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Morphy Richards Cooltouch Breadmaker 48286
Member Name: mumto3
Morphy Richards Cooltouch Breadmaker 48286
Date: 14/10/11, updated on 17/10/11 (153 review reads)
Advantages: The smell - makes you feel domesticated
Disadvantages: varying quality - very salty flavour - blade gets stuck - beeping
When we got married eight years ago bread makers were all the rage so we duly put one on our wedding list. A friend of our kindly bought us the Morphy Richards cool touch bread maker priced at £49.99 from Argos.
We were so excited to have a bread maker and had vision of waking to the smell of fresh baked bread and tucking into wedges of warm homemade bread covered in thick homemade jam.
The bread maker is quite large and takes up a bit of room on the side or in the cupboard. At first I kept ours out on the side as it was getting regular use but as we stopped making the bread it has now been relegated to the cupboard.
The bread maker came in a nice big box that also included the cup and spoon you need for measuring and the instruction and recipe booklet.
The recipe booklet included all sorts of recipes from a basic white loaf to Italian loaves, banana bread, French bread, cakes and buns and even malt loaf and jams.
To make a basic white loaf you need:
Skimmed milk powder
Strong white softgrain flour
Fast action dried yeast
Some of these ingredients can be expensive especially if you aren't going to make bread regularly enough to use them up.
To make your bread you use the baking pan provided with the kneading blade in place and put the ingredients into the pan in the correct order making sure that the water and oil do not mix with the fast action yeast. Then you place the pan into the bread maker and make sure you twist it to ensure it is secure. Then you select the correct programme from the many available and press the start button. Then hey presto approximately three hours later you have a cooked loaf of bread. It is recommended that you leave the bread to cool on a wire rack for about thirty minutes before eating.
Initial we did use the bread maker quite a bit and for a while I was setting the bread maker up every night using the timer and waking to that lovely smell and having fresh bread for our breakfast. Unfortunately I was also pregnant and the bread gave me dreadful indigestion and heartburn and so I went off it pretty quickly.
The best thing about the bread maker is that it smells lovely and it makes you feel all domesticated making your own bread.
Unfortunately I have a bit of a list of the things that I don't like about the bread maker. Firstly the cost of ingredients is off putting but if you make enough loaves you would probably break even. Secondly the texture of the bread varies greatly and sometimes you get a nice loaf with a decent crust and a firm but light texture other times it is like trying to chew your way through a house brick. I have found that the brown bread seems to come out lighter and so I tended to make this variety most often. The only other thing I would mention is that the bread does taste very salty. I adjust the recipe to include less salt but I think this does affect the quality of the loaf that you get. Actually I will just mention one last thing and that is the kneading blade does tend to get stuck in the bottom of the loaf. This is standard with all bread makers I think but because of the blade your loaf will have a big hole in the bottom. Oh and one last thing it beeps a lot. Whenever it moves onto the next stage of the process it gives little beeps so you know what it is doing and then when it has finished. During the day this isn't a problem but if you set the timer and have it making bread during the night then it can wake you or more annoyingly the children.
I have never tried to make jams and I like to make my cakes by hand with a bowl and a spoon so I have never tried any of these recipes. I did try to make the malt loaf but it didn't turn out very well. I was expecting it to be like a nice sticky loaf of soreen but it was very dry and just like a fruit cake.
I'm not sure if this model is still available but Morphy Richards do have a similar model in Argos at the moment for £44.99. Bread makers can be very expensive but I think if you buy a middle of the range one it will do everything you need it to.
As I said our bread maker is now sitting sadly at the back of the cupboard. I have four children now and they don't like the bread very much and to be honest I have too much else to think about without remember to set the bread maker up before I go to bed. So much for home made Jam on a warm loaf!
A bit of a fad I think.
Summary: Another gadget to clutter up the cupboard
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