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Whip up home-baked breads the easy way with these tips and healthy bread machine recipes.

Some people love to knead bread. Maybe it relaxes them or helps them work out frustrations. The bread machine is the perfect appliance for everyone else -- those who love the smell and taste of freshly baked bread and rolls, but don't have the need to knead.

The day I brought my bread machine home years ago was the day I retired from the whole "mixing, kneading, first rising" ceremony of bread making. I'll be honest with you, though -- I'm not crazy about the square loaves baked in the bread machine. That's why I'm a "dough cycle" kind of gal. This way you have the best of both worlds. You get to skip the mixing, kneading and first rising, yes. But then you take over and shape your bread or rolls, let them rise near your preheating oven, and bake them the old-fashioned way.

The dough cycle means the bread machine can do most of the work for you even if you're making pizza crust, rolls, or baguettes. When you press the "dough cycle" button, the machine stops the process after the first rising so you can form the dough. It then rises in its new shape for about 45 minutes, and then it's into the oven.

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