From my experience with bread machines–I’ve owned three—this one works the best. I bought this Cuisnart Convection Bread Machine used for $14.99, and I’ve made french bread four times–successfully. The Amazon reviews made me nervous, but I had already bought it at the thrift shop, so I figured I just lost my fifteen bucks and I’ll get over it. Half of the reviews are more than positive, but the poor reviews are extremely negative.
This model uses convection baking which makes the crust cripsy, and I really prefer it. It is difficult to get out of the pan, but I’m working on a way to change that. The paddle can be removed before the last rise–which I believe is a plus.
It’s been a nice break when I don’t feel like baking my usual six loaves at a time.
Nothing looks sadder than bread machine bread, but this bread tastes surprisingly good.