Product Type: Morphy Richards bread makers
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Morphy Richards 48221 Breadmaker
Member Name: karenuk
Morphy Richards 48221 Breadmaker
Date: 26/02/01, updated on 26/02/01 (255 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, easy to clean, makes great bread, makes cakes and jam too
Disadvantages: Takes up quite a lot of space, would prefer slightly larger loaves, makes me come up with really appalling puns :-(
You know how you walk through a supermarket, and the air smells of freshly baked bread? Well, wouldn't you like to recreate that in your own kitchen every morning? Ah yes, we say, but wouldn't that take hours of work - mixing, kneading, putting in a warm corner to rise (I've watched too many Carry On films to take that seriously, sorry!), then hours baking in the oven - by which time your six hours free time a day has been wasted? Yep. Oh what a dilemma. Still, I have the solution - buy a breadmaker.
My Mum bought a breadmaker a few months ago and her phone conversations now consist of lists of ingredients, recipes, stainless steel measuring spoons and taste reports. I said I quite fancied one myself (a breadmaker - or perhaps it was Noel from Popstars - anyway...), so she kindly bought me one for a birthday present. Admittedly, it is only February and my birthday isn't until October, but a tiny little detail like that won't stop my Mum!
So she found one for £59.99, with a two-year guarantee included and ordered that online for me. (Yes, my Mum can now be a shopaholic, without leaving the comfirst of her home!!)
So a huge box duly arrived last week. I opened it up to find another huge box and began to wonder if she'd inadvertently ordered me a Chinese puzzle, but no, under two boxes and enough polystyrene to cope with a large children's party, I found the breadmaker itself!
It is a large white thing, only slightly smaller than our microwave, so it did take over a third of our available work surface, but never mind. Being skint, I had to wait to try it out until we'd been shopping on our regular weekly trek round Asda-Wal*Mart (Yep, it has a star in, I checked!).
Consulting the A4 sized 30-page booklet that comes with my Morphy Richards Breadmaker 48220, I saw that the ingredients needed for a basic bread loaf were water, sugar, salt, butter / margarine - had all those in already - plus
strong white bread flour, skimmed milk powder and dry yeast. These last three were fairly easy to find, and thankfully rather cheap - 69p for the flour, 75p for six sachets of yeast (and each sachet seems to be enough for three large loaves) and £1.58 for 340g of the skimmed milk powder.
So I went home and tried out my new toy. After that, I had a go with the breadmaker! <grin> After a brief rub with a damp sponge, it was okay to begin. It is very simple really, but it did take a couple of reads to get it all worked out. Basically, you take the silver baking tin out, put the ingredients in, put the tin back in, shut the lid, press a button and that's it.
You have to put the ingredients in the right order and using very precise amounts - an awkward "cup-sized" jug and a teeny-tiny double-ended spoon are provided, just to make the measuring process ten times as fiddly. But once it's all in there, you just see what setting the recipe needs and leave it to do the hard work all by itself. For a basic white bread recipe, a large loaf takes two hours and fifty minutes.
You can also set the timer, so that the bread is made overnight and you will wake up to the beautiful smell of fresh bread baking, and be able to take out your fresh loaf ready for your toast!
The booklet contains loads of yummy sounding recipes for brown breads, granary, cheese and onion bread, Italian herb bread and so on, as well as the machine being able to make dough, cakes and jam. I'm impressed!
There is a viewing window, so you can watch the progress of your bread, but to see much, you need to contort yourself into a bat-like position, hang by your toes and shine a torch on it. Failing that, you can lift the lid and have a proper look, as long as it's not in the baking stage, in the final hour.
It is easy to clean, just take out the blade (usually you'll need to soak it in warm water for a few minutes to dislo
dge it) and rub round it and the tin. No washing up is always a benefit, I find.
The final product is delicious - a rather oddly shaped loaf compared to those long rectangular ones in supermarkets, but this tastes even better. There are no preservatives in it, so it will not last as long. (Up to three days if sealed and kept in an airtight container, two minutes if left out in front of the children!)
The crust is perfect, lots more taste than shop bought bread. (Normally, crusts are something I give the dog, while telling the kids to eat theirs up, they're good for you - but these are a real treat!) I have made two loaves in two days and everyone who has eaten some have raved about it. I don't think a 15p loaf of Asda cheap white will ever be the same again, after having tasted this bread. Oh well, better make some more, I suppose. Thanks, Morphy Richards! Thanks, Mum!