Product Type: Morphy Richards bread makers
Newest Review: ... 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 ea... more
A bit more versatile than you'd think
Morphy Richards 48281 Fastbake Breadmaker
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Morphy Richards 48281 Fastbake Breadmaker
Advantages: Good quality, easy to use and gives more versatility than simply making a loaf of bread
Disadvantages: If you aren't careful when buying ingredients it can be expensive to use
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.
Summary: Excellent bread maker and roll make and jam maker......
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