Product Type: Cookworks bread makers
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Member Name: jasmine6
Advantages: Nice quality bread, works out cheaper than shop-brought
Disadvantages: Bulky, relatively slow
I've had my Cookworks breadmaker almost a year now, and on the whole it's been very useful, although I have to say I've been fairly unadventureous with it and mainly stucky to plain breads and sometimes pizza dough. The breadmaker actually has 12 settings though so it provides a lot of options for different types of bread. The 12 settings are: Basic ,Whole Wheat , French ,Sweet ,Fast Bake ,Quick Bread ,Dough (pizza bases) ,Bagel Dough ,Eurpean ,Gluten Free ,Jam and Marmalade ,Bake - and there are also three different crust settings for extra versatility.
Although I've found the machine generally very easy to use - you just plop all the ingredients straight into the bread tin and a blade even kneads it for you - ideally I wish it would cook more quickly. This is just because I'm very impatient though, and want things done yesterday! Most of the settings take around three hours, although there are some Fast options, - I think the quickest is 58 minutes. This is totally acceptable, however I do find the taste on these settings isn't quite as good as the slower ones. That said, if you can be patient and wait the three hours for your bread, you'll be rewarded with perfectly cooked, tasty results that I think the supermarkets struggle to beat. And of course it's totally fresh and you know exactly what's gone into it.
Utility is also enhanced via a very clear LED display on the front of the machine that tells you what's what, and easy to press buttons with time settings. There's also a clear section on the lid so you can see the progress of your bread. In terms of cleaning it's quite simple, as long as you remember to keep the tin and kneading blade oiled to stop bread mixture becoming encrusted on them. Unfortunately the components can't go in the dishwasher, however there's really not that much to wash anyway.
Additionally there's a timer delay button so you can set the machine to start cooking, so for example you've got fresh, warm bread for breakfast the next day. This definitely gives me an extra insentive for getting out of bed in the mornings!
As well as the Breadmaker itself you get a couple of measuring cups to make it even simpler, and a recipe book with lots of different breads included. I find the book isn't always that clear, and have sometimes just used the recipes as a starting point for an idea, which I then improve on with better recipes found on Google.
The machine isn't noisy, although it's fairly bulky (It does provide quite big, tall loaves though - 1.5 and 2lbs in weight). Mine is too big to fit in any of my kitchen cupboards and I use it a lot anyway, so it tends to just stay on the counter jostling for space with all my other gadgets.
I paid around £48 for the Breadmaker in Argos, but I have seen it for many and varied prices since then, so it's definitely worth shopping around.
Summary: Very decent quality breadmaker with good extras
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