in my life. My first attempt at breadmaking turned out beautifully. As i am writing this review my son is finishing his second slice. Yes, it is a small loaf, but this small loaf will feed four people easily. The directions and recipes are easy to follow, and clean-up was a snap. I highly recommend this breadmaker to anyone who loves to serve their family hearty fare.
I bought this breadmaker because my husband loves homemade bread, but i have not wanted a big bread machine that takes hours to make bread. It’s simple, easy and quick. The little loaf is just the right size for a dinner for 3 or 4 and maybe there will be a slice or two leftover for a snack. I have made the recipes that are included and i have adapted recipes. All loaves have come out perfect.
To tell you the truth, i was very sceptical when i first got this machine. But once i made my first loaf, i started to understand all the praise. But i didn’t really understand until i got another bread maker which has all the bells and wistles. This machine is best for every night use. This really is the easiest, and fastest bread machine. And, it makes enough bread for a family of four with no left overs to worry about (which get stale in one day). My guess on size is that it makes about a 3/4 pound loaf. There are plenty of recipes included with the machine, but if you really want quick, west bend sells pre-made mixes on there website westbend. Com, which have turned out perfect for me everytime. Every loaf i have made with this machine has turned out perfect.
Those are two things my past bread machine lacked. Fits right into the corner nicely.
I have two of the bigger, takes longer types my family has long gone, and we are just two again. But do like the product that comes from this one. I do let it raise twice, because i can. And enjoy having fresh bread more often, and able to enjoy many different kinds.
I know it shouldn’t, but i am still surprised when a product performs better than i expect. We ordered this little bread machine when our old hitachi started making bricks instead of bread. We looked at several models and of course read the reviews on them. We liked the idea of a smaller loaf and the short (45 min) cycle time, so we decided to give this machine a try. Yep, it’s a little loaf, but it’s perfect every time and in the time advertised. It will make 3-4 sandwich’s, or enough toast for two or three. It took a day or so to get use to the small size of the bread but now that we have used it for a couple days we can’t imagine going back to a full size machine. We have been using the basic bread recipe that came with the machine and it has come out perfect everytime. The manual is very good and the directions are simple and easy to understand. We were eating the first loaf of bread within an hour and a half of opening the package.
Easy-to-use controls with LED indicators
Many years ago i owned a 2 pound breadmaker. It was an excellent machine, however 2 pounds of bread with no preservatives results in wasted bread. This machine is perfect for your typical single guy. You get plenty of bread for a dinner for two. But if you are the only one eating, not so much as to have the bread go to waste. The unit cycle time of 45 minutes allows you to plan, or even last minute plan a meal with fresh bread.
Makes a small loaf so i don’t overdo it on bread.
This machine does not really need any more accolades, as plenty of people have spoken about how wonderful it is. The small loaves are great so you can eat all the bread before it goes bad, and so that you can have variety. And the bread is greatbut i wanted to mention something others haven’t — i have had this machine for years and it is still going strong. I just dug it out of storage after moving, and am so excited to be using it again. Not a single glitch, started right up again and i had a hot loaf in less than an hour.
I have a full size bread maker which i love, but really only used on the weekends because it takes abut 4 hours to make a loaf of bread. A friend recommended this machine and because of the price and reviews i ordered one. It surpassed all my expectations and it really only takes 45 minutes from start to finish.I made a perfect loaf to serve with dinner on the day i received it with no problems. The next night i made 5 different types of bread loaves for a friend’s birthday without a hitch – each came out perfectly and the machine was ready to go again within 15 minutes after the end of each baking cycle. Unlike my old maching, this one is much smaller and sits on my counter without taking up too much space – plus it is very quiet and doesn’t shake. I highly recommend this machine.
It is unfortunate that west bend has discontinued this product. It is the perfect breadmaker for a small family or a couple. Easy to use and great results in just 45 minutes.
I bought this bread maker 7 years ago, & it’s still working the same as when i first bought it. Before this we had a huge 2 full loaf maker, it was loud and for us way to big. This makes a nice sized loaf for 2 adults and a 14 year old boy (who loves making his own ideas). If you can find one, go for it.
Ideal for dinner parties of 2 or 4; gourmet recipes included
I’ve used this little breadmaker to bake everything from cornbread to christmas stollen. I get six thick slices plus two ends out of a loaf. It browns well and the loaves are delicious. I bought a larger, fancier, more expensive breadmaker for christmas cooking, but i came right back to this one and have nothing but praise for it.
I have a big bread machine which works fine, but i find it hard to eat an entire 2 lb. Loaf of garlic/onion bread or whatever. This machine makes a little mini-loaf of specialty bread–perfect for dinner. As others have said, it is easy to use. Just throw in the ingredients, press start and voila–45 minutes later, delicious hot bread for dinner. I highly recommend this great little appliance.
I am not especially good in the kitchen; however, my oldest daughter wanted a breadmaker so i bought this west bend. My daughter (age 15) has made bread herself. My husband and i also have made bread. The loaves are small, but we don’t mind. We use it with our dinner, and everyone has enjoyed it. It takes about 10 minutes to stick everything in the breadmaker. Follow the directions and put everything in the order listed. Then the bread comes out perfect every time.
I cannot say enough nice things about this ‘little guy’. Though little is the operative word. Which works for methe original review was written after i made two loaves – though amazon managed to lose most of it. At this time, i can’t begin to count the number of french bread loaves and honey wheat and rye, etc. , that have come out of this machine. I have noted others have grumbled about a ‘yeasty’ tasting loaf. Personally, that is a plus, to my way of thinking. That is controlled by the amount of liquid, ‘fat’, and sugar you include in the recipe. I also enjoy a crusty heavy textured loaf. In fact, i purposely adjust my recipes to make just those loaves.
After reading the mixed reviews on this nifty kitchen tool, i was a little hesitant. However i bought it anyway since i really dislike store-bought bread, and i am glad i did. I started with the basic recipe, and like others, i did notice the yeasty flavor. It bothered me a little, and i considered returning the machine. But i really wanted to be free from buying bread at the store, so i decided to try some of the ideas mentioned in these reviews. The one thing that made all the difference is proofing the yeast before putting everything in the bread maker. Once i started doing that i turned out tasty loaves every time. Proofing the yeast is simple and quick to do. I start by heating the liquid for the bread to 100 – 110 degrees f in a small bowl in the microwave, then i dump in the yeast and a portion of the sweetener. That lets the yeast get started while i measure out the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
I’ve had this breadmaker for a bit over a year now and i still love it, though the honeymoon has worn off somewhat. When i first got it, i made at least two loaves per week. Now it’s one every 4-6 weeks at most, but that’s to be expected with any new toy for meit doesn’t mean it’s any less of a machine – i just have other toys to occupy me when i get bored, so i’m not swimming in bread anymore. It’s still great when i have a person or two over for dinner. I think it makes a nice amount of bread for 3-4 people for a single meal. When i make it just for myself, i usually have bread for three days or so. One of the really great things is the ability to experiment with flavors. I get tired of plain white bread so once you understand the science of bread making (the base ingredients must be measured rather precisely) you can experiment with substituting sugars (use honey instead for example) and fats (olive oil instead of butter). You can also use different herbs, cracked pepper, whatever you can think of to make a new loaf of bread.One of my favorites is a combination of two breads in the recipe book that comes with the maker – italian herb + cracked pepper.
This bread maker is very simple to use and both recipes i have tried so far have turned out perfect. It takes a few minutes to put in the ingredients, turn it on and in 45 minutes you have a hot loaf of bread fresh for dinner.
I had been looking into buying a breadmaker and after reading the many positive reviews on this one, i made the purchase and am very pleased that i did. The instructions/receipes are very clear and easy to follow and cleanup is a breeze. So far i have made the basic white and honey oatmeal bread and they turned out perfectly.
This machine is so easy to use that there is no excuse for not having fresh bread whenever you want it. Some tips: do not use packets of yeast. As author kay rentschler pointed out in a popular illustrated cooking magazine, the amount of yeast per packet can vary greatly. Buy yeast in bulk and measure it as needed for more consistent results. Also, do check the dough after 4 minutes of kneeding and adjust with a teaspoon of flour or water if needed. (king arthur’s web site is a good resource of what the kneeded bread should look like. ) and resist the temptation to eat the bread right away.
Have baked more loaves than i thought possible and they all get eaten because they are such a great size for a three person household. Some days i have kept it going almost non-stop as these loaves are also great gifts. What a handy kitchen item–and it does very well with specialty recipes.
I have purchased this machine after reading all of great customer reviews on amazon site as well as other site. Performance itself is surly fantastic, and cost performance is wonderful. It is just about the same size as rice cooker; so it does not take precious space of the kitchen counter. I strongly recomend this machine for all.
All recipes use 1/2 cup water or milk, 1 1/4 to 1 1/3 cups flour and 2 1/4 tsp of rapid-rise yeast. That much yeast will impart off flavors to the bread. I have been able to reduce the yeast to 1 heaping teaspoon by using some of the 1/2 cup of water to proof the yeast for a few minutes before adding it to the machine. This is kind of a pain in the neck, so i took off one star. It only has the choice of whole wheat or basic cooking cycles. It does not display a timer or allow for delayed start. This is good since you would have to convert your own recipes to the above proportions.