I’ve always loved to bake bread. At one time, I had accumulated several breadmakers from yard sales and had them all going at once! About 8 years ago, I started to do it all from scratch (no machine, just hand kneading). I really loved it! I quickly got a feel for a dough that was the right consistency and one that needed a little more flour or moisture.
After about 3 years, my hands started to have severe pain and swelling. I went to the doctor and they eliminated the possibility of premature arthritis, but he thought perhaps I had ganglion cysts (I had cyst like lumps on my knuckles). Since then, we had Will’s diagnosis of Ehler’s Danlos, so there is a strong likelihood that my issue stems from the same genetic disorder of the joint tissues. Either way, I couldn’t make bread by hand any longer, which was very depressing! I had long since worn out my kitchen aid making bread dough, so I purchased a Bosch. The new machine makes WAY more dough than my old machine! I can use a 5# bag of flour and make multiple loaves at the same time!
I love this machine! I try and bake bread 1-2 times a week, but in the heat of the summer, it is more like only once a week.