Large Capacity Bread Machines?


I only use my bread machines for kneading dough if I am making some buns. Mine will only do enough dough for that or one loaf of bread. Is there a machine out there that could handle kneading enough dough for 2 loaves, ie at least 6 cups of flour?

badge posted by: dachshundlady on April 03, 2012 at 7:23 am in Baking, bread machine
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reply by: HerBoudoir on April 03, 2012 at 8:59 am

My Zojirushi comfortably handles 5 cups of flour i.e. a 2 lb or so loaf (I use it as a doughmaker as well). I personally haven't seen larger capacity breadmakers than that, but they might be out there.

The question is if something is higher capacity, will it also handle a smaller amount of dough well? I know my Zo handles recipes well that take 3 cups of flour, but not much less than that.....and most of the time, I just don't need the high capacity.

I'll admit that I've been keeping my eye out for a back up machine at the local Goodwill or on freecycle for those times when I do need to up my production capacity (parties, holidays, etc)

reply by: dachshundlady on April 03, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I have two Breadman machines so I suppose I could get both out if I want to make two loaves. But, human nature being what it is, I just drag out the Kitchen Aid or knead by hand.

reply by: elsa on April 03, 2012 at 3:00 pm

My first ABM was a Breadman which I purchased on the advice of KAF. I was told it could handle up to 7 cups of flour and it did. All rising of dough was done outside the machine. When that failed (after lots of use) I purchased another Breadman which also did well. When that failed, I decided to look at thrift stores for a replacement since I only needed the machine to knead, since I bake in the oven. I purchased a Panasonic ($12) which does marvelously with up to 4 cups of flour. Since the mixing/kneading time is only 22 minutes, I can easily do another batch and have them both rising at approximately the same time. Last week I saw a Breadman Ultimate at a thrift store for $20, super clean. If I weren't in a de-cluttering mode, I would have purchased it for a backup.

reply by: dachshundlady on April 03, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Hmmm ... I bought my first Breadman AT the KAF store in VT. I wonder if it would do 7cups? And I picked up a second one for $8 at a thrift store.

reply by: Mrs Cindy on April 03, 2012 at 3:56 pm
Mrs Cindy

D-Lady I use my Zo for large quantities for kneading only. Once kneaded, I take the dough out for the proofing time since the machine isn't big enough to handle the risen dough.

If you have a Breadman, I would at least try the larger amounts. If it doesn't knead it adequently, you can always re-start the kneading cycle for a second knead or just dump the whole thing in your KA and write it off as an experiment. But it is definitely worth a try!


reply by: dachshundlady on April 03, 2012 at 4:54 pm

You are right, Cindy! Why didn't I think of that?? Another "duh!" moment for the dachshundlady.

reply by: elsa on April 04, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I just made the Dakota bread dough in my Panasonic ABM - 5 cups of bread flour, 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup combined seeds. It kneaded it all very well. I'd try out your machine to see if it would handle larger quantities. Stopped by the thrift store today - the Breadman is still there and was told everything will be 50% off on the14th and 15th. I'll see if it is still there....

reply by: dachshundlady on April 04, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Oh, I hope you can snag it!

reply by: meedee on April 04, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Will-Sonma has a Breavilla bread machine makes a 1 lb. to a 2 and 1/2 lb.It looks very nice,but very costly. Also read all the reviews.

reply by: elsa on April 05, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Dlady - thanks for the good wishes on the thrift store Breadman. Stopped in another store today and they had a Panasonic, identical to mine, for $8. Bought it! Can't get parts for that price!

reply by: dachshundlady on April 06, 2012 at 4:15 am

"Happiness is a back up bread machine!"

reply by: Mrs Cindy on April 09, 2012 at 10:22 pm
Mrs Cindy

Went to NAMS this weekend. They had several (6-8) different bread machines. None were in great condition, but there were 2 breadman's. None of these machines were over $2.00, most were $1.00. Unforfornunately, none were in good enough condition to interest me, but you can bet I'll be checking back!


reply by: BG from Bmore on April 23, 2012 at 10:36 am
BG from Bmore

I routinely make a challah dough in my Zo that calls for 6 -- and sometimes uses 6.5 -- cups of flour, and it hasn't failed me yet. This is a relatively soft dough, however, so do think about how a heavier dough might stress the machine.

reply by: Mrs Cindy on April 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm
Mrs Cindy

BG from Bmore has very good advice. You really need to know the capacity and quality of the machine.

I have made whole wheat bread, on the dough cycle, that requires 5 or more cups of flour. But I did this with my Zo. I would not consider using any other machine for a WW bread with this quantity of flour. It would over stress the motor. The brand of machine makes a big difference.

Consider what you will use the machine for before buying a second-hand bread machine.


reply by: easyquilts on May 01, 2012 at 4:29 am

Elsa..... Where did that de littering mode go? (VBG). Sounds as if you have decided to buy that breadmaker....