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You don't need a bread maker to be an experienced baker, or even enjoy the occasional home-baked goods. Sure, the low-maintenance appliance makes fresh bread accessible the way that slow cookers saved dinner after long days, but it's quite a countertop commitment for cooking only a portion of your meals. If you already have a stand mixer, consider instead investing in a palm-sized attachment that can do the same work: the dough hook. After kneading the bread dough to develop the gluten that makes it rise just so, you can pop that loaf into your oven.
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