Friday night my bread machine finally decided it had had enough. I’d replaced the pan once already and as my son pointed out, I’ve had it for at least 10 years. After bidding it a final farewell, I bought myself the top of the line bread machine I’d been coveting for a couple of years now. The Zojirushi Virtuoso. I have to say though I was leery about spending that kind of money on a bread machine, I am impressed.  So far I’d say it’s worth it, though I’ve only used it twice. It sure beats the other bread machine I had.  It mixes better, it cooks better, and it looks a whole lot better.  Not that looks are really that important, but hey…  It will also do a whole lot more than my old bread machine. This thing makes jam, cakes, sourdough starter, etc. You can even set this thing up to make things custom, like set your mixing time, rest time and bake time. I doubt I’ll use half of the things this machine does, but it’s pretty cool anyway.  So, in celebration of my new bread machine, I thought I’d share a recipe.  This actually happens to be the 1st one I tried in the machine.  It’s an old recipe but boy it sure tasted good in this new machine  LOL. Enjoy!

Jalapeño Bread

yield: 1.5 lb. loaf


1 cup water

1 1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

6 tbsp diced jalapeños

3 cups all purpose flour (I do 2 cups all purpose and 1 cup white whole wheat flour)

2 tsp yeast


Add water into bread machine first, followed by the other ingredients. Add yeast in last.  Bake on Basic Bread cycle.