Product Type: Kenwood bread makers
Newest Review: ... I hate buying bread from the local shop because they add so many additives to it, plus you don't get much choice. With this breadmaker you ... more
every house should have one
Kenwood Breadmaker BM200
Member Name: blondnotdumb
Kenwood Breadmaker BM200
Advantages: fresh lovely bread every day
Disadvantages: lenth of time to bake
Ah the smell of freshly backed bread wafting through my house, you just cant beat that smell when you open your front door. Where is nothing better than soup with freshly baked warm bread and melting butter and this bread machine will do it all for you. All you do is add the ingredients and choose the program then let it do its magic. It will milk, need, proof and bake without any fuss or mess.
All though this is primarily a bread maker you can use just the mix function to make all kinds of dough from pizza bases to doughnut batter. The loaf tin is non stick which is very handy when making a pizza base dough and the mixing blade is also non stick.
When the loaf is baked and you remove the loaf tin with the convenient fold away handle (this is all metal and gets hot so use a cloth or oven glove) you just upturn the tin and out pops the loaf. Unfortunately the mixing blade is now cooked into the loaf but it pops out with a little wiggle and your loaf is ready to eat.
The bead is great but it wont last very long before it gets stale and dry (2 days) which is actually a good sign as you know there are no additives in there, and the texture is denser than shop bought bread but it cuts nicely.
You don't have to cook the bread in the machine you have the option to use the mix and proof function only so you can make any shape of bread and cook it in your oven instead.
If you just choose to cook in the machine then the little window in the lid is very useful to watch the progress without lifting the lid, this helps your bread not to drop. And the first few times you will want to see the magic!
I highly recommend using this machine for speciality flavour breads my favourite is a garlic and tomato herb loaf that is fantastic with Italian food. The recipe book inside is well worth a look and experimenting with.
The buttons are flush, plastic covered, wipe clean and the programs are pretty easy to understand and use. Although it takes a couple of hours to make each loaf it is well worth the wait for the end results.
The cleaning disassembly and re assembly is super simple just place the mixing blade into the loaf tin and the loaf tin in the machine and your set. You can just give the tin a wipe and your ready to go again or if you have just made a dough the loaf tin is dishwasher safe.
EVERY HOUSE SHOULD HAVE ONE!
9 / 10
Summary: this is amasing value for money
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