My wife and I had never thought about getting a bread maker before but when we were given this as a Christmas Present we thought, what the heck let's give it a try.
First of all it is a bit bigger than I expected a bread maker to be (when you look at the size of the loaf tin in comparison to the size of the machine!) but when you use it and realise that even in a small kitchen like ours there's no danger of things next to it get getting blasted with heat when it's running then I'm more than happy with the size.
Secondly it's ridiculously straightforward in its construction and really easy to take the tin out and keep the whole machine clean. As some reviewers have said on first use it was a bit smelly when the grease burnt off but most cooking appliances are and it fades really quickly.
Now on to the bread!! I work shifts and my wife works nine to five, so we found we wasted a lot of bread when we bought loaves from the shop. So the smaller loaves you can make in this machine are very handy in that regard and really easy to put together. The instruction manual is basic but easy to follow and comes with all the measuring instruments supplied - just make sure the bread pan is clean (no soap residue as this added ingredient makes dough bricks not bread which I learned the hard way) and makes sure you measure accurately and you're in business.
A superb feature of this machine is the timer - you can bung in all the ingredients at night and set the time to coincide with your alarm clock and wake up to fresh bread and if you've never tried fresh bread and butcher sausage sandwiches on a Saturday morning I can't recommend it enough!
A word of warning though is to shop savvy with your ingredients. Some standard recipes can be quite expensive by the time you buy all the ingredients on a loaf per loaf basis and you'll find yourself being cheaper to buy bread from a supermarket and suffer the wastage. We've found though that most supermarkets (in the home baking section) have pre mixed bread flours for white bread, wholemeal bread, Ciabatta bread etc., and these we've found to retail for around 70 pence, significantly cheaper and no reduction in quality from buying everything separately (not to mention a lot less measuring involved).
Back to the heading for this review though - versatility. Ok maybe a little bit misleading in that this machine in primarily a bread maker (and a good one to boot) but we use other functions of the machine a lot more now and we love the results we get. The dough setting on the machine gives wonderful results in making your own rolls and pizza dough.
Yeah I know it sounds boring but until you've tried the rolls you have no idea what you're missing. Simply bung in your half bag (250g) of wholemeal bread mix from your supermarket of choice, add 175mls of water, press the dough button and find something else to do for 90 minutes. After your 90 minutes, simply empty the bread pan onto a lightly floured worktop or chopping board and cut into 4 or 6 even pieces. Shape the dough into a rough square and put on a greased baking tray. Cover with Clingfilm and allow to rise for 15 minutes. Brush the rolls with melted butter and bake for 15 minutes at 190C and enjoy the results. Might sound a bit fiddly but it gives you 8-12 rolls for 70 pence (not to mentioned how good they taste!) and after the first couple of times doing this you'll find it takes no time at all.
Then there's the jam.... We tried the jam recipe (we make our own Jam the old fashioned stirring a pot like a maniac way too) and we realised we'd bought a bit too much fruit for the time we had so we thought we'd try the bread maker out and we were not let down at all. Simply add two cups of fruit (we made raspberries and strawberries) a cup of chopped cooking apple, a cup of preserving sugar, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and press the button. No hassle and excellent jam that tastes great and sets very well too.
So in summary - a good machine with a good bit of versatility if you use your imagination.
I love this machine . It is easy to use, can make so many different types of loafs. It makes every thing from sweet fruit bread's to oat and rye and fluffy white loaf's . I use the bread makes everyday. I pop it on in the morning and let it do its job. it lovely and ready for lunch time. I like the one touch settings for different programs . It's easy to clean. reliable and makes great bread . MY husband has a wheat intolerance so this is ideal to make him wheat free bread that is edible. I had another bread maker that just didn't do the job it make the bread stodgy and the crust really hard but with this one its always fluffy and light with a lovely crust . It makes really tasty fruit loaf's my kids fat lots . It's been great eating lots of health home made bread the only down point is sometimes the blade doesn't pick up all the flour, leaving a floury base.
When I went on maternity leave a few months ago, I got used to walking to the bakery to buy a fresh loaf three or four times a week. But when the weather was poor, my husband would bring a manufactured loaf home and it was always a disappointment after our lovely bakery fresh ones. I started to think about getting a breadmaker - each loaf was costing me £1.43 so surely a breadmaker would be economical in the long run as well as very handy, too.
I did a lot of research into different ones and decided I needed a smallish bread maker (some are are big as a microwave!) with a timer as it's my pet hate when I don't know when something will arrive / be ready. I went for the Morphy Richards 48281 Fastbake because a) I trust the Morphy Richards brand and b) the breadmaker was on offer at Amazon for £25, a great saving on the RRP of £40. It came the next day (don't you just love Amazon Prime) and I was all set.
The breadmaker looks the business - all sleek and white, and just fitted on the limited space of my counter top. It has a black front to compliment the buttons and a viewing window in the top so you can see how your loaf is getting on. It's very easy to clean and stays cool when in use (unlike my steel kettle which gets red hot!). It comes with everything bar ingredients you need to start making bread / dough.
The LCD programme window shows the weight you have selected, the programme number (I will discuss these below), the browning level (how brown you want the loaf finished) and, essentially, the countdown for how long it has left to go before you have a nice fresh loaf.
Just underneath the screen there are five lovely easy to read chunky buttons, which are easy to clean. They are as follows:
- The timer buttons - plus and minus like on a digital clock, to set the delayed start on the machine, so you can set when you have your loaf fresh and ready.
- One button which controls start programme and stop programme.
- Crust colour control - you can select between a light, medium or dark crust. For the first few loaves I selected medium but as the machine bedded in, I changed to light.
- The menu button
- A button to select the size of the loaf you wish to bake, you can select between 1lb, 1.5lb and 2lb.
There are twelve preset programs to choose between, as follows:
- Basic White Loaf, a standard type loaf available in the three sizes as above. The name is a bit misleading - it's also used for brown loaves (not wholewheat).
- French Bread, a light, rather crispy loaf along the lines of a french stick, but obviously in a loaf. This is really nice for using as a base for nibbles if you have friends over as it tastes good with brie, pate and compotes.
- Wholewheat, I've only used this once as I am not a huge fan of wholewheat bread. It's a bit stodgy tasting for me. But it came out OK and my husband liked it.
- Quick Loaf, this is used for a quick, doughy bread along the lines of a chewy bagel, again more of a speciality but quite tasty as a morning bread. It doesn't keep very long, though.
- Sweet, used for sweet loaves, I haven't had a chance to use this yet (well, there are a lot of settings!) My friend has used it on hers and has turned out some lovely cinnamon malt loaf, though. Must get the recipe.
- Fast bake and Fast bake 2, used to make medium and large loaves respectively.
- Dough Setting, this is great for pizza. I use a pre made mix for this but it turns out fab and it is so easy. Home made pizzas have never been so nice and especially so now I don't have to buy the dry (and expensive) pre made bases.
- Jam Setting, this is used for making fruit jams - again not one I have tried as to be honest I am scared of ruining the pan, but I'm hoping to buy a spare for it, so I can give it a try.
- Cake Setting - I have tried this with a premade packet of chocolate cake mix and it turned out better than I expected, but I think it would be best for fruit breads due to the shape it comes out (I like my chocolate cakes round). But a good setting if you're busy and want a quick hot dessert.
- Sandwich Loaf, apparently this makes a lighter loaf, but I never have any problems with the lightness of my regular white, so I haven't needed to use it. Apparently you can get heavier loaves in different climates so I may try it in the summer.
- Extra Bake, this adds extra cooking time to your programme, as far as I know you can use it with them all apart from quick, fast and fast 2. I am assuming this is so you can either get a slightly drier bread / cake, or a better boil on your jam. I've never had need to use it as the standard settings have been fine for me.
The Morphy Richards 48281 is so easy to use. And cleaning is a total doddle - apparently the pan is dishwasher safe but my dishwasher can make even teflon coated pans rusty so I just remove my loaf to the cooling rack, leave the pan to cool, then clean it in warm soapy water, this is all it needs, it has never been encrusted with dirt and it is really easy to keep clean.
The only (slight) niggle I have with the breadmaker is that the paddle inside which kneads the bread can get stuck on a half rotation through the dough when it starts to cook so you end up with a bit of a hole in the middle of your bread. It doesn't always happen and it doesn't bother me, but just to make you aware that it can happen from time to time and sometimes your loaves can look a bit more rustic!
The loaves, cake and dough I turn out with this breadmaker are second to none. I have never owned a breadmaker before so I cannot compare it to others but from someone who was on premade bread, then to bakery bread, making it at home in a modern way is absolutely brilliant and the results have always been great - no duds yet. It's fabulous to have fresh bread whenever you want and with the timer, you can set it off so you will come home from shopping / work to nice fresh baked bread! Bliss. We've enjoyed home baked bread with sandwiches for picnics, in puddings, as breadcrumbs, the dough as pizza, garlic dough balls, cheesy breadsticks - there is so much you can do. I am no super mum or wife, but this breadmaker fits right into my life (and right on my kitchen counter top) and gives a bit of a country cottage comfort to a 2 bed apartment in Manchester!
I can't recommend it highly enough - it is a great breadmaker and it really has made a difference to my family's life. If you are looking for a breadmaker with a decent range of functions including the all important (to me) delayed start and countdown timer, then this is it, you don't need to spend a penny more.
The Morphy Richards 48281 Fastbake Breadmaker comes with a three year manufacturer warranty and is available online at Morphy Richards and Amazon as well as independent retailers - my advice would be to shop around for the best price.
Thank you very much Ebay - always good for a bargain! £25 for my brand new Breadmaker, thanks to hubby (originally worth £50-£60!).
I was pretty upset when my breadmaker of 7 years finally gave up, so was ecstatic to receive my newbie one. My old one was starting to look pretty old fashioned anyway, and this Morphy Richards in comparison is more modern. If you are a huge fan of fresh loaves, give the Morphy Richards a go! Anybody can use it - it would be good for people not used to making bread because its easy to understand design and instruction booklet with recipes is fab to follow.
**How do I even make bread?!**
With one of these! lol... all you need is flour, water, oil, sugar, salt and yeast! all easy to buy ingredients and once you start and sample the luxurious taste of your first home made loaf, you'll be addicted! Be warned though... if your kids are bread fans, they'll be forever asking you to make it! I actually quite enjoy doing it so we tend to do it on a weekend only basis now, because at one point I was being asked to get it out every day!
**What's in the box?**
As well as the breadmaker, you will find a kneading blade, measuring cup, bread pan, 2 measuring cups and an instruction manual. The enclosed instruction book has lots of recipes too which is handy and needed for those new to breadmaking.
The recipes included are for sweet bread, fast bakes, wholewheast breads, french loaves, basic bread, dough, jam, sandwich breads and cakes. There are great because it really encourages you to experiment with different breads and try something new perhaps.
Pretty smart looking, as you can see in the picture. It's quite bulky though and its white which is a bit of a negative for me, but only in that all, well almost all of my appliances are black and silver. Still, not to worry though - it's not disasterous by any stretch. The control panel is black with buttons on it and there is an easy read LCD display. Above this are the different programs. The breadpan is non stick as well, with a detachable paddle.
**The Control buttons**
Timer delay (+/-)
Colour button (for light medium or dark crusts)
Loaf size (1llbs, 1.5llbs, 2llb)
Chosen program number
Cooking time left
Fast Bake I or II
Dough (for pizza) yum!
Timer - No need to worry about over cooking as the timer will ensure it stops when the bread is ready. You can also set the bread to start at a time convenient to you, perhaps before you arrive home from work, so that its on its way to being ready on your arrival. This is an option, but I don't tend to leave anything on whilst away from the home. It's fine though if someones in the home.
Signal noise - This lets you know with a beep when its time to add nuts or fruit to your bread if you so wish!
H:HH - If this flashes up, it means the machine is too hot to add more ingredients so you must wait a while before making your next loaf!
Keep warm feature - Bread will be kept warm for an hour. I wouldn't leave it longer than this because it will start to go soggy!
Coolwall function - Whilst the inside is burning, the outside doesn't get hot.
**For Best results/be aware of...**
*Measure ingredients perfectly
*Adding a bit of powdered milk makes bread much lighter ( great tip from my mother in law)
*Add ingredients from top down so that the yeast is not in contact with the sugar and water
*Make sure you use cane sugar as other sugars don't work so well. Cane sugar is needed to activate yeast
*Ensure water to activate the yeast is not freezing cold otherwise it wont activate
**Taste and Smell**
Nothing beats the smell of home cooked fresh bread! Add to that melting butter on warm hot bread - nom nom! delicious!
Nice on the lips, but llbs on the hips!!
Nothing compares to the smell of baking bread, just like nothing compares to the taste of baked bread when it's still warm and the butter melts into it, Yum! My daughter who's unbelievably fussy even eats it lol.
This is my second Breadmaker, my first was starting to feel a little dated with all the latest models around. So one Sunday evening, laptop in had, I sat down to do a little online research. There were so many makes and models to choose from. After half an hour or so I had narrowed it down to just three, which had practically identical features and customer ratings. I then set out to find the best possible prices I could find on my chosen three, telling myself the best price would be the deciding factor on the one that I purchased. That's what I love about the internet, it opens up a world of window shopping for you dressed only in your pj's and slippers. :)
On eBay I came across the Morphy Richards 48281 Fast bake, being sold by Morphy Richards themselves for £20, the usual retail price was over £60. The reason stated for being sold so cheaply was "because it was a second". Well I've learnt over the years that seconds can cover a whole list of different reasons, from dents, scratches to damaged boxes. So after sending them a message to define what they meant by second, I was informed that the packaging was damaged. Big deal, who cares about the box? It will only end up in the bin. So I paid the buy it now price and awaited deliver.
48hrs later (amazing service on the part of Morphy Richards) I was unpacking my new Breadmaker. First impressions were "It looks very smart and trendy!" (My old one looked so old fashioned in comparison.) And it fitted in with all the other white kitchen appliances I have. I must admit it is a little larger than my previous one, but my work tops are reasonably deep to not make it look overbearing.
The exterior of the machine is in a sleek white, the digital controls area in black and are situated on the slopping front of the machine & the access lid (which is easy clean) on top.
The Control Area consists of the following:
The display window will show you:
1) Browning level selected
2) Weight selected
3) Programme Number chosen
4) Time left before the bread is finished baking
Control Buttons (situated below the display window) consist of:
1) Timer delay, plus and minus (two separate buttons) - these are used to set the delay of making the bread (except for the Fast bake for obvious reasons.)
2) The Start & Stop button (One button.)
3) Colour button (As in whether you want your crust light, medium or dark)
4) Menu button (For the selection of programme, explained in depth later.)
5) Loaf size
The machine has three loaf sizes 1lb, 1.5lb and 2lb and a choice of 12 different programmes. The bread pan itself is coated with non-stick and there is a detachable paddle (which has both good points and bad, I will explain why a little later on). You need to treat the pan with care, don't use any abrasive cleaning agents or scrub pads on it. To be honest I tend to only wash mine with just warm water and a sponge.
The programmes available to you are:
1) Basic white loaf. - Basic loaf would have been a better description for this setting, as it is also used for brown bread, and many other flavoured breads such as herb breads etc.
2) French. - This is used for baking as it suggests French breads, they tend to be a lot lighter in texture and the crust is usually lighter and crisper.
3) Wholewheat - Don't use timer delay on this programme because I have since learnt that on most bread machines Wholewheat has a longer pre-heat time to allow it to soak up more water. I tried a few times to put a timer delay on Wholeweat, the results were not good. Now I know why!
4) Quick - Used for quick baked loafs. I personally don't like this setting, the loaf is denser in texture and doesn't taste as good. But then I do tend to like softer breads. If you like denser breads along the line of some of the German breads, then you will probably use it!
5) Sweet - For sweet breads
6) Fast bake - Used for 1.5lb loafs
7) Fast bake II - Used for 2lb loafs
8) Dough - I use this all the time to make Pizza's and French sticks for salads. It's always a favourite, especially the pizza's. Once you've made your own you will never go back to buying shop pizza's again.
9) Jam - Self explanatory. Though I can't comment on this one, I've never used it in all my years of owning a bread maker. Would love to hear from those that have though!
10) Cake - Haven't used this either.
11) Sandwich - This is used to bake a really light textured bread with a softer and thicker crust to it.
12) Extra bake - Again haven't used this setting either. According to the instructions it's for increasing the baking time, useful for jam making.
After your bread has finished baking, there is a keep warm function that will circulate hot air for an hour afterwards. Though I like to take mine out pretty soon after it has finished baking, because I've noticed that if left in there for any period of time, it starts to dry it out slightly. Still each to ones own!
That's pretty much it on the functions and options available to you on the machine. In this next section I thought I'd share some points of view that I have, and some handy tips!
I mentioned earlier that I would go into a little more depth the good and bad points of the bread pan.
The good points are: It's a decent size, and the detachable paddle means that in the event that the paddle breaks (which believe it or not this does sometimes happen with wear!) It costs very little to replace as it's not integrated into the pan, it means you don't have to replace the whole thing.
The bad points are: Because the paddle isn't attached to the pan, every time you tip your bread out, you then have to dig the paddle out. This leaves a messy whole at the end of your loaf.
Over the years I've experimented with my bread machine to ensure I get the best loaf I possible can out of it. And these are the things that I have discovered.
1) If it's really hot weather, make sure you pull your machine out further onto the work top so that there is more air circulating the air vents. And run the tap just a little so that the water isn't to warm.
2) In winter the water that comes out your cold tap is icy cold. Which is way to cold to activate the yeast. Boil a kettle and add just a little hot water to the measure, this will ensure your bread rises to it's fullest.
3) Measure accurately. I can't tell you how important this is.
4) Always add some powdered milk to you ingredients. I know now a days they have added it to most bread machine recipes, but on a lot of them it is still an option. It does make a difference, it makes your bread lighter and softer.
5) Don't worry about using bread improver. In all honesty I have probably tried just about every recipe out there over the years, and on most of them I have tried it both with and with out bread improver, and to be honest haven't noticed any difference.
6) Don't be afraid to experiment! All recipes can be adapted, try adding different toppings and items to the bread. For example through experimenting I discovered a great recipe for mozzarella and salami bread. My daughter loves it! Also a few minutes before your bread has finished backing, open the lid brush on either some milk, a small amount of oil or egg and add a topping of your choice i.e poppy seeds etc.
7) When adding your ingredients, always.. always start from the top down. This is done so that the yeast doesn't come into contact with the activating ingredients which are the sugar and water.
8) Once a month take the end off your vacuum and Hoover the inside of your machine. Flour will build up down there due to the mixing process.
9) If you have some yeast and you aren't sure if it's live, (sometimes you can get a dodgy batch) because your bread hasn't been rising so well. You can test it by adding about half a cup of warm water to a bowl, then stir in a teaspoon of sugar and finally sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of the yeast onto the surface of the water. If you have an oven with a pilot light place it in there, if not place the bowl somewhere else that is warm. And leave it there for ten or fifteen minutes. If the yeast is live, it should foam and produce a strong yeast aroma. If not, you know it's dead.
10) Don't bother using anything other than cane sugar. It's required to activate the yeast, there are so many looks like sugar, taste likes sugar, but isn't really sugar out there, but these will not, I repeat not work.
11) During the second cycle of kneading you will hear some beeps, this is when you can add other ingredients such as fruit, nuts, finely chopped cooked meats, cheese etc. As prior stated, experiment. You will soon learn what you can't and can't do with your bread maker.
12) You can only use fast acting dried yeast in your machine, these are sold in small boxes and the yeast is foil packaged. They will usually be marked in super markets as "for use in bread machines". Don't use fresh yeast, this is fine for hand made bread but no good for bread machines.
Well that's about it. I hope you have enjoyed my review and that it is useful to you in deciding if the Morphy Richards 48281 Fastbake Breadmaker is for you. I'm really please with my machine, and as yet haven't come across any cons. And I've been using it for a while now, so that's a good sign. Happy baking!
This breadmaker by Morphy Richards is very good. It has functions for bread crust colour, light and dark, it also has a control for different sizes of loaf. I have been using mine now for several months and only had an initial problem when the loaf didnt rise properly. I found out afterwards that the flour I used was stale so it wasnt the fault of the machine it was mine. There is only one drawback with this breadmaker and that is the bread only lasts for one day and needs to be eaten quickly as it goes stale very quickly.
I have also tried using this breadmaker to make cakes which turned out quite well although they took slightly longer to cook than by a conventional method but nonetheless they were very nice.
Care should be taken when siting this machine as it does give out quite a lot of heat, remember not to put it directly under a cupboard on a work surface.
I bought this bread maker on eBay about a year ago. It was still in the shops for about £50 but I ended up getting a brand new one for £12 on eBay - the only problem was a crack across the front of the machine, but this doesn't effect it at all so I saved a lot of money.
There is so much choice on this breadmaker, you can decide what kind of bread you want to make, how big you want the loaf to be, how dark you want the crust, etc.
To make the bread you need flour, water, oil, sugar, salt and yeast. Then anything else you may want to put in to change the taste or make flavoured bread. You can even set it up at night and program the machine to make the bread ready for when you wake up.
The bread is really nice and soft and comes out great everytime. It doesn't look like shop bought bread as that bread is long and this is tall, it tastes even better though especially when it is still warm.
When you make it your whole house fills with the smell of fresh bread when it is cooking. It smells lovely and is really nice - especially first thing in a morning. I can see why people buy these when they are trying to sell their house!
It takes anywhere up to 3 hours to make the bread - this changes depending on what kind of bread you are making, how big it is and things like that. You do need to plan to make the bread to get it ready when you want it, but I usually put it on the night before, then you can have it ready for whenever you want it.
I am very happy with the breadmaker, because I got it so cheap it has paid for itself already. If you bought it full price then it may take a bit longer but you save at least 50p for each loaf you make instead of buying (unless you buy value bread!). But it tastes a lot nicer than shop bread so it is worth it for the taste.
This breadmaker can be purchased for a mere £52.95, so you can make back the money that you would have spent on buying bread relatively quickly compared to something like a Panasonic, which costs nearer £200. This is assuming however that you do not usually buy the cheapest bread in the shops, with a home made loaf coming in at around 40p once you have taken into account the flour, yeast, egg, milk powder, and the electricty to power the machine.
I think home made bread is much nicer than bought though, and the advantage of having a bread maker is that it fills the house with the smell of freshly made bread. You can also be very creative with what you make, adding whatever seeds, types of flour, or any extras that take your fancy. The machine comes with a recipe book that will give you lots of ideas.
The product has lots of different settings, and will allow you to make things like rolls and croissants, but these tend to require much more work than the standard loaf, which literally just requires you to chuck all of the ingredients in and wait until it's ready. You can do a four hour loaf, or a quick two hour loaf. The four hour loaf does tend to give better results, but it is handy to have the shorter option. One great feature is that you can set the machine on a timer, so that you can put it on the night before and it will be ready just in time for breakfast.
I would issue a word of caution though, the results are not always perfect. For reasons unbeknown loaves will sometimes fail to rise properly, or in the case of my boyfriend's gluten free bread, just be a complete disaster. The paddle also gets stuck in the loaf, and is quite difficult to clean. My parents have a Panasonic, and whilst they are much dearer, they are definitely more reliable and produce consistently perfect loaves. In future I think I would choose to invest in a more quality product, I think in the long run it is worth it.
I've always been a big fan of bread whether it's for making toast or for a sandwich, however I have to admit that I've always loved the smell of fresh baked bread when you walk past a bakers in the morning or a supermarket. So earlier this year we thought we buy one of these breadmakers to try it out and see what is was like and how easy it was to make bread. There are so many times with the bread in our house that we don't finish it all and it goes mouldy so there is a lot of waste in addition.
I have to admit after having used it a few times I love it. It's not that cheap however and we got it for about £50, so it's really a luxury item. The product itself is made by Morphy Richards and I've owned a number of electrical items by this manufacturer before and they have always been high quality.
There are six buttons that feature on this white machine. There are up and down buttons to adjust the time, a menu button, start and stop buttons, loaf size and colour button. In addition the machine has a timer function which means you don't have to worry about it over cooking or something like that and can leave it knowing it will stop when it's done.
One of the things I like about this product is that is not particularly noisy when you turn it on so is not annoying at all. There is also a function that beeps when you need to add more ingredients to the mixture as well as when the bread is made. You can decide whether you make a light, medium or dark coloured loaf.
It's easy enough to use this bread maker and the instruction book that comes with it is basic enough and easy to understand. I would recommend this to anyone as it's a great little device that makes some great tasting bread and the amount of options you can choose from mean you can realy make some variations of bread too.
After throwing away ANOTHER loaf of bread that was half eaten my partner had the brainwave of buying a bread maker so we could bake what we need when we need it.
We chose the Morphy Richards 48281 mainly due to the price but the reviews for it also seemed very positive and i can see why.
The instructions are very simple and even include a recipe guide for various types of bread. We baked our first loaf with no problems and it tasted great. There is nothing better than a nice cheese sarnie on home made bread let me tell you!
The bread also bakes fast with the "fastbake" setting however a few loafs turned out to be duff so we always stuck to the slower settings but trust me, its worth the wait.
I did throw out the little mixer blade in a duff loaf out of my own stupidity! but these can be picked up from ebay for a few quid so not a problem.
For anyone who hasn't tried using a bread maker, the Morphy Richards 48281 is a fantastic little machine that will introduce the pleasure of home made bread to you.
I bought this bread maker as a bit of an experiment, I have never owned one before but guessed it couldn't be too hard to make some lovely fresh bread - as let's face it, it always tastes better fresh.
Now I didn't know too much about bread makers, but I thought getting one for under £50 was going to be a budget option and accepted that my venture may fail as a result of poor quality hardware, however I chanced my arm as my other Morphy Richards appliances are all quite reliable.
Now first thing I noticed is how many options there are - there are loads - I think 12. You can cook different sized loafs in all different styles, even choosing out of three colourations from light to medium and dark. There are options for quick cooking bread, which is handy if you are making the bread on a tight schedule. You can even get the maker to tell you when to add fruit, nuts and any other ingredients you can think of when baking your own loaf. You get a few recipes with the maker too, so you know-nothings like I was can get a helping hand
One thing I should point out is to make sure you leave yourself plenty of time if you need to make more than one loaf as if the machine hasn't cooled inbetween batches you end up with a far less pleasant bread.
Overall this is top notch for the amateur bread maker.
Most of my gadgets are things I have received as presents from my hubby and this beauty is something my husband bought during Christmas sales and it was only £50 at Argos!
Waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread is one of the many joys in my life now!!
This Morphy Richards Breadmaker is fully worth the money paid for it and is very very simple to use.
The best thing about it is the ability to set the timer so that you could add all the ingredients before you go to sleep, and the bread will be freshly made in the morning. Another feature is the ability to make jams and marmalade in this breadmaker. And they have always come out beautifully!
Although the breadmaker is quite big and bulky, the ability to make so many types of breads and jams and to mix doughs makes it worth it. This item is also easy to clean and wash.
But beware you need to be careful not to scrape the blade or the tin inside. The blade in my breadmaker is actually scraped a little bit but it still works perfectly fine.
Also, sometimes you might need to mix up the ingredients before it starts as the flour might get stuck onto the tin and not get mixed in with the rest of the ingredients.
But overall, a great great buy and so very easy to use.
Hi, I managed to get win this in an auction on ebay, so it was a used item, I have found it extreamly usefull, although I had a belling breadmaker for 13years and it finally died last year, i decided to chance my arm on ebay for a little used one, trying to save on cost. As we all have kitchen gadgets that we buy use them a handfull of times, then shove them to the back of the cupboard, never to see the light of day again, anyway, I got this model, it is very userfriendly as I didn't get the manual with it, I had to work it out for myself, I went on the webb site got the manual downloaded free of charge, and used the guide for each loaf, they all worked out fine, found the keep warm facility usefull, but as someone else said you have to let the oven cool down before reusing, I dare say that it needs to be a certain temp. for the next batch. so thats the only downside I have.
This is was my first bread maker I have bought and I find it fantastic. I found it very easy to use and made sure I read the instructions before I used it. I never knew of all the different types of bread you could make just by using a machine. It gives you the recipe in the instructions to different types of bread that can be made. You simply pour in the correct weight of ingredients and you can have it set up to be ready for the morning or within an hour you have your dough ready. You can make bread, rolls, bagels, croissants or pizza bases. You can also adjust how well you want it cooked from lightly brown to burnt. The bread maker makes everything so soft and has made me not be able to buy supermarket bread or rolls as it doesnt taste nearly as good.
I bought this as my first breadmaker and would not be without it.
Although it is very big, bulky and quite heavy the number of features and things you can make it in means it can be forgiven.
The machine has only 6 buttons on these being
Up and down time buttons
The machine has a timer function on it which allows you to put the ingredients in before you go to bed and it will start making the bread at the necessary time. For example if you want the bread in 13 hours then it will start making it after approx 10 hours (dependant on which loaf size, colour etc) you want.
The machine is not noisy when in use and there is a beeping function on it which alerts you when you should add extra ingredients if you wish i.e. fruit if you are making fruit bread. The machine will also beep once the bread has been made although I do feel the number of beeps is a bit excessive (10). The machine will keep the bread warm for an hour after which time if it has not been taken out of the machine it will start to go soggy.
The colour button allows you to choose where you want to have a light, medium or dark loaf.
The loaf size button defaults to crusty so if you do not want crusty bread you just have to press the button until the correct loaf size is selected. The machine will make 1lb and 1.5lb loaves.
The instruction book that comes with it is very basic and explains how long each of the settings will take to cook. The settings available on the machine are:
Basic white - white/brown bread or flavoured breads
French-light weight breat with crisp crust
Wholewheat- pre-heat stage is long -this allows the grain to soak up the water and expand
Quick-bread that is smaller in size and dense in texture
Sweet-sweet type bread with a crisper crust
Dough-enables you to make rolls, pizza bases
Sandwich-light textured bread with a softer and thicker crust
Extra bake-increases baking time on some settings e.g. jam
There is a feature on there that will flash up the letters H:HH saying the machine is too hot to put the next lot of ingredients in so if you do want to make a few loaves straight after each other it can be frustrating having to wait until the machine has cooled down before you start again.
The instruction book has lots of recipes in there and gives measurements for both 1lb and 1.5lb loaves.
There is a removable paddle in the middle of the baking pan so it can be cleaned properly although it cannot be put in the dishwasher although this can sometimes come out in the bottom of the loaf so you may have pieces of bread with piece missing out of the bottom where you have removed the paddle.
The machine does not get hot on the outside so it can be stored straight away obviously without the baking pan which is being washed!
There are also two measuring spoons in there and a cup. As the measurements are in cups if you happen to misplace the cup it is 8oz that should be used.
There is a section in the instruction manual explaining about the ingredients that are used in the receipes and what you should avoid to get the best results e.g. sugar should not be replaced with artificial sweeteners as the yeast will not react properly,the different flour types which I have found very useful as I have IBS so I tend to steer away from white bread flour due to the amount of gluten in there.
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