I have had one for years and have had to almost hold it together with wire and tape - the pan has lost all its non stick and the paddle is the same - despite the fact that it made bread perfectly well for ages -the fact is, it needed replacement parts pretty soon after we bought it .As Breville offer no after sales spares for this model and you cant chase any down anywhere my advise is buy a breadmaker from a company that at least offers you spare pans and paddles as believe me these are the parts that will always go first - I have been on so many sites looking for spares only to discover that many others are looking for exactly the same as I am so it would appear a very common fault -So sad as it is to say look to another company and see what spares they offer you first before you buy
Although it´s lovely to make fresh, homemade bread from scratch, the process can be a bit messy and tedious - the same goes for dough for pizza and the like. This breadmaker has made the process so much easier, and it´s the work of minutes really to put in the ingredients and set the machine to the correct functions, then sit back and wait for the bread to be ready (a couple of hours normally, although it can be less). You can also set it to a delay function, so it comes on at, say, six in the morning, and makes the bread while you´re sleeping, so you wake up to a batch of piping-hot, just-made bread.
At about fifty-sixty pounds, this isn´t the cheapest piece of kitchen equipment you´ll buy, and in a way it´s a lot for what´s just a labour-saving device, but if you´ve got the spare money, or you like to make a lot of bread, it´s a worthwhile investment that we´ve never had problems with. Also, you save money on shop-bought bread!
The machine is very easy to operate, and comes with a booklet that explains all the different settings and gives you some ideas for different recipes to try out. Although you can set it to make the dough and cook it, I like to just let it make the dough, then knock it into shape, add toppings like seeds etc. and put it on a baking tray in the oven, which I think gives a nicer finish. Obviously, as this is fresh bread, it doesn´t keep for long, and goes dry quite quickly, so it´s best to eat it on the day you make it, although you can freeze loaves if you make several at once.
There really aren´t any disadvantages to this product - it´s very easy to clean, as the "basket" that you put the ingredients in pops out easily, and the blades that stir the mixture are easy to remove and clean. Everything is very quick and easy, and it beeps to let you know when it´s done, so you can leave it to do its own thing.
Overall, I think this is an excellent purchase that makes cooking so much easier - it´s so much nicer to have your own homemade bread, and the ingredients are so cheap. For quality and ease of use, I would certainly recommend this product.
After expressing an interest in making bread, this machine was given to me by a friend who had upgraded hers, and I must say I am very pleased with this machine. It isn't overly complicated and just makes great, fresh bread every time.
I have had a look at other breadmakers and have owned a few in the past and I must say it's very good value as it is in the lower price range of breadmakers, but this certainly doesn't mean that it isn't as good.
The machine has a range of setting including white light, medium and dark, wheat light, medium and dark, french loaf, rapid rise, and dough. There are also size options which give you a guide but all take the same time.
I love the fact that you can see the dough through the top, you can see how the bread is getting on.
The machine is quite big, so does need a fair bit of space to sit in if like me you've always got it out! It is a bit of a bulky workhorse but very reliable.
The manual has a lot of really delicious recipes inside too, so you'll never be stuck for something to make!
My one small niggle is that the metal tin can be a bit of a pain to get into the machine, and it is quite difficult to get the bread out of it.
Other than that it is a lovely machine and you really won't look back once you've had the smell of fresh bread wafting around in your kitchen!
The Breville Breadmaster is a very good breadmaker, especially for the price.
Breadmaking in general
Baking your own bread is one of the most satisfying things you can do in the kitchen, although if you want to do this the old-fashioned way, either you need the patience of a saint, or you can somehow fit your routine around a process that takes around 6 hours in all. This is where breadmakers come in!
With all breadmakers, the results are never quite as good as the real thing - the heating tends to lead to a thicker, dense crust than bakery-bought bread and the metal beater gets cooked into the bread, unless it's a very expensive make, but it's streets ahead of the supermarket plastic-packed offerings and perfecting your recipe is a fun challenge in itself!
The Breville Breadmaster
Out of the box it's as you would expect and no more - the electronic display is very basic and consists of red LED lights and an alarm-clock LED timer section, which seems a bit last century now. However, we're dealing with bread here, so in some ways the less processing power, the more charmingly simple.
The bread tin and detachable metal beater are both made out of good, thick metal and the tin itself has a handle for lifting it in and out of the machine (careful - it still gets very hot though!).
There is a fairly small range of settings you can choose from (small, medium, large and dark, medium, light) which determine the cooking speed for the bread. The simplicity here is nice as after all it is up to the breadmaker to take care of anything more than that! There are also dough and cook functions, but I can't say I've tried them.
One of the best settings, though, is the delay timer, which allows you to wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread. What could be better?
One handy tip, though, is to always add the water first as this avoids there being corners of the bread which remain as flour as they don't get mixed with the other ingredients at the beating stage. This certainly isn't a fault specific to the breadmaster, and there are plenty of discussion boards on the web with this kind of advice.
The results are usually very good indeed and consistent. If it goes wrong, it is most likely down to human error than the machine. The guide also comes with a very useful "troubleshooting" section which allows you to analyse where you went wrong, if the finished product isn't how you hoped.
On my 60th birthday my son gave me a Breville breadmaker ,like his own.It did not rise the bread and was replaced.I did not get on too well wirh the replacement but did not like to complain again.Now 8 years later I tried again and realise that it mixes the dough ,but not no heat comes on to rise the dough and I believe that there should be a fan going.I think perhaps there was a bad batch made and my son was ripped off. I have a breadmaker looking as good as new but of no use.Can I buy some part to fix this problem or do I remain a non-believer in bread machines? I CAN make bread by hand/do I put this lovely clean machine in the bin? and condemn Breville for ever!Mabel Ronald at The Old Church,Perthshire FK20 8RX
I have a Breville Bakers Oven and I find it very useful. It only has one kneading hook and produces vertical rather than horizontal loaves (which some people say are better), but I find it works fine for me. It's very easy to use, almost foolproof and takes only 5 minutes to get the ingredients ready.
It doesn't come with many recipies though, and most of the recipies given use quite unusal ingredients or are gluten -free so I don't use them. It would be very useful if you are allergic to gluten or yeast. It should have more normal recipes, I think.
Anyhow you can also make pizza dough and buns from it -very easy and delicious.
The only drawback is that the bread doesn't keep fresh for more than a day or two. I get round this by putting it in the freezer and then just microwave or toast it and it's as good as new.
You can also make jam with this if you are hardworking enough! It also has a rapid bread function which turns out a loaf in half the time, but it's not worth it. The bread is doughy and heavy and not nice.
In summary it's worth the money. I've had mine for 3 years and have used it about once a week to once a fortnight since.
Breville B10 Bread Machine
I brought this bread machine about a year and a half ago now, and i love it! This cost me £50.00 from Debenhams (and i used a £50 gift voucher my boss gave me for Christmas!), and is Stainless Steel. There are 2 kneading hooks inside the removable bread tin, which can hold a 2lb loaf. I wanted a bread machine for ages, and got jealous when my step dad had his for Christmas! I had to spend my vouchers on a bread machine, and i had to make sure mine was better than his!!! My step dad's bread machine cost a lot more than mine did, but it only has 1 kneading hook inside. The bread comes out stodgy and heavy, not at all appealing. The bread from my bread machine is light, fluffy and always has a perfect crust. There is a fruit and nut beep, so that you can add extras without them being chopped up too much, the dried fruit stays whole because it's added in at the last minute before the final kneading / rising cycle. It has 2 size settings for a smaller or larger loaf, and it has 3 crust settings for wither a light, medium or dark crust. There are a load of settings on this as well. You can create your own bread making cycle, make cakes, jam, a dough cycle so that you can make rolls - create the dough in the machine, then take it out after the last rise and bake it in the oven. This also lets you make different shaped loaves, rather than the "typical" square loaf that a bread machine produces. It has a Bake only cycle, so that you can have pre-prepared bread or cake dough to cook. It also has Gluten Free, Sweet, Quick, Whole Wheat, French and Super Quick cycles, as well as the Basic bread cycle. If you are buying your first bread machine, or even buying a replacement, i would definately recommend this!
My mum bought me this spectacular piece of machinery for Christmas. She had one herself and made the mistake of offering me a slice of freshly baked bread with home-made raspberry jam. From then on, I constantly nagged at her to make me a loaf. She soon tired of this and decided to buy me one, in the hope I'd leave her alone. I believe this breadmaker retails between anything from £50 - £60 and is available in many stores like Argos, Makro, etc. I don't know the exact cost as I mentioned before it was a lovely gift from my mum. Breville have a long-standing high reputation in kitchen appliances and I am pleased to say that this product is no different and it lives up to its name, and yes it does what it says on the box. This bread maker doesn't look at all different to any other bread makers on the market. It is white, square in shape, has buttons on the top and a window for you to watch the whole bread-making process. To this day I still enjoy watching the dough being kneaded and pummeled. I must get out more. This bread machine is fan-assisted which is great as it helps with even cooking. The hand-book supplied is very comprehensive and contains a few recipes to start you off, including several gluten-free options should you have any dietry requirements. You can also prepare pizza dough, bread rolls or French bread. The list is endless. Like other bread machines on the market, the Breville Breadmaster is simple to use. There are no fiddley parts to assemble and the instructions are all clear and easy to follow. Firstly you need to remove the bread pan from the machine with a simple twist and add the ingredients as listed in order. Return the pan to the machine, close the lid, switch on, select desired program, size of loaf (500g, 750g, or 1kg) and let the machine do its business. The first time I made a loaf I watched the whole process and I started to panic during the 'rise' program. I
could see the dough rising and it looked like it was going to work its way out the machine. But everything was fine, no need to worry. After 3.5 hours my lovely loaf was ready. If this seems too long to wait there is a rapid bake program, but I've yet to try this as I'm quite happy to wait longer. There is a built-in timer which is ideal for those who want to wake up to the smell of fresh bread in the morning. The timer can be delayed for up to 13 hours. It has taken a few attempts to get the perfect loaf of bread, I find experimenting with the ingredients can give better results, sometimes adding a little bit more sugar and less yeast can help. All in all, I am really pleased with my bread-maker. My favourite loaf is the granary, it tastes so much better than shop bought bread, and the pizzas are divine.
We have had a Breville BR 1 for less than 2 years. Within the first year the seal around the stirring paddle in the bottom of the bread pan broke up causing leaks and other problems. Breville sent us a replacement bread pan. I note that another customer has had this problem so I believe that there is a fundamental design flaw here. A month or so ago the machine stopped heating up during the baking cycle. Apparently the heating element has failed. We contacted Breville who have advised that, as the 1 year guarantee has expired, we can either pay for repairs or buy a new machine. Again, another customer has had the heating element fail and again I see this as (another) fundamental design flaw. We will NOT be buying another machine from Breville. In summary a very poor product from a very poor company.
I have had a breville bread maker for 18 months. At first the bread was good and a novalty,but I could always want answers to make the bread better. Brevill provide a book with recipes and instructions about methodology. Well get rid of it and buy the DK paper back A4 size bread making book. It contradicts all Breville say about order of ingredients,but the bread is superp. Once I had used this book,with flour from Shipton Mill at Tetbury (mail order) the flavour,shape,colour and texture was the best. Give DK book a try and contact shipton mill for flour,it's free delivery and in larger quantities than the supermarkets.The flour makes all the difference.
Some of my problems with the breadmaster are presonal, but I shall recount my sorry tale for your entertainment and enlightenment. The theory is this. You put all the ingrediants in the machine, select the bread type and how well done you want it, and then let the machine get on with it. The practise is somewhat different. Some years back I was living with a bloke who had bought himself one of these things. He had decided that he wanted fresh bread every day and that the bread machine could go on overnight. Bread from these machines needs a good twenty minutes to coll down before you cut it, which can result in having to get out of bed very early. For some reason, about 50% of the time, the bread just did not rise. There would be a thin heavy biscuit, and that would be it. Very, very often the thing for turnign the mix would get stuck in the loaf and would be impossible to remove without tearing the loaf in half. (Thus making it lousy for sandwiches.) Power spikes would cause the machine to go back to the start of the process and do it all again, regardless of how far through it had got. Sometimes the spinning mixing bit would fall off, and the ingrediants would not be mixed before they were cooked. (Results horrible.) Cleaning up afterwards was hell - the insides were none stick,but everythign stuck to them. I hated washing this thing out. I hated trying to take the bread out of it as well, which was surprisingly difficult. The ratio of good bread to inedible bread was such that I gave up. I now make bread by hand which is far less hassel and far easier to control. I would imagine that bread machines are quite fun if you want to use them every now and then. As a thing to use every day, they really aren`t that good.
This 'Breadmaker is all they say it is I am a great fan..but I don't make the usual bread.. My specials are Pizza and lovely fruit cakes and special little fruit loaves.. We particularly like Banana bread it only uses a small amount of butter and my banana's often go off quick in the warm house..so that's another excuse for a nice treat I also like to add raisins... But the Pizza's are really something- using a stoneground flour make sure the crust is not too dry, then it will rise up beautifully and put it in your own hot oven. The reason I wanted this lovely Breville breadmaker is the fact that my Arthritis is now preventing me from making any of my own bread as I have done for years, I don't mind admitting the food tastes better than mine ever did!
My first taste of homemade bread (from a machine) was at my mother-in-law’s. To be frank, it wasn’t as “scrummy” as I was expecting, being a bit airy, like Nimble for slimmers (can you still get that?). When I took early retirement last year, we concluded that one way my new-found freedom could enhance both our lives was for me to make a weekly loaf. So we started looking for bread-makers. “Why make your own bread?” they ask. “Well, now I’m retired, I knead the dough”, I reply. Geddit? A fortunate accident in the form of a timely Curry’s sale enabled us to buy the Breville Breadmaster for approx. £100. Initially, we knew nothing about them, except that the Breville had a much larger domed window than many others, which with hindsight sometimes proves useful if the mix doesn’t look as thorough as it could be, affording the opportunity to “give it a prod” yourself. EASE OF USE How easy does “Measure out the ingredients, bung ‘em in, set the loaf type and weight, and walk away” sound? FLEXIBILTY As well as three sizes of loaf (500gm, 750gm, and 1000gm) it can handle 7 different variations of loaf type plus the ability to mix and prove dough for use elsewhere in a different oven. This can be useful if you want to try your hand a Ciabatta or some such. You CAN make it in the machine but it still LOOKS like a typical un-sliced loaf, even if it tastes like Ciabatta. Better to let it make the dough and transfer to a proper oven in a more authentic shape. RELIABILTY In truth, there’s probably not too much to go wrong (he said with fingers crossed). We have made a loaf per week for 18 months with no problems. The only likely source of failure that I can see is the liquid-proof seal below the mixing paddle, which must be similar to those in food processors. The non-sti
ck coating inside the baking tin is a bit prone to scratching, not just from spatulas (if you must use one), but also from the ingredients themselves. Also, you have to be a bit careful when levering out the mixing paddle for cleaning. This doesn’t ever seem to want to come out of its own volition, unless its left to soak for ages. FEATURES There is a handy beep during the first mixing period to allow for the insertion of nuts (?) - this prevents them from being ground to a pulp. The same applies to olives – don’t bother chopping them up, because you’ll end up with tiny black olive-flavoured specks in the finished product. Just split them, and let the mixing paddle do its worst. A timer allows you to delay the start of baking, so that you can wake to the smell of real bread, or so that it will be finished just as those nice people the estate agent is sending to view your house arrive. Sneaky! I wouldn’t recommend using the timer with any ingredients likely to go off overnight though like real milk or eggs. The heat source is by fan convection which I suspect gives a much better distribution of heat, and has the added advantage of creating a mouth-watering stream of bread-scented hot air! PROBLEMS Getting the first loaf right was a bit “iffy”, but once we learned not the stand the machine in a cold room*, our loaves stopped coming out like bricks. * Our new central heating boiler is so efficient, it fails to heat the kitchen at all! All loaves end up with a perfect imprint of where the paddle used to be – unavoidable, it would seem. This tends to disfigure the pristine symmetry of the middle slice which can be regarded as the runt of the litter. As mentioned before, the mix doesn’t always go to plan, leaving large clods of flour at the four corners of the baking tin ( did I say tin? it’s a heavy alloy casting actually)
. If you must prod, use a plastic spatula to avoid damaging the non-stick finish. Because of this, I never set it going if I am just about to go out – I prefer to be there during the first mix. Make sure that it is plugged into a socket that is not going to get mistaken for something else. If the timer is reset, there’s no way to get back to where you were. I know, I’ve done it! VERDICT I’m really pleased with it, and we haven’t bought “normal” bread for months. We stick to a wholemeal “Basic Wheat Light” formula, with toasted sunflower seeds as our staple, and this is serving us well. It makes brilliant toast too.
The good news, as other dooyoo-ers have said, is that this breadmaker has excellent features and makes delicious bread. It is very easy to use, has a great choice of settings and a very useful delay feature. The accompanying booklet contains a variety of interesting recipes but could be improved if the misprints were corrected. However, the really bad news is that my breadmaker began to go wrong after 18 months of only moderate use. At first I noticed that the rubber seal at the bottom of the bread pan had come loose. Consequently, some of the ingredients were leaking out during the mixing process, then baking hard and apparently stopping the dough hook from moving properly. The fact that the loaves were not rising properly I put down to this problem. A quick phone call to customer services produced a new bread pan, with seal intact, for £8 including postage and packing. But it soon turned out that this was not the sole cause of the problem. As the loaves were still not rising well, I started to check the breadmaker during use, at each stage of the process. I soon discovered that it was not getting nearly hot enough during the rising/baking cycle. Another phone call to customer services followed and the outcome of this was that I have to send the machine in for repair. Although I would love to have my breadmaker working again, I am reluctant to trust it to the postal services. The cost of postage will be £8, and although I would pay this, I am concerned about the practicality of safely wrapping and sending such a heavy item. Worse still is the possibility that it could be damaged on the way back to me after expensive repairs. I have been assured that I will be sent an estimate and repairs will not be carried out if their cost is approaching the price of a new machine. However, my dilemma is still whether to gamble on a successful repair or whether to go for a new (cheaper!) model from a different manufacture
r. In the meantime, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend the machine to others. I think it is reasonable to expect more than 18 months use, and to be able to obtain repairs more easily.
Did a lot of research on Breadmakers before I decided to buy one. I unfortunately couldn't find many reviews for English machines, but plenty for U.S. machines. So I visited a lot of stores and had a look at all the available machines in my price range. It was a toss up between the cheaper Morphy Richards machine and the Breville. The BR1 was my eventual choice because although it has a small footprint (taking up less space on the worktop), it's bread pan looked bigger. I'm pleased with my choice because having made at least 1 loaf in it every day since I bought it, I haven't had any failures. Bread comes out of the pan with a shake and no need to pre-grease it. Another deciding factor was that the Breville website is fantastic. The problem feedback link is fantastic and the response time to any enquiries excellent. The only slight niggle I have against the machine is the fact that the 'time left' (til the end of the cooking cycle) would be better if it wasn't in half hour increments. But apart from this the machime is dead easy to use. Just three buttons to set it and off you go.