Product Type: Morphy Richards bread makers
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Morphy Richards 48268 Fastbake Breadmaker
Member Name: hh1983
Morphy Richards 48268 Fastbake Breadmaker
Advantages: great dough and bread, good features
Disadvantages: the blade is an issue
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!
Summary: ideal for breadmaking
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