My trusty bread machine has gone to the place where appliances lay to rest.
Yesterday, I prepared to make pizza dough. With all the ingredients in the pan, I went to plug it in and... nothing. Nothing happened. I tried every plug in my kitchen and a few elsewhere. I checked the connections with the plug and inside the machine.
No visible issue, but no power either.
It had a long life, providing Mom and than me with delicious dough and breads. I was actually pretty sad; I'd lost a trusty friend. It will remain in its place of honor on the counter, until another comes to take its place.
Mourning the machine was quickly followed by panic- how can I still make pizza for dinner?
I did what I usually do in crisis- I called the Expert. Mom's instructions:
Use a spatula to scrape the ingredients into the food processor. Whirl a few times until the dough comes together (which it does very quickly). Empty the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Place the dough in a very large bowl (you can oil the bowl but it's not necessary so I didn't), cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot for at least an hour. The dough is sufficiently risen when you poke it and the indentation remains. Proceed as you would if the dough had been made in the bread machine.
Crisis averted. Thank you Mom, you saved me again.
Good night, Bread Man.