Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker

Mom found this breadmaker at a yard sale last year and bought it for me because she knew I’d been wanting one.  She owns the same model and likes it. I never got around to using it last year, so it was high time I tried.

I’ve been reading up on bread machines and learned that this gets good reviews for low-priced bread machines due to its many features. I’d seen this model on Amazon, but never bought it.

Howie and I buy good 100% whole grain breads, but they’re really expensive even when on sale. Last night we bought the basic ingredients for wheat bread and I’m going to try making my own.
Here’s the machine’s maiden voyage in our home today! I will post better videos later, but wanted to post something today and my phone was in my pocket. 🙂

This is the recipe. I made a basic 100% whole wheat recipe from Oster’s website. The only thing I changed was adding 4 tsp wheat gluten.

100% Whole Wheat Bread


– 1-5/8 cups water
– 2 tsp salt
– 4 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
– 4 tsp wheat gluten (not in original recipe)
– 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
– 3 tsp active dry yeast


– Measure and add liquid ingredients to the bread pan.
– Measure and add dry ingredients (except yeast) to the bread pan. .
– Use your finger to form a well (hole) in the flour where you will pour the yeast. Yeast must NEVER come into contact with a liquid when you are adding ingredients. Measure the yeast and carefully pour it into the well.
– Snap the baking pan into the breadmaker and close the lid.
– Press “Select” button to choose the Whole Wheat setting.
– Press the “Crust Color” button to choose light, medium or dark crust.
– Press the “Start/Stop” button

Source: Oster website

I’d love to hear your favorite bread machine recipes. Please leave links to your favorites in the comments!

I’m also going to take a stab at making frozen berry jam with this thing; I have a couple bags of frozen mulberries in the freezer, so what better use for some of them!

UPDATE 7:00pm – The bread is tasty! It has a very crunchy exterior, but is soft and moist inside. I think next time I’ll make it on the light setting instead of medium.

One thought on “Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker

  1. Kevin had a breadmaker and he enjoyed using it and trying different recipes. We like cheesy bread – like the muffins they serve at Red Lobster.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *