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My mum gave me this bread maker for Christmas and my heart fell as I thought I'd never use it - I'm not into baking or gadgets. However, I am now a convert - I use the gluten free recipes to make fairly tasty gluten free bread, and my partner - who never bakes a thing - makes several different types of bread on a regular basis (to my constant surprise). Not only does the bread taste great (well we have had a few disasters - mainly due to us leaving things out), but the house smells wonderful. It is great knowing what you've put in to the bread, and cheap bought bread doesn't compare to this bread. I have tasted bread from a friends' bread maker and it didn't taste great - but this is gorgeous. We;ve also made the odd cake in it too. The size of the loaves is pretty good - we tend to make the 1kg loaf but you can make smaller ones too.
My only complaint - and it is one for all bread makers I have seen - is the hole in the middle of the loaf left by the mixer.
I don't usually bake or even cook, but my mom bought me this bread making machine and at first I thought she was crazy, I thought well why can't she just buy bread. The Ken Wood bread making machine just sat on my kitchen counter for months because I thought it would be a big hastle to make bread. One day I decided to make some bread using my Ken Wood bread making machine and I was so suprised at how easy it was to use, I just put the ingrediance in the machine and turned it on and the machine did the rest. I was so amazed and continue to be amazed every time I use it. The bread comes out perfect every time. You can also try making diferent types of bread because it has different bread making settings. It comes with a easy to read user guide and it is very easy to use. The one thing I love about it is that I can make wheet free bread, I have a wheet intolarance so I can't eat bread. I now only make my own bread using the Ken wood bread maker.
I admit to liking my gadgets - but having owned other brands of bread machines, I can say this is the best yet! It is simple to use, and is amazingly quiet (my previous one certainly was not!).
The machine comes with a few simple recipes in the instruction manual, but also comes with an additional cook book containing many great recipes.
I have baked the quick bread (from ingredients to loaf in less than an hour), wholemeal and white loaves, pizza doughs, cakes, and many other things besides!!
The machine is simple to use, the instructions and control panel are also straightforward - the kids love helping make pizza dough or bread, and have to be encouraged not to sit and watch for the whole bake cycle!
The machine itself is quiet, and doesn't look out of place in my kitchen where I leave it out on the work top for ease of use. The bread pan and mixing blade are quick to clean both by hand or in the dish washer, and I have achieved a perfect bake each time.
When using your own recipes, you can programme the machine to run a cycle how you like, by setting the appropriate mixing, rising and baking times. When I have made cakes, the bake cycle can easily be altered to achieve the perfect bake here too.
With a delay timer, you can wake up to the smell of fresh baked bread - which is perfect for breakfast!
I cannot fault the machine at all!
With the cost of shop bought bread rising quicker than dough I felt it would benefit me in the long run to buy a bread maker. Walking into the supermarket and smelling that freshly baked bread always makes me hungry, so having that same feeling in the comfort of your own kitchen seems really appealing, doesn't it? I chose the Kenwood BM450 due to its brushed stainless steel finish and dashing good looks. The price was a lot less tempting I have to say. At a cost of £90 it certainly was a big outlay for a breadmaker, but I felt it would be worth it in the end.
Since using the BM450 I quickly began to realise that saving money may not be the be all and end all of such a plan. The reason for this was perhaps largely due to the fact that the cost of ingredients has risen, too, so there is negligable saings made in making your own bread. I think that there isn't a price to be put on baking your own bread in such a machine, though, and I have to say that on balance I am satisfied with owning the BM450.
The design is sleek and looks a lot less awkward than some of the other machines around. If you are looking to use such a product regularly then you have to feel comfortable with the looks, and the BM450 certainly doesn't disappoint here. With a hefty price to justify, though, there really must be more to the BM450.
In the package there is an easy to follow instruction manual. It is vital that you thoroughly understand this before attempting to start using the machine, as with all bread makers I suspect.The BM450 comes with 15 programmes designed for a whole host of situations. There are settings for different types of breads, doughs, jams and cakes, along with a 'rapid bake' setting if you are in a rush. This allows to bake a fresh loaf in 58 minutes - impressive stuff! The display is clear and easy to understand, allowing you to select the size of your loaf (small, medium or large) and you can even set individual personal timings for each stage of the process (pre-heat, kneading, rising and baking).
The brushed stainless steel and black glass of the BM450 are easy to wipe clean, and other than just looking at the machine, it also produces fantastic fresh loaves. The internal viewing light allows you to check on progress, this can also allow you to learn more about the various processes along the way, and gives you the opportunity to judge each stage to give a perfect loaf.
Along with the instruction manul and bread maker you will also find a bread pan, measuring spoon, measuring beaker, recipe book and a kneader in the package. These will all aide you through the various stages of the preperation process.
I have owned the BM450 for some now and have never had any problems with either the use of it or the build quality. Kenwood are a brand I trust, and I would more than happily recommend this bread maker to someone looking for one in this price bracket. I don't use this bread maker on a daily basis, but i don't buy anywhere near as much shop-baked bread anymore.
The touch-sensitive controls of the main panel will help you achieve your goal of producing the freshest and most enjoyable bread you can imagine. Long gone are the days of not knowing what is in your loaves, though don't expect to be saving money.
Bread makers who needs them?
A loaf of bread costs nothing from somewhere like Asda or Tesco. So why spend nearly £150 on one of these?
Because there is no comparison between the tasteless bleached bread available for penny's and the soft, warm heavenly scented magic that comes out of one of these machines.
The smell alone of the freshly baked loaves that I have made, make this worth it's weight in gold. When people hear that I have a bread maker they always say " could you be bothered, they're so cheap to buy".
Well yes, making the bread is quick and simple, I thought there would be some preparation needed but no.
All I have to to is simply apply all of my dry ingredients into the non stick pan along with the measured out wet ingredients, such as milk, butter or olive oil depending on the type of bread I'm making. Select the setting I want and off it goes it's as simple as that. It makes little too no noise at all especially once the mixing process has finished. There is a handy measuring spoon provided with the maker plus there is a measuring jug for the wet ingredients, so everything you need is in the box. Including a recipe book, that I have used many times to varying levels of success. Not that the bread turned out wrong, just that my family prefer some over others, but it's fun to experiment.
If like me, you will watch the baking process for the first time through the top mounted baking window. You'll be amazed that the ingredients dispenser opens at the perfect time (depending on your settings) and adds the ingredients to the mix at optimum time. This is great if i'm baking a sweet raisin and maple syrup loaf for example. After the large paddle has gently mixed the original ingredients, getting every bit from the bottom of the pan, it then kneads it in to a delectable looking dough and then at the right time the separate ingredients hatch dispenses the special flavour making ingredients into the mix. This dispenser has a maximum capacity of 125g, this is more than enough I find as the loves can be made in three different sizes of 500g, 750g and a monstrous 1kg, so 125g of extra seeds, nuts or fruit is plenty.
There are lots of different setting 15 in total but I use the quick bake function mostly. This takes 58 minutes in total from start to finish.
When it comes to cleaning both the pan and the paddle are made of non stick materials, and I have never had any problems with dried on ingredients being stuck to either of these wince the baking process had ended. In order to give the machine a thorough clean just remove the paddle and the internal pan and wash both in warm soapy water, as there will be little to no residue from the bread, this takes me little too no time at all. The out side is just as simple to clean, just use a damp cloth with some warm water or if necessary very light amount of washing up liquid diluted heavily and wipe over the surface and the give it a bother wipe with a dry cloth.
The overall look of this bread maker is quite good. It's large stainless steel construction and black lid and window make it look modern and stylish.
The main controls are located on the top right hand side of the lid. There is a small LCD display to tell you the settings and how much time there is left when baking. All the buttons are directly under this screen.
You can make lots of different types of bread with this machine and even cakes.
There is an interior light just like in a standard oven. This is great as with the press of a button you can see your bread and it's progress, such as how brown it is. The light stays on for around one minute.
The results will depend on the ingredients used and the fact of weather or not you pay close attention to the instructions. If you don't, it can take some time to get used to, but if you take a moment to read the manual, you will be making perfect bread in no time.
This can be bought on Amazon.co.uk for £92.99 + shipping
I love fresh bread, and I am okay at making it from scratch but it takes A LOT of effort and requires A LOT of time...so about 6 months ago I purchased this Kenwood BM450 bread maker for around £100, I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets. There are cheaper ones on the market but my sentiment is "skimp on price and you buy it twice"...so I went for the well known brand, and the one that suited the stainless steel look of my kitchen.
Being a bloke I opened the box and got my flour mix ready and wacked it in without even checking the instructions...this was a mistake, I must have done it very wrong as I ended up with very badly cooked lump that didn't even slightly resemble the fresh lovely bread I was hoping for. This lead me into the instruction manual, which unlike many, is very easy to understand and find what you're looking for...my next loaf was verging on perfect!
The Kenwood has 5 Programmes that are controlled by it's touch screen interface, the touch screen is very responsive and the programmes give you options that allow you to manipulate the timing of each part of the baking process...again the manual was required. You can choose 1Kg, 700g or 500g loafs all from the touch screen which is a good thing if you live by yourself for example and you only need a small loaf. Extra useful features include it's warming cycle that keeps your load warm for an hour so you can eat it heated and a delay timer so you can tell the machine to start your loaf anything up to 12 hours later than it's set up. The amount of time it takes depends on the size and setting but it can give you a loaf in just under an hour!
THE RESULT (THE BREAD!)
I have been very very pleased with the bread from this machine. I have made white, brown, wholemeal and flavoured loafs all with brilliant and consistent results. It takes a while to get used to the ingredient amount etc for how you like it but when you do you can expect amazing bread 100% of the time! I honestly thing the bread from this is better than any I have had from a supermarket or baker! And you get that fresh bread smell in your house which I challenge anyone not to like.
As I said I have had this machine for about 6 months, and I use it at least 5 times a week, and up to now I have been very happy with all aspects of it. The physical mechanisms are all as if new and the same goes for the touch controls. It is easy to clean with all parts that get in contact with the bread being detachable. I will obviously update this review if in the future I get problems.
I am very happy with this product, yes it is expensive but the result is well worth it! It is also very reliable and can handle repeated use. I would highly recommend this device to anyone that loves good bread!
Having started making bread by hand in October last year, I started researching bread makers and two in particular stood out - the Kenwood BM450 and a Panasonic model. I decided on the Kenwood, simply because the silver facia goes with my other kitchen appliances. A fairly shallow reason for choosing a kitchen appliance I know, but the reviews were very good for the Kenwood.
I ordered it from Amazon and it arrived within days. Included in the box is the actual bread maker, an instruction manual, a recipe book, a measuring spoon and a measuring cup.
The machine is easy to set up. It's a simple plug-and-play machine and as long as you follow the recipes, you can't do much wrong. There are 15 settings, which range from making dough (for pizza bases or for bread that you want to shape yourself), through to bread, cakes and even jam. There is also the facility for 'fast bake', which makes a loaf in 58 minutes. There is the option for three different sizes of loaf (500g, 750g and 1kg) and three shades of crust (light, medium and dark). These are for use with most of the recipes although for things such as the ginger cake, it's set at 1kg and the default crust shade.
There is a 12-hour delay timer, which means that you can set it to have bread ready for when you wake in the morning. It also keeps bread warm for an hour, in case you sleep in!
The machine looks beautiful. The main body is silver with a glass lid that lifts up. It has quite a large footprint though, and the lid covers a lot of the top, a consideration you'd need to make if space is at a premium in your kitchen. The buttons are touch-sensitive and are easy to control. One thing that does let the display down is the LCD panel. It can often be difficult to see, especially in sunlight. I find that I have to look at the display panel almost horizontally to see it clearly. It does have a viewing window, with an internal light so that you can check on your bread as the machine is doing its stuff.
The cable is also something to consider, as it's not very long, so the bread machine needs to be near an electrical socket. It's heavy, so it's not something you'd want to move each time you used it.
The instruction manual doesn't amount to much. It's a paper leaflet with a few instructions and some basic recipes in, but as the bread machine is so simple to use, that doesn't really matter. The actual recipe book is a different matter altogether. It's glossy and has photographs of each recipe alongside the instructions, which is a real help when choosing what to make next.
The measuring spoon and cup are brilliant. The spoon is one of those that has a bit inside that you push along until it's at one tablespoon or one teaspoon and it covers all the different measurements that you're going to find in the recipe books. The measuring cup is good, once you've figured out whether the measurement line is above or below the number!
The machine has an automatic dispenser (which I haven't actually used yet as I'm not a big fan of seeds) which holds 125g and automatically opens when the seeds are ready to be added. If you're adding ingredients such as chocolate (which melts in the dispenser) or cherries (that stick to it), there's also a series of beeps which tells you when to add them manually.
But enough about the machine, how's the bread? The bread is fantastic! It tastes so much nicer than shop-bought, you know exactly what goes into it and you can make it whenever you want. Perhaps not so good if you're on a diet though! It's very easy to make and takes only minutes to put the ingredients into the bread pan and into the machine, once you become familiar with it.
The cakes are also very easy to make, although some of them do use a lot of different ingredients. I can particularly recommend the ginger cake. If ginger cake isn't your thing, there are lots of other cake recipes to tempt you in the glossy recipe book, along with some jams, although it hasn't been the jam season whilst I've had the Kenwood BM450, so I can't comment on how good they are. It has to be easier than making jam in a pan though!
So, would I recommend this machine? Yes, without a doubt. It does have its little niggles but I wouldn't be without it now. My favourite kitchen accessory.
The smell of freshly baked bread is mouth-watering and evokes a sense of homeliness. To seal the deal, many people recommend baking a loaf of bread before prospective buyers come to view your house.
The bread maker makes making a loaf as simple and easy as making a cup of tea! There is no need for mixing bowls, oven thermometers or spatulas. Like any form of home cooking; you get to control what goes into your product, for example, how much salt you put in and there are no additives or preservatives. You can even choose to use gluten free or organic products. You get to experiment with different ingredients and wow your friends. I made a marmite loaf the other day. The general consensus? They either loved it or hated it!
I have had a bread maker before so I knew what I was looking for when I went shopping for a new machine. I was still overwhelmed with choice though when I went shopping for one.
The Kenwood BM450 stood out from the rest. It is a very attractive looking machine and has an impressive specification. Unfortunately it has a rather heavy price tag and I paid £119.99 for my machine. At the time it was one of the newest bread makers on the market so I could not really find it any cheaper than this. You can now pick up the same machine for around £89.99. I have seen it priced for this much on Amazon.co.uk.
*So what do you get for your money?*
In box is:
* 1 x Kenwood BM450 Bread Maker with Ingredients Dispenser
* 1 x Bread pan
* 1 x Measuring spoon
* 1 x Measuring beaker
* 1 x Kneader
* 1 x Recipe book
* 1 x Instruction manual
* 1 x Registration card
* 1 x Plug.
The machine looks really good quality and it is very stylish. My kitchen is black and white and this looks great in it, thanks to its contemporary design. I keep it on top of my work surface because I like the look of it. Coupled with this is it pretty heavy at 9.52kg so it is a bit of a killer lifting out of the cupboard all the time. It is heavy due to the metal oven inside. It does take up quite a bit of room though!
The machine is made from stainless steel with a black glass lid on the top and touch screen buttons on the right hand size. There is a clear LCD display that tells you how far along the bread is in the process. There is a little window for you to check on the bread though the process. I like to see how the bread is browning.
*Is it easy to use?*
The machine is very simple and easy to use; simply throw in the ingredients and off you go. It mixes the dough, kneads it and bakes it all in one machine. Simply set the right programme and voila. The ingredients dispenser has a 125 g capacity and automatically opens and dispenses ingredients at the appropriate time during the bread-making cycle, this is used if you want a seeded loaf or fruit loaf.
The loaves can be made in three sizes; 500g, 750g, and 1kg. I find the 750g loaf is perfect for the two of us for a day. As the loaf doesn't have any additives; the loaf doesn't last as long as a conventional sliced white. You can also decide on the darkness of the crust and there is a little button with a picture of a loaf on it. There are three levels in browning. A source of arguments in my household! I like light crusts and my boyfriend likes really dark golden crusts!
The quickest setting cooks at 58 minutes which is fantastic and you get a perfect loaf in less than one hour. I often use this function if I am in a rush. Most of the time though I use the time delay function as I love to wake up to a nice loaf!
There is a time delay function of up to 15 hours. This is great as it means you can wake up to fresh loaf or come home from work to one. An added feature is the eight-minute power interruption setting which means accidental unplugging or a brief power outage won't ruin your bread. The machine is extremely quiet so it will not keep you awake through the night. If you can't be there to get your bread out of the machine there is a handy little keep warm feature which keeps the bread at a warm temperature for up to an hour.
The machine has 15 programmes to choose from which can be quite daunting! These include making pizza dough for example. I have not experimented with all the programmes but the instruction book has a list of what each one does. They are really easy to set up using the touch buttons. There is a little button with a scroll on, you push this then hit a number as each programme has a corresponding number. The buttons are ultra sensitive though so make sure you don't knock them accidently when setting it up.
*Getting the bread out*
Now, with previous machines, I have always prodded the loaf and had holes in it. With this machine, you get a specially designed mixing paddle to assist you getting the bread out. This is thin in design and more curved to fit to the contours of the bread to lift it out.
*Is it easy to clean?*
The pan and paddle are non stick and you should never find anything stuck to them. To clean the machine, take out the paddle and the pan and wash in warm water with a sponge. These are the only products to clean the bread maker. Dry the part and put back in the machine. The external of the bread maker can be wiped clean. The black glass is a haven for finger prints and I really struggle to keep this bit as clean as the rest!
*Is it economical?*
The most expensive ingredient is by far the yeast so it's best to shop around for this. The other ingredients such as flour, oil and salt cost a small amount and last well in the cupboards. A 750g loaf will probably work out about 70p - 80p including the cost of the electricity. I think this is a small price to pay for a decent hot loaf and is cheaper than the supermarkets!
The bread maker is huge success in my household. To compliment the bread maker I have recently invested in a book called 'The Bread Maker's bible.' This book includes fantastic techniques and innovative recipes for your bread maker. It shows you how to make the perfect loaf, from a classic loaf to a French stick and then on to more daring products such as Turkish flatbreads or Saffron Brioche Bread!
I'd fully recommend this machine. It's simple and easy to use; perfect for those with a hectic life style. It comes with a 1 year warranty and for the price I think it's an extremely good product.
I am probably one of the worst cooks ever so the idea of me baking my own bread was laughable. I thought my mum's suggestion for me to buy this bread maker was ridiculous and seemed like such a waste of money as i doubted i'd ever use it. But finally i gave in and bought it much to my mum's delight as she's been urging me to brush up on me cooking skills and try some home baking.
First of all the appliance is a stylish looking one which fits in nicely with my modern kitchen as it's stainless steel with a black glass top. It is easy to wipe down which i do find myself doing a lot actually as i've never found any type of stainless steel to be that "stainless"!
Now i am the worst person when it comes to reading instruction manuals, a bit like a child i haven't got the patience to read through the whole manual and i usually just want to get stuck in. But i didn't have a clue where to start with this appliance so i had to read the instruction manual, thank goodness it was easy for me to understand and wasn't too techincal for me to follow what they were talking about.
The controls on this Bread Maker are Touch Screen which i always find makes an appliance easier to use and makes certain controls easier to find. This Bread Maker has 5 Programme Settings which allow you to choose your own timings for each stage of the bread baking, this instantly panicked me and had me confused before i'd even started. But after reading over that section of the instruction manual a couple of times i soon got the hang of doing it and once i did it was very simple to do.
You can also choose which size loaf you need to bake between 500g, 750g or 1kg. It also has a 12 Hour delay timer and an automatic ingredients dispenser. My favourite feature of this Bread Maker is the 1 Hour Keep warm setting which keeps your bread warm until it's time to serve it.
The results of this Bread Maker are delicious to say the least and the smell that fills the kitchen when i'm baking with it is gorgeous. You cannot buy bread that tastes as good as the home made bread from this bread maker in any shop i've been to! It is particularly nice served warm.
You can also make other types of dough products with this appliance but i have not attempted anymore myself yet. Depending on what setting you have the bread maker on, it can bake your bread in as quick as 58 minutes.
I'm not sure how good this bread maker is compared with other ones on the market as this is the only one i've tried, but it certainly seems to do the job although it is not cheap! I bought mine for £80 in the sale but you can expect to pay anything from £90 for it usually. I do worry that the novelty of having this bread maker will wear off and it will become a rarely used appliance in my house, but for the moment i'm enjoying using it.
Brilliant piece of equipment! Easy to bake fresh loafs daily! I must confess it isnt mine its my mums but she does make delicious bread! my personal favourite is Tomato and basil bread, its scrumdidlyumptious! the bread maker came with various different recipies, which we havent tried all of them, but it really handy as it can just make dough or you can do the whole thing of baking it in there! its very easy to make them as well you just put all the ingredients in and put it on the correct setting but then its done! you can also bake other things in there such as cakes, but it comes with lots of recipies to try as well. It also works out cheaper and a freshly baked loaf tastes better than a brought loaf from the supermarket. So i highly recommend buying one! its a great idea but i dont nessecarily know if these are the best make but we have never had any troubles and its quite a few years old!
My partner recently bought me one of these as a birthday present for herself - I have never wanted or thought I needed a bread maker, but since this came along it has turned my world upside down!
I have only had it for 2 weeks, but have probably made about 10-12 loaves in that time.
For clarity, I will break this review down into sections:
From past experience, Kenwood lead the way with small appliances - they are slightly more expensive than other makes available, but I always think you get what you pay for. The one I have came from John Lewis and cost £130 including a fully comprehensive 5 year warranty. You can get it cheaper but John Lewis' warranties are brilliant and give you total piece of mind, which to me is worth the extra £6 a year.
For such a large and chunky item, the Kenwood is surprisingly easy on the eye. The exterior shell is a mixture of stainless steel and glass, which makes it an extremely durable item, as well as being easy to clean. The downside is that it is quite heavy at around 10kg - but then I don't see why you would ever need to move it around a great deal.
The way the Kenwood is designed means it will blend in nicely to most modern day kitchens.
The main control panel is located on the top right hand side of the unit. It comes with an LCD display with a twelve different buttons for different functions below. All of the buttons are feather touch which adds to the sleekness of the machine.
Between the main display and the buttons there is a 3 stage display, which indicates the "brownness" level selected for the current cycle.
I will not explain what each individual button does, as you will get bored!
The main display and control panel is extremely well designed though - it literally tells you everything you need to know, from the size of the loaf in the machine through to the crust colour button.
The number of different buttons gives an indication as to the large variety of functions this machine has.
FUNCTIONS / PROGRAMMES:
This machine has a menu option to make just about every type of bread you can think of, including a basic loaf, French stick, gluten free and pizza dough. There is also a menu option for making cakes in the machine. The instruction manual gives you a good guide as to how long each programme takes.
One particularly handy function of the Kenwood is the delayed timer, which allows you to delay the start of a cooking cycle by up to 15 hours. This is a great function as it allows you to set the timer to make you warm, fresh bread when you get up in the mornings.
You can also store favourites functions - which again is handy.
There is a display light which can be pressed at any time to light up the dough being cooked - this will stay on for 60 seconds.
As long as you put the right ingredients into the machine, the end product is brilliant. I have tried to follow recipes for bread but always fine you have to alter them slightly to get the right consistency for you.
Fresh bread is so much nicer than what you buy in the supermarkets - I had never thought there was anything wrong with supermarket bread until I made my own, and I will never go back.
At £130 this is at the expensive end of breadmakers, but I got piece of mind with it. Over time the machine will pay for itself as I will never buy mass produced bread again - and making a loaf in this is a lot cheaper than buying.
There is also the novelty factor to consider of making your own bread - it will also keep kids entertained.
If you like your bread, get one and you will never look back!
This is an excellent bread maker I can assure you! Not only is it very simple to use but it also looks good in the kitchen so you don't have to worry about putting it away after you have used it. My grandma bought one of these and figured out how to make perfect bread and I mean perfect within a few weeks of getting used to it, so I believe that anyone can use it no offense grandma. The stainless steel look gives it a stylish look in the kitchen. There are a number of different settings so that you can make different types of bread like french bread for example and also make cakes. Like I said it's extremely easy to use so anyone can use it, it doesn't take long to get used to. Also, there are a great variety of things you can make so you won't get bored too easily! Easy to use, variety of different things you can make with it, and not too expensive, GO FOR IT!
I bought this when it was new ish on the market and couldn't at the time find any reviews of it. Although the leading breadmaker at the time ie the Panasonic was getting rave reviews I took the plunge and decided to go with this as a relatively unknown commodity.
I have seen the Panasonic 255 in use so am able to compare this to the Kenwood both in looks and results. They both produce similarly great results but it depends on what look you want.
I paid £130 but now it's slightly under that at £126.95 at John Lewis and even cheaper currently on Amazon. John Lewis was at the time I bought, the only place stocking it which gave me a bit of faith it would be a quality item. I was not wrong I am relieved to say.
Aside from quality and a well known brand in Kenwood, I was mainly drawn to the look of this machine in stainless steel with black glass on the top. It is a rather large item and I have a rather small kitchen but nevertheless it fits in well and goes with the other stainless steel kitchen items. It is quite stunning to look at and puts the Panasonic in the shade on looks. Although it is quite wide and deep, it is not as high as the Panasonic so fits under the wall units and that is a bonus.
It does not get as warm as the Panasonic in use although does emit some heat but is not overly hot despite the stainless steel outside.
It is supplied with a standard squarish/oval sized bread pan. There is a round pan as an optional extra and this is currently on sale for £19.95 in John Lewis. The pan fits in the base at an angle at a small quarter turns fits it into place. It is best to remove the pan from the machine while putting in the ingredients as otherwise they could be spilt down the outside.
The instruction recipes are fairly straightforward and this machine works with the liquid items going in first and the dry items at the top (the Panasonic is done in reverse). For a basic 500g white loaf (using 350g of flour) it takes 3hours and 5 minutes.
This item has an automatic seed dispenser. I have used it with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. For smaller seeds such as sesame or linseed it is best to put them in the pan itself as they don't dispense as well. I have been using this breadmaker for 14 months now every few days and only 3 times in that period has the dispenser not opened in use, usually due to a stray sunflower seed getting trapped. You can however put the seeds straight in the pan at the start although they may get a bit chopped up (ie the seed dispenser dispenses after 20 minutes) or you can put the seeds in when it beeps. It beeps even if you use the dispenser but you can hear the seeds start to clatter around the pan so you know they have dispensed.
One bonus over the Panasonic is the interior viewing light - which is very interesting the first few times you use it! Although I'm not sure how long the bulb lasts as this is not an item it is possible to change yourself (it has to go back to Kenwood for that).
It is not overly noisy in use but there is some noise but it is not overly disturbing say if you are watching tv although it has woken me up if set on a timer as i live in an open plan flat!
It has 3 crust settings, I find medium is good.
There are options for 3 different loaf sizes, 500g, 750g and 1kg but I find it best to make the smallest size and make a new loaf every few days as it doesn't keep well without the preservatives and larger loaves may be more wasteful.
It has a keep warm facility for an hour after cooking is finished but I find this does make the bread a little crusty/drier so personally I find it best to take the bread out immediately the programme finishes. It beeps when it is finished cooking but it is a fairly quiet and short length of beeps so if you aren't paying attention you could miss it.
Wheat loaves take a lot longer as it pre-heats the ingredients first but a 1kg wholewheat loaf takes 4hr35 mins.
This breadmaker has an LCD display - one small gripe is that on first use the symbols are not necessarily obvious so you may have to refer to the key in the book to make sure you are pressing the right buttons. But it becomes second nature after a few times.
The timer works well - it's good for setting as you go to bed, ie if you want to set it to be ready for when you get up in 8 hours, you just increase the time to 8 hours and it includes the cooking time for your bread setting within that, ie for a white loaf you press the programme which brings up 3:05 and you literally just press the increase button till it goes up to 8:00. Great for hot bread for breakfast!
There is a full recipe book with the breadmaker for all types of loaves, from the basic white to wholewheat, rapid settings , french, sweet, gluten free, dough settings (naan, croissants, pizza) and cake and bake only settings. Although there are no recipes included for 5hr15 min artisan breads even though there is a setting for it. There is also a setting for a rapid bake in 58 minutes loaf although I have never tried this so I can't comment on how good that is - the ingredients are slightly different.
The pizza base setting is well worth using though, it takes 1hr30 mins to make the dough and unlike the bread, you then take out the dough, roll it out and cook it in the normal oven.
I haven't bought a shop loaf or pizza in the 14 months I've had this machine - well worth every penny as it's been well used.
The breadmaker does do jam but I have never tried it.
I have never had one bad loaf although I have always stuck to Doves Farm yeast and good strong bread flours - the flour quality used can make a difference but I have used Sainsburys own, Carrs, Morrisons organic and Doves Farm and all have outstanding results. The only slightly softer loaf was with Morrisons non organic bread flour which produced a slightly softer loaf so I wouldn't use that flour again with this machine. I use mainly white flour but like to add in 10% of brown flour which I find gives it a nice colour without making the bread heavy. The malted flour produces a great loaf with this machine too.
The extra bits included are a measuring spoon and measuring cup for liquids. You will need to buy some extra scales to weigh the flour and weights do need to be fairly accurate.
I recommend this machine and my only slight gripe is that the recipe book and instructions could be presented slightly better in 1 clear book instead of 2.
I'd heard a lot about breadmakers recently and despite being tempted by a Panasonic breadmaker with fruit/nut dispensers I plumped for this model when given the chance to try it, and I have bought Karen Saunders' book; Breadmaker Bible as although this machine comes with a recipe book, I like to experiment. As an aside, I do thoroughly recommend the extra book, which is available on this very site.
I have made a banana, chocolate and walnut loaf, a cinammon and raisin loaf, and a normal wholemeal loaf, all of which came out perfectly. I didn't know how well the ingredients (I mean the nuts, etc) would be distributed but it worked well and they were smattered throughout the loaves.
It was easy to get the hang of how to use the machine, and also easy to take apart and clean relevant bits. I have not yet tried to make jam, but I look forward to giving it a go and seeing how this breadmaker makes jam.
Much as a previous reviewer has said, it is heavy and large and does take up space, so be aware of this if you have limited storage/a small kitchen, and if you're only making ordinary loaves, then you would be fine with a cheaper option. It looks very classy and modern though and should match most kitchens.
Originally published on Amazon; the account I have there is registered to the same email address as my DooYoo one is.
Baking healthy, homemade bread couldnt be easier with the Kenwood BM450 Breakmaker! The Kenwood BM450 has 15 programs for bread, doughs, cakes and jams, and a rapid bake setting for a fresh loaf of bread in as little as 58 minutes / The additional 5 personal program settings allow you to set your own timings for each of the stages involved in bread making (pre heat, kneading, rising and baking) / Large, medium or small loaves (500g, 750g or 1kg) can easily be prepared depending on your individual needs / Short name: Kenwood BM450