I've been trying "Artisan Bread in 5 min/day" for the past few years and have finally decided that I wish I had my old bread machine back. My husband eats sandwiches every day, so "artisan bread" is not as useful to me as a rectangular loaf--and I have not been very successful with whole wheat in loaf pans. (White is fine, whole grain comes out kinda soggy and dense.)
So after a lot of research, I had pretty much decided that I'd like the Panasonic SD-YD250--until I saw on a bread-making blog that someone liked using her Bosch Compact Mixer for making bread. I've now watched the You-tube videos for the mixer and am wondering if I'd get more use out of it than the bread machine.
What I should tell you is that I have (mild) arthritis in my hands and wrists which is why I don't want to have to mix or knead dough by hand. If the mixer can do a lot more stuff, plus make dough ready for loaf pans, then perhaps I should go with that? But I know I'd also be happy with simply dumping ingredients in a bread machine. This is my conflict.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.