A fashion phenomenon fifteen years ago, many of us have since placed the bread machine in the closet, if not in the cellar. However, it hides often unsuspected virtues! In addition to being able to make bread, without preservatives, emulsifiers and other additives, most bread machines are also able to make jams, compotes, soups, coulis, rice puddings. “I think we need to be able to break away from the ultra-processed food that’s all too much on our plates. Using the bread machine to make simple and quality recipes with basic foods, allows you to have bread, cakes, brioches, cakes of excellent quality, with in particular oil seeds and legumes, very good for health “, Explains Didier Rubio dietician, nutritionist, contacted by Medisite. “The advantage of the bread machine is that you can also make soups, jams, compotes, sauces that will be very interesting from a nutritional point of view because without additives, without preservatives, without emulsifiers, without artificial and other flavors”, he adds. the professional, co-author of La mie du diététicien (edited by Romain Pages, 2008).
So using your bread maker as a small food processor is a simple, affordable and effective way to eat well, with as few processed products as possible. “No industrial process – markers of ultra-transformation at times harmful to health – will change the nutritional composition of foods,” develops our expert. Assembling the basic ingredients yourself becomes a healthy gesture, as well as saving time as the machine works by itself. “Furthermore, in the inflationary context we are experiencing, there are also many savings to be made by using the bread machine for bread or any other recipe,” adds Didier Rubio.
Here are six recipes made with a bread maker. Note that the programs available and the length of the programs vary from machine to machine and changes may need to be made.
- 250 ml of water
- 1.5 teaspoons of salt
- 1 teaspoon of whole sugar
- 2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch of coriander
- 1 pinch of paprika
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 100 g of organic durum wheat semolina
- 250 g of organic corn flour
- 50 g of grated fresh carrots
- 50 g of cooked chickpeas
- 50 g of dried tomatoes
- 1 sachet of dry yeast
Put all the ingredients in the pan of the bread maker following the order of the list and start the machine. At the end of the program, take the bread out of the oven and place it on a rack to let it cool down before eating it.
Compote of apples / strawberries
- 4 apples
- 300 grams of strawberries
- ½ vanilla pod
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Peel the apples and cut them into pieces. Clean the strawberries. Pour everything into the bread machine with the “jam” program, which heats and mixes the contents of the bowl for the entire cooking time. Add cinnamon or vanilla bean or sugar for the sweet tooth. Leave to cook for about an hour. If you like compotes in pieces, mash the mixture with a fork, otherwise pass it to the giraffe blender. Then arrange in molds, place in the fridge and serve.
Coulis with tomato
- 6 very ripe tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 onion
- Aromatic herbs and spices according to your tastes
Wash, clean and seed the tomatoes. Clean and chop the garlic and onion. Pour all the ingredients into the bowl of the bread machine, choose the “jam” program, which lasts about an hour but varies depending on the machine. Depending on the thickness of the coulis you want and for a smoother consistency, heat even more by monitoring the preparation.
- 4 courgettes
- Chives or mint (optional)
Wash the courgettes and cut them into thin strips. Pour all the ingredients into the bread machine with the “jam” program and let it heat up. Then use a giraffe mixer to get a smoother texture.
- 150 g of round rice
- 1 liter of milk
- 1 vanilla pod
- 60 grams of whole sugar
Pour all the food into the bowl of your bread maker on the “jam” program and let it heat up for the duration of the program. It is important to be present at the end of cooking to remove the rice pudding from the bowl and prevent it from forming a block.
- Fresh fruit according to your tastes and the season
- Sugar containing pectin (the weight of the fruit divided by two)
- A spoonful of lemon juice
Wash and cut the fruit into small pieces, pour the ingredients into the bowl of the bread maker with the jam program. Count about 1h20, the jam is ready. For a smoother texture, use a giraffe blender.