Many years ago, we visited friends who served us fresh, hot bread – it was a real treat. They made it in a bread machine that they’d bought from DAK Industries – we liked it so much, we bought the same machine and named it R2. We made a lot of bread over the years; eventually, R2’s paddle got scratched up, but we were able to buy a replacement on eBay and we kept using the machine. After Jeff left for college, we used it less and less, but it’s always had a place on our counter.
We didn’t have any bread in the house for Shabbat, so Diane plugged R2 into the wall and made one of our favorites, English Muffin Bread. Even though the flour and yeast were fresh, it didn’t rise a lot – but it was tasty, and that’s what counts.