My wife brought home a great thrift store find today: a bread maker called the Hitachi Automatic Home Bakery HB-B101. She bought it half price for $3.50! It looks like it is in great shape. The only problem is that its manual is missing. I’ve been spoiled by the availability of product manuals online and thought, “big deal! I’ll just find it online.” Well, in this case the manual is pretty good at being a fugitive: No matter how I search for it, all I get is links to other people looking for it, or links to eBay listings where it is selling for upwards of $15. The Hitachi site was not helpful — the only section on bread makers is in Japanese.
Fortunately, our basic recipe is printed on a sticker the side of the machine:
|From Hitachi HB-B101|
I posted it here because I got the sense from my web hunt that this isn’t printed on every version of this machine.
Another thing we had to figure out is that you have to snap the bread bowl down into place securely before it will let you start the mixing/kneading/baking process. A lot of people (us included) were getting an Error message (blinking E) until we figured this out.
In case someone else who bought one of these didn’t get the recipe, here you go:
MAKING LOAD BREAD (must be a translation thing)
Water: 3/4 cup
Bread Flour: 2 cups
Salt: 1 teaspoon
Sugar: 2 tablespoons
Butter: 1 tablespoon
Dry milk: 1 tablespoon
Dry yeast: 1-1 1/2 teaspoons
1. Pour 3/4 cup of water into the bread pan.
2. Add all dry ingredients except the DRY yeast.
3. Place the DRY yeast on top of the DRY flour. Do not mix.
4. Press the START button
“Your oven-fresh bread will be ready in 4 hours and 10 minutes. It is more convenient if you use the built-in delay timer.”
Thanks to someone who posted at this website, here is the recipe for a large loaf (though I’ve never seen a 9/16 measuring cup before):
Water 9/16 cup (4.6 oz)
Fresh milk 9/16 cup
bread flour 3 cups
salt 1 1/2 teaspoons
sugar 3 tablespoons
butter 1 1/2 tablespoons
dry yeast 1 teaspoon (“bread” setting)
2 teaspoons (“bread rapid” setting)
If anyone who has found the post has an electronic copy of the manual, I’d sure appreciate it. During my search I did find an article about how to use automatic bread makers in general: http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/breadmachinemanual.htm