Product Type: Morphy Richards bread makers
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Morphy Richards 48322
Member Name: mjc121
Morphy Richards 48322
Advantages: makes good bread, versitile
This machine cost me £36.99 form the co-op electrical the RRP is £79.99
What is in the box?
Not surprisingly it's a bread maker. Now despite being lager than my old one it is lighter and has more programmes on it to make different types of bread. Also included are two measuring cups and a set of measuring spoons. The two measuring cups are provided so you can measure the water/milk in one and the flour in the other.
The guarantee cards and instruction booklet are also included. The instruction book does have the usual trouble shooting tips as well as a good number of bread recipes as well. From these I have produced mainly the 50% granary loaf and regular wholemeal bread. As I don't eat white bread I have not tried to make this but I would assume the results would be then same. I have tried the soda bread recipe and just using it to make the dough for bread rolls.
Setting it up and using it
The machine makes mainly 1.5 and 2 lb loves, however, with some settings it will make a smaller 1 lb loaf.
Before you make your first loaf you have to brush the inside of the bread pan with a little oil and put it into the bread maker and then set it on the 'extra bake' mode for about 10 minutes. After washing the pan out and drying it and attaching the mixing arm you are ready to make bread.
Using the recipes provided makes using this machine is very easy as long as you put the ingredients into the bread pan in the right order. As with all bread machines you need to use dried yeast and the fast action sort is the best. When all the ingredients are in the pan simply put the pan into the bread maker then it's all in the programming of the machine.
This machine has 13 different settings for making all kinds of bread from a basic white bread to gluten free as well as sugar and salt free recipes. There is also a 'jam' setting for making jam in the machine. However, although nothing compares to homemade jam (if done properly) I don't have the time or patience to prepare the fruit etc so I haven't used this setting. The recipe book does advise which setting to use to give the best results for each recipe and this is what you should stick to. Then you can set the 'crust setting' from 'very light' to 'very dark'. I tend to stick to the 'medium' setting on this as it gives a good colour but it could be that bit crisper. There is also a setting to use if you are making a so called 'speciality breads' such as malt loaf and soda bread. Although the soda bread result was good with the machine it is the one bread I regularly make that I still prefer to do by hand.
So far I have tended to make the 2 lb loaves and they last about 2 days before they are eaten. As long as they are properly stored they should last a few days without drying out. For recipes I have used mainly the recipes in the booklet provided. The results for the 50% granary loaf is a soft bread with a slightly sweet crust and a slightly nutty flavour to the bread. The reason for making it with 50% granary and 50% white is that it tends to rise that bit better than it would have if I had used only granary flour. I have tried it with 75% granary and although the taste was better the bread wasn't as soft and did not rise as well. The wholemeal recipe also works well and again gives a good soft bread although not raised as well as white bread would do. This is actually normal as wholemeal and granary flours are heavier and don't rise as well.
I do tend to use milk in place of water as this gives a better flavour and texture to the bread. However, this has to be skimmed milk so as little as possible extra fat is added. As I don't use milk for anything else I tend to keep a packet of dried milk in my cupboard for this and mix it up on the day.
The time it takes to produce the loaf varies depending on the setting and the size of the loaf you want to make. The 50/50 granary one takes over three and a half hours including the one hour bake time. This length of time is so the heavier grains of flour can soak up the moisture better to give a better result. A 2 lb white loaf will take three hours (according to the booklet). There are some 'fast bake' cycles which work quicker and produce a loaf in a little over an hour but the result is a heavier textured bread. However the fast bake can only be used successfully when making white bread.
I have also used it on the dough setting when I have wanted to make some bread rolls. Here the machine will mix it all for you but it won't bake it. When it is ready it will beep to let you know to take the dough out and shape it and to allow it its second rise. Now this requires you to be fairly close by to hear the beep. Either that or set a separate timer to the time on the in built clock and keep it with you. The problem here is that the baking of the rolls is down to your skill as a baker and your oven. They should take about 15-20 minutes in the oven. I take them out at about 15 minutes in and, whilst holding one with a clean tea towel tap the bottom of one of it. If it sounds hollow then they are cooked.
There is also a timer delay function so you can set it to start to make the bread at say 2:30 in the morning so it is ready for you when you get up. There are some programmes where this is not advised and you shouldn't use it if you are using milk in place of water. The timer delay is also not very successful for wholemeal and granary breads (I learnt this from my old bread maker).
The digital display goes onto a dim setting after a few seconds in order to save some power but to be honest unless you leave it plugged in permanently the amount this will save is negligible.
After the bread has been baked the machine goes to a 'keep warm' setting for an hour but the sooner you take it out and get it onto a wire rack to cool the better as this prevents condensation from getting into the bread making it go soggy.
The bread pan and the mixing arm have to be washed by hand as a dishwasher would damage the non-stick coating on it. The non-stick appears to be quite thick and it is easy to wash. Just make sure that you are not using anything rough which could damage the coating. The outside of the machine is easily wiped down with a damp cloth and you should not use any cleaning product on it.
The lid of the machine also lifts off to make it easier to clean the glass panel in it. This is easy to do and also, more importantly, easy to put back on as well.
Removing the mixing arm from the bread after you have taken the loaf out of the pan. Not only, being metal, is it very hot but also the bread cooks around it enclosing it. The best thing to use to remove it are some plastic tongs as this avoids scratching it.
The machine its self is also quite large hence if you are short of storage space in your kitchen then a smaller model may be better for you. Despite its size it is fairly light so can be take out of and put back into a cupboard fairly easily although carrying handles would make this easier.
When mixing the dough it does appear that the dough has all moved over to one side of the pan. When I first used it when it got to the first rise cycle I opened the lid and with a plastic spatula evened this out. The second time I used it I did not do this and there was no difference in the quality of the bread produced. I do feel that a larger mixing arm would possibly prevent this.
Naturally after the bread is cooked the bread pan which is metal is hot, so using the handle to remove it, the only problem being that the handle is also made of metal and gets very hot. Also with a tea towel or regular oven gloves the handle isn't all that easy to lift up. I do have some of those heat resistant proper gloves (if that makes any sense) so I use those to lift it out. The handle is also quite thin and twisting the bred pan to unlock it isn't the easiest thing to do with hot metal so those with arthritis may struggle with this.
Depth - 29 cm
Width - 37.5 cm
Height - 33 cm
Power - 600 w
Please note height is when the lid is closed. Open lid adds an extra 30 cm to the height.
The machine is well made and comes with a two year guarantee as long as you register it online within 28 days of purchase. If not it goes back to a one year guarantee.
The range of settings it gives a lot of versatility to making bread. Despite a couple of design flaws (the handle on the pan and the mixing arm being too thin) the machine is a good one and it is well worth what I spent on it.
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