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There’s nothing better than home baked breads, and you can make them even better by decorating in spooky designs for the family. Try these easy tested recipes with your Zojirushi Breadmaker and use a bit of artistic flair to get ready for Halloween. First, a foolproof, fresh baked bread with a push of a button. Then a chance to get creative and show off your decorating talents. And finally, watch your family gobble them up and be very impressed—fun times! If you still don’t have a Breadmaker, well…what are you waiting for?
All of our breadmaker recipes have been tested to bake beautifully in our Zojirushi Breadmakers. Depending on which one you have, follow the correct recipe for either the 2-lb. or 1-lb. size.
This Tear and Share style loaf might be especially fun for Trick or Treaters. Have your friends’ little ones come and take their own piece of bread! They can also help you decorate each piece too.
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So easy to bake and so easy to decorate. Top off with a spooky toy spider, or make this the centerpiece of your dessert table by hanging the spider from the ceiling, right above your freaky webbed bread!
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If it’s October, it must be pumpkin season. This dessert roll features our favorite gourd so you can enjoy the taste of Fall. Bake this for a family get-together or even better, for tomorrow’s breakfast!
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Many, many years ago in a small village in Ireland, there lived a drunkard who nobody liked, called “Stingy Jack”. He had such a bad reputation, the Devil himself decided it was time to meet this very foul fellow. Thinking his evil life had finally caught up to him when he saw the Devil, Jack convinced him to have one last drink with him at the local pub. When it came time to pay for the drinks, of course Jack had no intention of settling the bill. Instead, he talked the Devil into transforming himself into a coin, so they could pay for the drinks—then the Devil could turn himself back afterward and they could both escape the pub. How could the Devil resist such a mischievous plan?
He did it, but Jack slyly put the coin in his pocket where he was keeping a small crucifix. This weakened the Devil and prevented him from changing back. Jack made a deal with him right then and there—don’t take his soul to Hell upon his death, and Jack would set him free. The contract was struck; and outsmarted, the frustrated Devil was allowed to change back from the shape of a coin.
Years later, when Stingy Jack really did die, his terrible deeds prevented him from getting into the Gates of Heaven, which was no surprise. But ironically, Jack couldn’t get into the underworld of Hell either, because the Devil got the last laugh by keeping his end of the bargain. He didn’t take Jack’s soul. Instead, he gave Jack a burning ember from Hell, which he kept inside a hollowed out turnip—Jack’s favorite food. Jack was forever forced to roam the Netherworld, barred from both Heaven and Hell for eternity, with only the glowing turnip to light his way. He became known as “Jack of the Lantern”, or “Jack-o-Lantern”!
We hope you enjoyed that story! That Irish folktale is one of the most popular depicting the origins of the Halloween pumpkin, and turnips were used to carve into faces before pumpkins. The custom is believed to have started in Ireland during the 19th Century.
Yes, pumpkins are fruits—part of the same family as melons, cucumbers, squash and gourds. Here’s some more stuff you might want to know:
Pumpkins are healthy for you. They are loaded with nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin B, magnesium and iron. They have more potassium than bananas, are low in calories and fat, and have more fiber than kale.
Pumpkins originated in Central America, and are grown today all over the world—even in Alaska. In fact, the only continent where pumpkins aren’t grown is Antarctica.
Do you love roasting the seeds as a snack? Each pumpkin has approximately 500 seeds that you can enjoy!
A long time ago…pumpkins were thought to be a cure for freckles and snake bites.
Also a long time ago…pumpkin halves were supposedly used as guides for haircuts in colonial New England. Thus the term, “pumpkinhead”.
That’s enough pumpkin facts for now, agreed?
  Even though baking is a science, you don’t need a Ph.D. to have success. Anyone can do it, and it can be so much fun and so rewarding, you’ll want to bake everyday! The secret is in the details, so follow our tips and you’ll be a master baker in no time!
Get Fresh.
Select ingredients with the most recent manufacturing dates and use them as soon as possible after opening.
Always store yeast in the refrigerator.
Precision, Precision, Precision.
Ingredients are most accurately measured by weight. If possible, we recommend the use of a kitchen scale.
We recommend using a digital scale (that measures in 0.1g increments).
Do not use the supplied Liquid Measuring Cup to measure flour and other dry ingredients. The supplied Liquid Measuring Cup is for liquids only.
When using the supplied Nested Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoon, make sure to fill to the brim with the ingredients and level off.
Do not tap or tightly pack ingredients into the spoon.
Doing so will cause inaccurate measurement.
Water Temperature is Related to Ambient Temperature.
If the bread rises too high or collapses (causing a dent in the center) due to high room temperatures (77℉/25℃ or higher), use colder water (about 41℉/5℃). (Use water chilled in the refrigerator.)
If the bread does not rise as desired due to low room temperatures (50℉/10℃ or lower), use warmer water (about 78℉/20℃).
When It’s Done, Take It Out!
Be sure to wear oven mitts to remove the bread, and place the bread on a cooling rack or something similar to elevate the bread and allow excess heat and moisture to escape from its bottom.
If the bread is not removed immediately after baking completes, the sides of the bread may collapse or the crust may become thick or dark.
Since it is difficult to slice bread immediately after baking, slice the bread with a bread knife after it cools.
Your rice cooker does a lot more than you think! See recipes next month for Quinoa and Steel Cut Oats, so easy to prepare with your Zojirushi Rice Cooker!