In Japan, particularly in Kamakura, it is extremely difficult to find decently priced 100% natural and healthy whole-wheat bread.
One of my favourite bakeries charges roughly $1 per slice (they’re sold in packs of 4 slices for ~400yen). It’s crazy, but the alternatives such as convenience store bread, are horrible.
I was tipped off about the idea of making my own bread, so a short visit to my favourite recycle shop found me returning home with a practically new Panasonic bread maker for less than $50 (it’s $300 new). The “catch” was it didn’t come with an instruction manual or measuring cup. Hah! I quickly found the manual online while I was still in the store.
My first attempt was a whole wheat bread with the following ingredients:
Amazingly, it worked perfectly on my first try. It tastes delicious, and even better when topped with some peanut butter.
With this machine, I hope to never buy shitty Japanese bread ever again (I’m looking at you, shokupan).
As I gain better control of my quantities, I’ll start to experiment with other ingredients and flavours, but for now this is awesome!
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