I've made a total of three loaves so far. The first was the white bread formula in the Zojirushi manual. It came out fine but it was nothing remarkable.
Next, I hauled out Beth Hensperger's The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook. The resulting - the remains of which you can see in the right in the photo - loaf was wonderful. The texture and flavor were just what I expect homemade bread to be.
TIme to experiment. I wanted to make something other than plain old white bread. But I wanted to make is NOW so I needed to find a formula using only what I had on hand. The Zojirushi manual has a formula for 'Dutch Apple Cake'. What if I add a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder? I did. The result - on the left in the accompanying lousy photo - was described by my Sweet Lady Wife as 'sinfully good'.
Gonna try making pumpernickel next...