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      18.09.2013 15:06
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      A high-quality bread maker packed with features - would recommend

      I've been making my own bread for years now and in my opinion there's no shop-brought bread that can beat a freshly baked homemade loaf and the lovely smell that goes with it. This AWT BR8 bread maker by Breville was a house-moving gift from a friend but as we already had one (the Morphy Richards 48322) we use this as a spare.

      --- The Look ---

      This is part of a kitchen range endorsed by the celebrity chef Anthony Worrall Thompson and as a result is designed to look very stylish. It does indeed look impressive and professional on the kitchen worktop with the shiny silver finish. On the top is a clear viewing window surrounded by a metal edge to watch the bread rising and to the right of this is a set of controls. An LCD display is located above a touch-pad of buttons to see what stage or time the bread is at. Above this is a clearly visible list of settings and options. In addition to the breadmaker itself is a booklet with instructions and useful recipes (all by Antony Worrall Thompson of course).

      --- Features ---

      This breadmaker is quite an expensive model and as such is absolutely packed with features. The first is a range of 12 different programmes for making a variety of bread as well as pasta, dough for pizza or cakes and preserves such as jam. In addition there are a whopping 68 options for baking and kneading including the type of crust (light to dark), number of loaves, loaf size (750g, 1kg or 1.25kg) and extendible bake and rise for browner, crispier crusts. You can also set the machine to remember your favourite programmes with the Smartbake feature - I find this especially convenient for when I'm in a rush. The rapid bake lets you cook a loaf in as little time as possible, albeit a pretty small one. A unique feature not found in many other breadmakers is the fruit and nut dispenser with a beeper which distributes pieces as the bread or cake is being kneaded. The timer is a more common feature which has a delay of 15-hours so you can be greeted by the smell of freshly baked bread when you wake up or come home. For safety the machine also has a power interruption protection as well as a baking guide that pops out.

      --- Functionality & Usage ---
      I've only used this machine a handful of times as I already have one but I have made quite a few different loaves on it including banana bread and wholemeal bread. It's not the easiest breadmaker to use initially due to the range of different options and the fact that the buttons are a bit confusing but once you've gotten past this it is reasonably straightforward. Once you've selected the options you want (size, crust type...) you press the start button and off it goes. This can be made really simple due to the smartbake memory so you can automatically select a recipe which is already stored. Like all breadmakers this one takes about 2 hours for a small loaf and up to 4 for a large one. It beeps to let you know the bread is done but you don't have to take it out straight away as the machine will keep the loaf warm for you. My first loaf I ever made on this went a bit wrong and came out misshapen but this was my fault and I don't blame the machine! Every other loaf I've made has been really good - the bread is usually moist and soft with a gorgeous crispy edge just the way I like it. The loaves usually last about 2-3 days before starting to go dry and I tend to freeze mine when they are still fresh.

      The machine is easy to keep clean with a simple wipe down with a damp cloth. You just have to take out the parts that come into contact with the bread and give them a wash in soapy water and put them back. Simple.

      --- Summary ---
      I really do like this machine and if I didn't already have one that I'm perfectly happy with then I would use it a lot more often. It does cost a lot of money but it is very well-made, stylish and most importantly produces great bread so if you want something a bit more flashy with lots of gadgets and features then this is probably the breadmaker for you.

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        03.09.2009 08:51
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        Lots of fab recipes and easy to follow instructions - making fresh bread is easy!

        We bought this bread machine shortly after we got married five years ago to replace a smaller bread machine. As with most people, we were lured by the idea of having the smell of freshly baked bread in our house, as well as being able to eat bread and know exactly what had gone into it. The bread machine comes with an instruction book and separate Anthony Worrall Thompson recipe book, packed full of bread, cake and jam ideas. The first loaf we made was called "Chocolate Bread" and it was extremely yummy! The bread maker also makes 'regular' loaves of bread, as well as wheat and gluten free bread. For me though, the real benefit is all the fancy loaves you can make, such as fruit bread and gingerbread - there are countless mouth-watering recipes. You can also make jam easily (no thermometer required!) and once you've tasted home made jam, you'll never buy shop-bought jam again - trust me! Technically, the bread maker is easy to use - simply measure the ingredients out in the order they appear in each recipe into the machine, then press the appropriate button (depending on what you're making), select your loaf size and crust colour ... and off you go! The bread slips out easily after baking (something that I found a problem with my last bread maker) and cleaning is just a case of wiping down, thanks to the non-stick surface. An excellent bread machine!

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          24.06.2007 21:58
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          really worht buying if you want a good breadmaker and lvoe your bread!

          As a couple, we first bough out Antony Worrall Thompson Breville Br8 Bread Machine almost 2 years ago, bought for my wife, but used by both of us. This was to replace a not-so-good Murphy Richards machine which made yeasty bread and misshaped loaves.

          The Br8 was getting mixed reviews at the time, some good and some bad, but it was the top-of-the-range model, which of course meant pricey (at around £100-£120), but look at it, it was shiny and very pretty, it must be good!

          So it was bought, and bought it was even though I was admittedly very unsure how much use this thing got, I mean, for a family of four, how was my wife going to make enough bread to feed us all? So as I do with anything I doubt the rest of the family will use, I kept the receipt just in case, but I will tell you know, that receipt has long since been binned...

          Let me give you a rundown of the features:

          -68 Baking and Kneading options: Ok, it’s a bread machine, so it makes bread yes? Well, yes, breads and pizzas and jams and cakes... options that allow you to choose crust colour (light, medium or dark), size (750g, 1kg, 1.25kg), and a plethora of other options!

          -Rapid Bake: Forgot to put the loaf on the night before? Need a little bread for some soup? Well, the Br8 even has a turbo setting that allows u to cook a small loaf in as little as 2 hours!

          -Delay timer, and keep warm: Going out? Want fresh bread when u come back or when you wake up? Like to eat your bread still warm and toasty? Well you can make use of the delay timer to start the bread cooking up to 15 hours after you turned the machine on! Or just leave the loaf in the machine with the keep warm feature running, giving you fresh bread at any time in the day!

          -Fruit and Nut dispenser: A fruitcake fan? Well add the fruit to the fruit and nut dispenser and it will evenly distribute it throughout the kneading process, so no longer do you have crushed nuts =P

          -Simplicity: That's right, it is simple, brilliant for the wife as in my case, simple 3 or four step process, select what you want to bake, and then maybe some little options like size and crust then baddabing baddaboom, its kneading away.... oh yeah and remember to add the ingredients (unlike me once...)

          OK, theres the sales pitch for Beeville (I think I should get commission for this!) but any way the reason I’m spreading the word about this machine is because in my opinion, it is one of the best. Loaf after loaf is nothing but perfection, and we make 2-3 loaves a day, and its seen over 600 loaves all together! And not a single quarrel!

          Well, one little quarrel I guess, and that was that the pain cracked and chipped off within a month, making it an ugly little thing, which meant when we did up the kitchen, we wanted to buy a new machine, you know, to go with the looks, so guess what we bought... a Beeville AWT Br8! Talk about keeping to what you know!

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            01.02.2004 17:05
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            br> I thought it might take some time to get used to having a breadmaker. I'm hopeless with any sort of technology, and considering how long it took me to learn to work the video, I really believed it might be months before I got the knack of this bread thing. But it's really very easy, and very convenient. I got an Antony Worrall Thompson Breville breadmaker a couple of months ago, and not only is it one of the prettiest, shiniest breadmakers around, it's also got all sort of really good extra bits and pieces which make it worth spending a little more on. Everyone knows the basics of breadmaking with a breadmaker: you fill the bread pan with your ingredients, in the right order, close the lid, set the timer, and wait for the machine to do the work. You can leave your bread to cook overnight, or leave it on while you are out at work all day, and come home to the glorious smell of a freshly baked loaf. That's what any breadmaker will do, even if you opt for the cheapest model. So what makes the Breville worth that little bit more of your hard-earned cash? *It's very simple to set the programme* Even I can manage it. There are six basic settings ? you pick the appropriate number, choose your crust colour and your loaf size, perhaps add some time to the timer to delay the baking, and then press start. Not hard to master. * It has an automatic fruit and nut dispenser* You drop your mixed fruit/nuts into the compartment before setting the timer. The breadmaker releases them into the dough during the kneading cycle, which means they end up nice and evenly dispersed throughout the dough, and they don't get crushed. *It has a memory* Well, of sorts. It will save up to 8 different recipes in the memory, which means you don't have to keep digging out your breadmaking book when you want to try something a little bit different. There is also a pop out baking card attached to the
            machine (like you get on a telephone handset) which means if you lose the recipe booklet, you won't be completely scuppered. *It has 68 different baking and kneading options* This breadmaker doesn't just make bread, it makes you a jam sandwich, a pizza and then some cake to follow. I'm not going to list all 68 options, but they include basic white and brown breads, gluten and yeast free breads, whole wheat, French breads, sweet breads, cake, jam, pizza dough, and even pasta. Disappointingly, it won't make the pasta into cooked pasta twists like I was hoping: you do actually have to put the pasta through a pasta machine and cook it! There are different loaf sizes to choose from, from a 750g loaf to a 1.5kg one. There are also three crust settings ? light, medium and dark. There's even a turbo setting, so you can make a loaf in super-quick time ? two hours for the smallest turbo loaf. Larger loaves are all around the 3-4 hour mark. *It has a timer delay and a keep warm function* Not only can you delay the timer so that if you leave the house at 7am, the machine doesn't start baking until mid-afternoon, but you can also opt for the bread to be kept warm after it has been baked, if you want to wait a little longer before eating it! You can set the timer to delay the onset of baking for up to 15 hours. * It tells you what it's doing and when it's doing it* There are some symbols on the LCD of the breadmaker which guide you through the cooking stages. There are clear symbols for pre-heating, kneading, rising, baking, and keeping warm stages. Which means you know exactly what stage your bread is at (for all the control freaks out there.) There is also a large viewing window (with a light) so that you can watch the weird goings on inside. *Power interruption thingywhatsit* If there's a powercut or powersurge while you are out at work, your breadmaker will recognise it and hold it&#
            39;s memory for 10 minutes. Then when the power supply returns, it will continue where it left off. Which is kind of clever. *It's really easy to clean* Removing your cooked loaf is a doddle. You just turn the bread pan upside down onto a wire tray, and the loaf slides out. The bread pan just needs a wipe (no harsh detergents though) and you're ready to start all over again. The fruit and nut dispenser comes right out so you can clean that easily as well. *It's a good quality make* You have to pay for quality, but it usually rewards you. This model is around the £100 mark: the Amazon price is £99.47. There are certainly cheaper breadmakers available, (the Breville breadmaster is £53) so it?s really a case of weighing up how valuable the extras I've listed are to you. Breville is a well respected manufacturer, and there's nothing flimsy or worrying about the actual machine: it's remained in perfect working order since I got it, and I have no doubts it will do for quite some time. The machine comes with a one-year guarantee, but I'm pretty sure I won't need to use it. The quality of the bread products you make is probably mostly dependent on the ingredients you use and on how closely you follow any given recipes, rather than the actual machine itself. The recipe booklet gives measurements in grams and fluid ounces, which suits me fine. The only unusual thing I've bought in order to follow Mr W-T's recipes to the letter is skimmed milk powder (although you can choose to use real milk if you aren't using a delay setting). His recipes also call for "bread improver" which I haven't found in supermarkets although I believe it is readily available in health food shops. He does say it's not a problem to leave it out, and I certainly don't think the bread I've made has suffered because of the lack of it.

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              28.01.2004 02:36

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              Excellent Breadmaker - Advantages: Lovely bread, Clear instruction book, Easy to use - Disadvantages: Quite expensive

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            Short name: Breville AWT BR8