I really love the smell of fresh bread when i walk down the high street and even more so when you buy some and have it in the kitchen whilst its warm and the smell seems to fill the house. After many, and i mean more than i really want to admit, failed attempts at making my own bread I gave up and accepted that it was never to be. By chance, I called upon a neighbour who had a bread maker and although it wasnt the Morphy Richards one, she was raving about using it. I like the idea of something that could make it and bake it and I could maybe pass it off as my own........
I looked around and reviewed a lot of bread makers before settling on the Morphy Richards fast bake as I wanted something that wasnt labouring for hours to produce a tiny loaf that would have the household arguing about for hours! Also, I wanted a chrome bread maker to fit in with my decor (cream and chrome) and this seemed like my ideal item. I orded from Amazon and it arrived within 4 days and I was not disappointed at all.
There were a few parts to fit together but this was a breeze, the outer casing, the inner bread basket and the dough mixer blade which slotted together and we were ready to bake. I just needed to make sure I had all the ingredients for the perfect loaf and off I went to get them. The outer casing itself is very nice to look at and positively professional in its appearance, it stands about 12 - 15 inches tall and has a glass viewing panel on the top. The controls are in black but this doesnt take anything away from its classy look, its quiet when working and I did have to check a few time that it was actually on.
When you choose the loaf you want to make you can indicate how well you want this cooking from light to dark, personal preference I guess as I always choose dark (I like the taste of the darker crust). The bread itself can be a smaller loaf at around 1.5lb or a larger one at 2lb, again, I tend to make the bigger one for the family. The bread doesnt have any added preservatives so one thing to remember is that it isnt going to last beyond a day or two but if like me, you like toast, its great for that after the second day.
There are 12 settings for various options of bread but I usually use the Fastbake 1 or 2 option, you can always make Wholemeal, sweet bread herb bread, in fact absolutely any bread you like and although there are some recipes in the manual you can always use your own. There is a bleep indicator for various stages and to let you know when the bread is ready, controls being very simple to use.
For all the bread recipes in the manual, all the ingredients are put in the basket within the breadmaker together and you then set the machine to go, its really that simple. I like to set the timer to bake the bread for early morning and although this was a great idea to begin with, it woke the dog at 5am who then thought it was time to howl for the family to get up so lesson learnt.......
The basket can be quite hot when the bread is cooked, as you would expect so i would suggest you use heat proof mitts and them tip the bread onto a rack to cool down, if you place it on a ledge or anything solid, the heat turns to condensation and the bread goes a little soggy. The bread itself can take around 3 hours to mix, knead and bake but during the cooking section it will smell wonderful, everything i dreamt it would be. There is always a hole in the underside of the bread where the blade has been but once cut, its not too noticeable and doesnt take anything away from the taste anyway.
I have also let the bread knead and then removed from the maker so i can split into buns and cook in the oven, these are amazing and my husbands favourite without a doubt. Im not overly keen on fruited breads and although you can make these, amongst many others in the machine, I tend to stick to white and wholemeal.
I would recommend this machine to anyone thinking about buying one and would replace this with the exact same if it were to expire, the smell is wonderful and its now part of the family....my own little dough boy!
When we moved into our new house I had decided that one appliance I wanted was a breadmaker. Now I had a utility room I had more space to be able to store it as well as use it. I was amazed at how many breadmakers there were on the market but they all basically did the same thing. Some were more expensive and others were a lot cheaper but I wanted something which was well made, would last and had a few options so I didn't only make bread!
The breakmaker I ended up purchasing was the Morphy Richards 48268 Fastbake Stainless Steel Fastbake Breadmaker. I purchased it from Comet (it is now a discontinued item) as apart from having a money off deal it seemed to be just what I was looking for. And I have a few Morphy Richards appliances and they are all very well made and they are of good quality so I didn't think I would have any problems with this.
The Fastbake Breadmaker comes in two varieties either brushed stainless steel and white or stainless steel and dark grey. The have the latter as I thought it looked a bit more modern and would be easier to keep clean. The breadmaker comes in a cardboard box with slight padding together with a large A4 instruction manual which is a must read if you have never used a breadmaker before.
The Fastbake breadmaker is quite rectangular in shape with an easy to open dark grey plastic lid, the base is brushed stainless steel and has 4 little feet for easy placing on a worktop. On top of the lid there is the large viewing window as well as all the buttons and the timer dial. The buttons are there for selecting what crust you'd like, timing settings, what item you are making etc. The timer dial shows you what you have selected and once the baking is in process how long it has left to bake. Classed as one of the cheaper breadmakers on the market its features are not quite as advanced as some others but the Fastbake's key features are:-
A unique kneading blade which drops down during the bread making cycle
12 settings to choose from
Large viewing window
Ability to bake either a 1.5lb or 2lb loaf
Light, medium or dark crust settings
Can make cakes and jam
Beeps to let you know when to add ingredients
Comes complete with measuring cup and spoon
One thing I had to do before starting the baking process was to associate myself with the features as it is vital you know your way around the breadmaker. To start it is essential that you wash the bread pan and kneading blade before you bake for the first time. The bread pan is incredibly easy to take out as it just locks into place and the kneading blade again simply slots into place. Once washed in warm, soapy water your ready to roll!
I have only ever cooked bread in my breadmaker not because I don't like cakes or jam but because I haven't gotten around to it! I have always made a 2lb loaf and you need to ensure that you select this option as well as whether you'd like a light, medium or dark crust setting or whether you want to use the French setting where the bread is crustier and looks a bit more open once baked. You then simply need to put the contents into the breadpan (the kneading knife already needs to be in the breadpan) and then you close the lid and press go!
The breadmaker beeps during several stages of the baking process so you know exactly how long your bread will be. If you want to add ingredients such as seeds or oats etc then you do so after the first beep. The baking process for a standard 2lb loaf is 3 hours which may seem quite a long time but once the breadmaker is on it tends to look after itself so you do not need to do anything. After the 3 hours is up you need to simply let it cool for around 10 minutes, lift the breadpan out and with a few taps the fresh baked loaf of bread comes straight out with no problems.
The unique kneading blade folds down during the process which should stop it from being baked into the loaf and therefore you don't have a great big hole in the bottom of your loaf but in reality this doesn't quite happen all the time which doesn't annoy me but it is quite fiddly to remove from the loaf. It only seems to happen with certain types of bread that I have made so I don't think it is a fault with the breadmaker itself.
One thing I really like about the breadmaker is that it is incredibly easy to clean which is a godsend. All that needs cleaning is the breadpan and kneading blade and once these are submersed in warm water then they practically clean themselves. The main area of the breadmaker where the breadpan sits just needs a damp cloth going round as sometimes the flour can get into it but again this isn't a hassle to clean either.
Another good thing is the instruction manual not only does it go into great detail about the breadmaker itself but it also gives you a wide variety of bread recipes as well as recipes for jam and cakes so if you don't know what to bake or need a little help then there is plenty of variety to choose from (as well as listing all the ingredients!). Should you loose the manual or like me end up spilling ingredients over it, you can get a PDF version from the Morphy Richards website.
The breadmaker isn't just used for baking bread, cakes and making jams but it can help prepare pizza dough, sandwich bread, quick bread and sweet bread. All you need to do is remember to use the right setting but the buttons on the lid are easy to go through so there shouldn't be a problem at all. You can obviously cook gluten free bread too.
Every loaf I have baked (or Fastbake has baked!) has come out smelling divine, that real freshly baked bread smell certainly fills the room. They always have a good colour to the crust (I always pick medium or French) and are baked to perfection. I really can't complain at all, the bread tastes wonderful and has been thoroughly enjoyed by friends and family. I am yet to use it to create anything else (I've tried pizza dough which was successful) but no doubt I will be after Christmas when I have a little more time.
Overall, the Morphy Richards 48268 Fastbake Stainless Steel Fastbake Breadmaker is incredibly easy to use and easy to clean. Being already assembled when purchased all you need to do is wash the cooking components and you are ready to go. The instructions are easy to read and understand as are the buttons on the lid so you can't really go wrong. My only gripe is that there is no timer so you can't set the breadmaker to have your bread freshly baked in time for breakfast but for some that may be a necessity but for me it isn't. Definitely a recommendation should you want an easy to use breadmaker which can produce a variety of products.
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Brand: Morphy Richards
Price: £40 upwards
Availability: Amazon and various other retailers online
This breadmaker was my Christmas present last year from the in laws.
When I first opened it I was a little bit disappointed as it's not quite as sleek and stylish looking as the slightly more expensive Panasonic models I had been looking at. However, I immediately noticed this breadmaker had a big advantage over the Panasonic model (which my mother in law had bought for herself!) that is, a viewing window on the lid....
While that may not seem very impressive, what it does mean is that you can actually watch your dough rise without opening the lid, as you have to on the Panasonics, and letting in cool air and thus stopping your dough rising as much as it would have done.
The Morphy Richards model is also slightly smaller than the Panasonic's which is better if, like me, you do have quite limited surface space.
You have a choice of 2 loaf sizes. The small which really really would be for a mouse or the large which Is the only size I ever use after discovering just how small, 'small' actually is.
It has 10 settings including fast bake which. Don't recommend unless it's an emergency as the bread comes out somewhat dodgy! You can make pizza dough in it, which comes out beautifully, cakes and jams.
There are 3 crust settings, light, medium and dark. So you can vary it depending on your own taste. In a house which crust hating children it normally ends up on light here to be honest!
The only really fault it has is that the dough mixing paddle does come off around 90% of the time so ends up stuck in the bottom of your bread, means you need to fish it back out before cutting or letting anyone eat the bread!
Other than that it's a great little machine. Priced around £70 I don't think you could do much better.
After walking into my sister-in-laws house to the smell of fresh bread I decided that I couldn't live without a bread maker. Soon followed a trip to curry's where after looking at the four different bread makers on offer I came home with the Morphy Richards Fastbake.
If you are thinking that a bread maker will save you money, this isn't really the case. By the time you have bought all the ingredients you may find that the cost doesn't really compete with the offers available on bread at the supermarket these days. However I personally think that spending a little bit more is well worth it when you have the peace of mind of what's in your loaf.
Admittedly the bread doesn't last as long as shop bought but that's due to it being free from preservatives. It does however taste so good that it tends to have gone well before it would have turned stale. You also have options for different sized loads so if you think you may be wasteful you can select a smaller loaf.
If you decide that homemade bread is for you then this bread maker is a good choice. The black and chrome design means that it looks attractive so that you can leave it out on display. This can be a major benefit if you have little cupboard space since bread makers do tend to be on the large size.
This bread maker comes with everything you need to get started (apart from the ingredients). It includes measuring cup and spoon and a fantastic recipe book that includes different breads and cakes.
The thing which sets this maker apart from the others is the fast bake option which gives you a fresh baked loaf in just 75 minutes. The texture of the bread is a bit more like cake than the usual bread but it is still a great feature if you are in a rush.
It also has a timer which allows you to delay your bread for 13 hours. I team this with my slow cooker and come home from work to hot stew and freshly baked bread.
I love this item but must admit that with certain ingredients, especially oatmeal flour, the bread maker can be quite noisy when mixing. You also need to ensure that it is placed to the back of your kitchen worktop since it can move around. I once got a real shock when it managed to work itself to the edge and crashed to the floor. Despite this it is still in one piece and fully working. It's been well used for over two years with no problems.
This breadmaker was a housewarming gift from my father in law about 18 months ago (so no idea of initial cost...). I was at the time a breadmaker virgin and had never in my life used one before. My only experience of breadmaking was by hand, in food tech class, many moons ago.
To look at it is very smart. Stainless steel aside from the black controls and glass window. Three basic parts, the machine itself, metal bread pan and metal blade. VERY easy to put together. This breadmaker will make a small loaf (1.5lb) and a large loaf (2lb). The controls are also very simple, time up and down, colour (light, medium, dark), loaf size, start/stop and menu. The menu button will choose the breadmaking programme, 12 choices, basic, french,wholewheat, cake, swee, fastbake 1, fastbake 2, dough, jam, speciality, sandwich and extra bake. Within every setting their are various recipes you can use (a simple recipe guide is included with the instructions but there are plently of recipes for bread widely avaliable ont he internet). Using the basic function I have made various wonderful breads, sun dried tomatoe, red onion, chocolate...
It is very easy to use. As I have mentioned I had never used a breadmaker before but it really is idiot proof. You remove the bread pan and attach the blade (there are a couple of ways to do this depending on which bread you are making but this is stated in the recipes), measure out your ingredients; for basic bread these are water, skimmed milk powder, oil, sugar, salt, strong bread flour and yeast. Add ALL the ingredients to the pan in the order listed in whatever recipe you are using, replace the bread pan, select the programme/weight/colour and press start. Easy as that. You can also choose to delay the start so that you can control when the bread finishes. For some recipes that require fruit you need to add it later. The machine will beep to tell you when. Once the bread is finished (about 3 hours for normal white bread) there is a function to keep it warm for up to an hour if you want to. Using an ovenglove (or a teatowel if like me you dont own one!) remove the pan and place on a protective surface, ie. a chopping board. Leave the bread to cool for 15 minutes before turning out. Apparently the blade should stay in the pan, this has never happened to me, it is always in the bread! The blade obviously needs to be removed, leaving an unsightly hole, but not affecting the taste atall!
Homemade bread (albeit in a breadmaker!) tastes fantastic, especially when it has just been cooked. In our house it doesnt last very long but it doesnt stay fresh as long as bread you would buy in a supermarket. Id say within two days it is going stale. You also have to be very careful about measuring the ingredients. I have in the past let my three year old help and with his measuring skills it certainly doesnt turn out the same! Overall a great product, sleek looking, very easy to use and the smell of fresh bread cooking is unbeatable.
I have always been a fan of new gadgets and have a cupboard where they all sit for 11 months of the year, only to come out on special occasions once in a blue moon, but none the less, breadmakers became all the rage a few years ago and i had to have one.
Morphy Richards is a well known company in the United Kingdom that specialise in Kitchen appliances. I have had toasters, kettles, irons and steamers made by Morphy Richards and i think thet are a reputable company. They have been around for a whopping 70 years, and they claim that more households have Morphy Richards products than any other. The name Morphy Richards comes from Donal Morphy and Charles Richards, 2 men that registered the company back in 1935, and set up production in Kent.
I bought my bread maker online but am sure that it is readily available from larger supermarkets and electrical stores. Prices range greatly from around £50-£90 depending on where you go.
The bread maker is on the larger more cumbersome side of the kitchen appliances, and therefore despite looking very pretty, i rarely have it out on the counter. This rounded rectangular device has a brushed stainless steel body to it, that can become warm when in use, and although looks very tasteful when new, can be difficult to get stubborn marks off from. The lid of the product is made of plastic and is black and silver in colour. 2/3 of the lid, opens up, and this is where the bread cannisters sits. There is a large viewing space here so that you can see your bread being made! Then other 1/3 of the lid is where the programme buttons sit and the display screen that shows what programme you are using and the available functions.
The buttons are firm to the touch and are an opaque colour giving contrast to the black and silver and the ability to see the writing on the button clearly also.
Internally, when you buy this model, an instruction booklet is with it (always handy), and this also has a few recipes that you can use if you would like to. There is a removable cannister in which the bread is baked. This has an ingerdient fill line, and a non-stick type coating internally. There is a small metal handle to this which you are urged to use to remove the prduct out of the maker when cooked. please beware though, this is very hot. Inside the cannister is yet another removable object, the blade that mixes and kneads the bread. This too, pushes into the cannister and has a non-stick type coating. It is found in the base of the cannister in the centre.
To complete the set, you will find a measuring cup and spoon, to make the porcess a little quicker and easier.
*SETTINGS AND FEATURES*
I bought this bread maker because it has a fastbake feature and has the ability to make a loaf from raw ingredients to finished product in 80 minutes.
There are 12 settings to this bread maker depending on the type of bread you would like to make, and the loaf size.
Clearly you need electricity to supply the bread maker and this uses 600 watts.
The beauty of this machine is that if you would like to make your own rolls or loaf in a tin, you have the ability to make the dough, and this will make the dough and prove it for you, providing you add all of the ingredients correctly. This is 1 one of settings. My only criticism with this is that it can take a while to make the dough, and not much longer for a comppleted loaf. None the less, great for pizza bases!
The bread maker has the abillity to make a 1.0lb, 1.5lb & 2lb Loaf depending on how many people you are feeding, and the instructions will tell you to alter the amount of ingredients accordingly.
For a basic farmhouse loaf, you are generally going to need:
400g strong plain white flour, plus extra for dusting
115g strong plain wholemeal flour (optional in my opinion)
1 tbsp skimmed milk powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp light soft brown sugar
25g butter diced
1 1/2 tsp fast-action dried yeast
It is simply a case of putting all these ingredients in and pressing a button or 2 (the function for a plain/basic white/ or normal loaf)!
One feature of this product that i find useful is the browning feature. This has the ability to cook your bread to light, medium & dark crust settings and this changes the legnth of time by minutes only. There is also a facility of this maker to begin the bread making after a period of time. There is a 13 hour programable timer. You can imagine it now, putting your ingredients in the bread maker before you go to bed, and waking up to the smell of freshly made bread in the morning, mmmm melting butter!
Certain functions of the breadmaker mean that you can make seeded breads or fruit breads, and providing you pick that function, the machine will beep when it wants these extra ingedients added, meaning you do have to be around at that time!
So, as you can see, for a rounded box, this has a lot of features and claims to do a lot of things, but how practicle is it really?
*PRACTICALITIES / EASE OF USE / OPINION*
From a consumers perspective this breadmaker seems to have fireworks and the full chibang! On a day to day basis though i do not find it overly practicle. I urge that if you are on a diet, not to use this or probably any breadmaker to make your bread. You may well end up eating warm bread with double the butter you had hoped with a slice thick enough to wedge your front door open (but it is delicious!).
The ingedients are easy enough to buy from your local supermarket and and not overly expensive to be fair. The system is easy to use and with the measuring cup, no need for scales and more equipment.
I have found that you can hear a whirring noie when mixing and kneading is in operation, but that is to be expected, and once baking, it is quite fascinating to see how the bread rises before your eyes.
To remove the bread, simply wait for it to cool, or use an oven glove to remove the cannister. The lovely smell of freshly baked bread will fill your kitchen, yummy, and you will find probably on 90% of occasions (speaking from experience) the mixing blade will be sitting quite comfortably in the base of you loaf, and will need to be cut out. Depending on how delicate you are, you will end up with either a small divet in the base of your loaf, or a large hole big enough to spoil a few slices.
Cleaning is fairly simple. Those of you with brushed stainless steel will know, water marks are really difficult to get off once on, and can spoil the asthetic look. The cannister and blade can be cleaned esily using soap and water and i have never had any problems with staining or rusting at all. The lid wipes clean easily with a damp cloth and as mentioned previously, can be stored in a cupboard without too much difficulty.
I have had this bread maker now for a good while and have never had any problems with it all all. I do not use it on a daily basis though so cannot comment on the daily wear of the item.
In conclusion, this bread maker has a lot of positives and is a very comprehensive machine. My one niggle, especially in this age of bread makers in the blade becoming stuck in the base of the bread. I am yet to see a bread maker in which this does not seem to be a problem.
4/5 for me. Thankyou for reading my mini essay!
My mother bought this with an amazon gift voucher, and she's made quite a few loaves of bread with it. However she seems to have stopped, so I have just gone and made a loaf of bread, just 5 minutes ago.
Design & Instructions
The bread maker looks good, and seems to fit in with the majority of the kitchen appliances in our kitchen. It has a silver body, and then a dark, plastic lid, with also a viewing bit, so you can see your bread as it cooks and whatnot. There is a big book of tips and recipes, aswell as instructions. The tips are mostly things telling you how to improve your bread, and things like what to do once your bread has cooked. There are also tips on how to take care of your bread machine. Also, there are troubleshooting tips at the back of the instructions, and for everything that could be wrong with the bread, they have a solution.There are a number of things you can make: 11 different Breads, there are also dough mixes, like Baguettes, so you can have the machine make the dough, and then you cook the french bread in your oven. There are also jams, malt loaf, hot cross buns, pizza bases, cakes, sweet breads (like chocolate bread), and there are also gluten free recipes, and as I know 3 people that have Celiac disease, this could come in handy.
Making the bread
Making the bread is easy, all the measurements are in teaspoons, tablespoons, and in cup sizes, and they have supplied measuring cups for this, which makes it easier than weighing everything out. You just put everything in to the pot you cook it in, and put it in the breadmaker, and cook. I find that setting the cooking time correctly gets a bit complicated, but it's not too hard to find the right setting. When making the bread, it''s important you have the paddle in that mixes the bread, because otherwise nothing will happen. This has happened to my mum a couple of times, and so she's had to start all over again. This is my mums fault, however I think that Morphy Richards could have maybe done something to prevent this.
Cooking the bread
As soon as you press the start button the breadmaker starts kneading it, and this also means the dough starts to rise. After it has finished kneading it starts cooking, and this creates a really good smell in the kitchen. It takes about an hour or two to knead and cook.
When the bread has cooked, an alarm goes off, so that it does not overcook. When you take the bread out, it smells so good, and you just want to eat there and then, but you're supposed to let it cool down first. After it's cooled, the bread tastes good, however it never really tastes fresh after the first day, and the bread has never looked like a normal Hovis loaf would look like, it's always much thicker and more dense bread. It always seems as though it should be cooked for longer, however the outside of the bread is cooked to perfection.
So if you want to make your own bread, and you'd eat it within a day, this is for you. Otherwise, I'd recommend just sticking with the local bakery.
A few weeks ago we decided to buy a bread maker. Not really sure why, but at the time it seemed like a good idea! We went for the Morphy Richards 38268 as it was on offer in Tesco for £60. We actually only went in that day for a loaf bread but walked out with a bread maker and a bag full of ingredients!
The box for the item was fairly big, about the size of a microwave, the actual bread maker itself isn't too bad, about half the size of a microwave. We keep ours in a cupboard as we don't like anything on the worktops, but to be fair its stainless steel finish means it's not too bad if you did want to leave it out all the time.
As well as making bread, this will also make cakes, fruit loaf, and even jam! When making bread, there are three different settings for the size of the loaf. 1lb, 1.5lb or 2lb, I always opt for a 2lb loaf as the others seem a bit small. You can also choose the colour of the crust, light medium or dark. We always stick to the medium setting, it seems to do the job.
There is an LCD display on the maker which tells you the setting you are on, and also the remaining time, there is a viewing window too, so you can see the masterpiece in progress right from being mixed to rising and baking.
There is a delay timer on the maker, so you can put the ingredients in the night before and have it freshly made for when you wake up the next day. There's a keep warm function that keeps the loaf warm up to one hour after being baked, just incase you get up late.
To make the bread it is very simple, the maker comes with a detailed instruction book with all the ingredients needed to make the loaf. I won't list the amounts needed, but all you need to make a white loaf is.
Luckily, the machine comes with a measuring cup and two spoons, so there is no weighing required. All ingredients are measured by cupfuls or spoonfuls. All you do is put the water in first, then the flower, sugar, salt & oil, and then lastly the yeast. There is no mixing required just put everything into the tin in that order. A standard loaf takes around three hours to cook, but the machine has a fast bake setting that does it in just over an hour. We usually stick to this one as three hours is a bit too long for us to wait.
The machine is a little noisey and does wobble around a bit when it's mixing the dough, but after 15 minutes or so when its baking, it makes no sound at all.
After cooking the loaf, you just leave it in the tin for around ten minutes to cool and then remove it onto a plate. As the cooking tin is non stick, the bread seems to just slide out without making any mess. The kneading blade does leave a small hole in the bottom of the loaf; this doesn't bother me too much as I always give my girlfriend that slice.
The first loaf I ever made was perfect, well I thought it was, my girlfriend didn't entirely agree, but anyway around five loaves later I am finally managing to get the bread just right. The key is to follow the recipe 100% as the slightest difference can make or break the loaf.
After you have eaten the bread, it's time to clean the machine, again I usually leave this bit to my girlfriend, I'm good like that. As the tin is non stick, it only ever needs a wipe with a damp cloth until it's clean, again just wipe inside the bread maker with a damp cloth and it's ready for next time.
If I was to find any bad points, they would be that one, as I have already mentioned, the kneading blade leaves a hole in the loaf. And two, the smell from the maker isn't as strong as I expected, I always thought it would fill the house with the smell of fresh baked bread. To be honest unless you went right up to the maker and sniffed the vent you would hardly know it's even cooking a loaf.
I would recommend this bread maker, it is very simple to use and after some practice, the end result tastes lovely. I do find that bread from it needs to be eaten on the day it's baked as it goes dry very quickly, but overall I can't fault it.
I purchased this bread maker about 5 years ago after my German one broke. I liked the idea of the paddle dropping down so it stays in the pan rather than coming out with the bread and having to try & remove it before the bread hardened. I thought it would be the perfect bread maker for me. I liked the style and ease of use and thought I would find the shape of the loaf very useful. I made bread in this machine and although the machine functioned very well, Most of the time I use it every other day but occasionally more often. It can be a bit hit & miss whether the paddle comes out with the loaf or not and it has now starting screaking terrible & crud has got into the start/stop button & menu button which makes operation a bit difficult.
I have had some disasters with it, either bread collapsing in the middle or forgetting to put the paddle in so it doesn't mix and then it goes hard so a lot of cleaning to do!
The A4 instruction book is good and informative, includes recipes as well as advice on maintenance & usage.
I was given this as a present a couple of months ago, my first impression was that it is very stylish with the brushed stainless steel surround and matched everything we have in the kitchen. This items comes with all measuring equipment need (measuring cup and spoons) and also came with a recipe book which is rather handy.
The fold down paddle was personally my first let down. This 'apparently' fold down before the bread bakes to reduce the size of the hole left during baking, still to this day I have not seen this work. Not sure if anyone else has had this problem?
When it comes to baking loafs of bread in this machine I think it could be better. Our first loaf was nothing special, it seemed that the crust was just too hard and dark as if it had over cooked.
The only thing that seems to work perfectly in this is the dough. There is a facility so it makes the dough and then you can make rolls etc by hand. This seems to be the better option, the bread stays soft and isn't too hard and dry on the outside.
Other bonus features of this breadmaker would be the cake and jam making facility, although I have yet to try and of these functions out.
My overall opinion on this item is standard, I have previously had breakmakers and to be honest I would recommend that you purchase a different one.
Update: 05/01/2010 - Before Christmas my bread maker finally broke! However I did receive a new one with a week and a half of reporting the fault. I was quickly sent a new bread maker and a courier picked up the old. However inconvenient it was for this to break they did deal with this very quickly.
The Specifications ****************
* Stainless Steel.6
* 600 watts.
* Compact brushed stainless steel design.
* Bakes a 1lb, 1.5lb and 2lb loaf.
* Choice of 12 programmes.
* Makes cake and jam.
* Light, medium and dark crust settings.
* Fast bake setting - bakes a loaf in 70 minutes.
* 13 hour programmable timer.
* Large viewing window.
* Alarm to add fruit and nuts.
* Unique kneading paddle drops down during bread making cycle - perfect loaves for slicing.
* Automatic keep warm for 60 minutes.
* Cool touch.
* Includes measuring cup, spoon and recipe/instruction booklet.
The bread maker is a brushed stainless steel design and it feels fairly sturdy and is a nice looking piece of equipment. The top of the machine houses the lid which has a large built in viewing window so you can see clearly how the bread is doing. There is also a fruit and nut dispenser which allows you to add fruit and nuts to the dough whilst it is cooking without having to take the dough out and risk burning your hands.
To the left of the lid is the control panel which has a led display and directly below the led display are the setting buttons.
There is the timer which apart from pasta and fast bake, allows you to delay the cooking of the bread. This means you can set it to start cooking a couple of hours before you wake up and wake up to nice fresh baked bread for breakfast. Below that there is the menu button that allows you to select one of 11 preset bread baking settings; there is even one for jam. The colour button allows you to set the colour of crust, giving you the choice of light, medium and dark crust. The Loaf button sets the size of the loaf you are cooking and you can choose small loaf (1.5lbs) or large (2lbs). There are air vents on the side of the bread maker so you need to make sure you do not cover those up. The on off switch is at the back of the machine which at first I thought was a bit odd, but it does make sense as it will be very hard to accidently switch it off during cooking.
The Manual **************
The instruction manual is written in a clear and easy to understand way. It begins with the usual safety warnings and then moves on to what to do before using it for the first time. It gives a diagram showing all the controls and what they do and even has a diagram of the dough bucket, just in case you did not recognise it. There is a detailed list of what timings each type of bread will take to cook. Then moving on to a simple 16 step guide to baking your first loaf of bread and it really does make this very easy to use. The next page is all about how and when to use the nut and fruit dispenser and also covers using the timer setting and even includes what happens and what to do if there is a interruption in the power during cooking. It also explains the best way to clean the bread maker and about storing it until next time.
The section on the ingredients of your bread even explains what effects it will have on the bread by using different flower. The recipe section is 6 pages long and not only gives recipes for different breads but also jams as well.
My Views. ***************
The bread makers is very easy to use and make the process of making your own bread almost foolproof. You can smell the bread cooking filling your kitchen with a lovely aroma that had me drooling before it was even ready. The bread tastes fantastic and we ate the first loaf whilst it was still hot. What makes this bread maker so good is suddenly, it is so easy to make our own jams and marmalades as well. There is something unique about making your own bread and then spreading your own home made jam or marmalade on it.
Some loaves do take up to 4 hours or more to bake but if you set the timer you can get them baking away when you are out shopping or even still asleep. The fast bake setting is fairly quick though and takes about 1 hour 12 minutes to bake a loaf. I find the viewing hole in the lid very handy as it lets you see what's happening and at times is almost as good fun as watching the TV.
As long as you do not over fill the dough bucket with dough or jam and make sure you clean it straight after use, it is very easy to clean and keep clean. The outside of the bread maker just needs a wipe over with a warm damp cloth and detergent. I must admit I am still unsure about the power button being at the rear of the bread maker. I think for ease of use it could have easily been fitted next to the other setting buttons on the top of the machine.
The unique thing about this machine is that the dough bucket even has a paddle in it so it can be used to mix your dough for you. I think they have almost thought of everything In this machine. The only thing I was disappointed about, was that if you set the colour button to give you a dark crust it tends to come out a bit too crunchy and leaves a burnt toast taste in your mouth. Other than that this is an almost all dancing and singing appliance. Now if only they could bring one out that not only bakes the bread and makes the jam, but also makes the coffee as well........
I have had my this breadmaker now for 2 months, my first one ever so cant really compare to any other brands but i must say i adore it! I havnt had to buy any bread since i bought it.
My favourite setting is the small fastbake loaf as there is only myself and son to make bread for, whilst the manual says this setting can leave the bread a little more moist than other settings i have never had a problem. I would recommend always setting the breadmaker to a light crust as i have tried both the medium and dark settings and have found them a little too crusty for my likeing.
I have also made the fruit bread which is delicious for breakfast and the cheese and onion bread too, nom nom nom! You can also make french bread, sandwich loaves and the dough for pizza bases and rolls.
I love this piece of kitchen so much and to walk down the stairs first thing on a morning with the smell of fresh bread cooking is heaven!!
We've had our Morphy Richards 48268 Fastbake for a week or so now, but we are disappointed with it. We bought it on the strength of reviews in Which? Our daughter was fed up when she saw this review because she had recently bought a Panasonic breadmaker and would have gone for the Morphy Richards if she had seen the Which? review in time. But we now think she made the right choice.
My first quarrel is with the bread recipes in the instruction booklet. These specify sugar by the tablespoonsful. Now, traditional bread making in Britain and in Europe does not use sugar, except possibly a teaspoonful to start the yeast. All my life I've made and eaten bread without sugar, and I'm not going to start heaping sugar into it now. Americans, I believe, do often use sugar in their bread, but putting American recipes into a product for the British market is a little odd.
We tried making the wholemeal bread using the water, flour and yeast quantities in their recipe, but omitting skimmed milk powder, sugar and vitamin C tablets, and reducing the salt from 1.5 to 1 teaspoon. We added an extra 4.5 tbspoons of flour to bring the bulk up to the recipe quantity and cooked. The bread rose and rose, and collapsed, leaving a cavity on the top, which came out an unappetising undercooked colour.
Since then we have reduced the quantity of yeast to a half tsp and just under a half tsp successively, and the over-rising, although much improved, is still with us. Next time we'll reduce the yeast to a quarter tsp and hope it'll be ok.
Every time the bread is rather over-browned at the bottom and shades off towards the top. And the paddle is embedded into the loaf. To get it out I have to push it deeper and so break the crust, making it easier to extricate.
We'll persist with it, but my view is that we'll use the breadmaker when we must have bread and not much time to work on it, but when we want a really scrummy loaf it will be back to the Kenwood chef and oven baking.
Update: 2 February 2009
Much has happened since my original review. First the breadmaker started making loud grinding noises when it was kneading the dough. Customer Services at MR organised a replacement machine for me. BUT the new machine gave the same problem: they listened to it over the phone and decided to send me a replacement bread pan. BUT the new bread pan wouldn't fit the machine properly. The old pan slides easily into place (too easily?) whereas the new one can only be pushed in with a great deal of manual effort, barely possible for me and totally impossible for my wife.
Fortunately for me Amazon has agreed to take it back and to let me have my money back.
MR's Customer Services were very helpful and patient - I can only praise them: it's only the machine that I have problems with.
Incidentally, Nar2 says that I can easily translate the American cup measurements into grammes: indeed I do so, quite easily. My quarrel is with their using American bread recipes that use sugar, which to my, and most Europeans', way of thinking, is an unnecessary ingredient.
I purchased this bread maker some months ago -after reading reviews about it- I thought it would be the perfect bread maker for me. I liked the style and ease of use and thought I would find the shape of the loaf very useful. I made bread in this machine and although the machine functioned very well, I never succeeded in getting a bread to cook with a consistent crust throughout. It would be overdoen on the bottom and the top would be spongy. I tried different recipes and styles of bread and the problem persisted. While the middle part of the bread was delicious the top was too soft and the bottom too hard.
I despaired and phoned customer care who said that they had not had a problem with this model. I could not resolve it no matter what I did so in the end I freecycled the machine and hope that the new owner has more success than I.
Very stylish and fantastic bread maker. My first loaf turned out rather dissapointing but it was my fault I did not follow the instructions. My second loaf was amazing ate half straight away. I am rather excited. As to the hole left...... who cares, what do people want from a machine that does everything for you. I would recommend this to anyone. A male perspective from Ottawa, Canada. Wish we could get more Morphy Richards products here it really is quite limited. I love the stainless look and compact design looks really good in my kitchen and the smell is amazing takes me back to my childhood when Mom (God rest her soul) would make 3 or 4 loaves and the complain that we ate it all. Thinking of you now Mom. Any one interested in a slice really good with jam on it mmm mmm good. God bless Morphy Richards for a fine product.
Product features: compact brushed stainless steel design / unique kneading blade / drops down during the breadmaking cycle / bakes a 1.5lb & 2lb loaf / fastbake setting / choice of 12 settings / light, medium & dark crust settings / also makes cakes & jam / add ingredients signal / large viewing window / includes measuring cup & spoon and recipe/instruction booklet / Short name: Morphy Richards 48268