I fancied the idea of a bread maker as I am partial to the lovely smell and taste of fresh bread (though not so keen on the calories!). I borrowed one off of family, made a few loaves, and they in turn got me one for Christmas.
The model is large, but will sit unobtrusively on a kitchen counter. It does make quite a loud "churning" noise whilst mixing/kneading, but cannot be heard from another room. I have so far only followed the recipes in the booklet supplied, but have reduced oil quantities a little and haven't had a bad loaf from it yet. The cheese & onion bread is amazing!
I would recommend this model, I did read some poor reviews of it but I can only give good reviews personally. I think the size could be an issue, but no breadmaker is tiny, otherwise you would have tiny bread!
I like that the sides do not get too hot (as I have a small daughter who likes to touch everything!), and the different loaf sizes & colours are an advantage too.
All in all, this product is not as expensive as others, but definitely does the job. I would recommend.
If there is one thing that makes a home smell great it is the scent of natural food cooking, and they come no better than baked bread. Now i'm not suggesting that you shell out over £50 for something that gives you a nice smell, there are candles for that sort of thing. No, the smell is justy a nice by product. Do the bakery thing right, and you'll wonder why you bother with what is on offer in your supermarket.
So the first thing to consider is the size of the unit. It's bulky measuring approximately 250mm x 225mm x 350mm and a little heavy as well. If space is a premium in your kitchen it could prove a problem. Finished in a glossy white plastic with vents to the right hand side as you look. The top is divided into two sections. The plastic coated control panel and the flip top lid from where you produce will exit. It is powered through the mains via a 2 foot wire with plug attached.
The 'sink' is a 175mm square and 200mm deep with a mixing spike in the middle which will manipulate the dough prior to baking. Included in the box is a short instruction booklet on how to setup and use the unit as well as a couple of recipes. I would advise purchasing a cook book at the same time for greater variety beyon a white loaf.
There is no limit to what you can make and i've done quite a few from farmhouse loaves to doughnuts to bara brith to hot cross buns. Done in a couple of hours and I can assure you they taste better than anything you can buy in your supermarket.
Downsides. Well ingredients do cost more than the sum you'd pay in the supermarket, so you'll probably end up doing this as a one off every so often. Unless you buy your ingredients wholesale!!! Then there are the recipes. Without wanting to frighten you, there is no room for error. Slightly too much or too little and the mix will be ruined. Worse still it'll take 3 hours to find out, there is no warning during cooking. The window in the lid is so small that you won't be able to see what is going on inside.
These are minor points. You'll probably make a few frustrating mistakes but you'll get the hang of it in the end and be able to enjoy your own fabulous baked breads.
this breadmaker is fabulous!!! Okay, it's the first breadmaker I've owned, so I have no frame of reference; however, it is easy, fast and incredibly efficient! It was given to me by a friend that acquired 2 as wedding gifts. The instruction booklet includes about 50 recipes for various breads and pastries, and they are all very simple. I love the idea of just putting ingredients into the breadpan, putting the pan into the breadmaker, setting the timer to the appropriate number, and within a few hours I have fresh homemade br ead that is devoured by my family almost as soon as it has finished. I have found several recipes for it on the internet as well, but have yet to try them.
I'm also very pleased with the FASTBAKE feature, which allows me to make a loaf of bread very quickly if necessary, it's a great timesaver, and the bread is always perfect!!
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