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My boyfriend won my Moulinex Bread Maker in a raffle and bizarrely kept it tucked away in his room for 5 years until he met me and got to know quite how much I love bread. He gave it to me as a present and it has proved to be one of the most useful things I've been given.
The Moulinex Bread Maker ABKEP1 has 11 baking programs including rapid settings, cake settings, dough only settings and even a jam setting. It comes with a recipe book and guide to getting the best out of the bread maker. The bread maker has an excellent timer which makes the product much more versatile.
I tried and tried to like the bread that came out of the fully baked programs such as the rapid wholemeal and basic white breads. I found that the resulting bread tasted slightly chemical and the texture wasn't anywhere near as good as oven baked bread. I also found it frustrating that there is a hole in the bottom of the bread from the paddle (as with many bread maker models) so it was not easy to get full slices out of the finished bread.7
I have since used setting 7 (dough) and setting 8 (pizza dough) exclusively. These do all the mixing and kneading for you and take care of the first rise. Then all you have to do is shape the loaf/rolls/ pizza bases and leave to prove before finishing off in the oven. For me, this is the best of both worlds as the bread maker takes out all the hard work and mess from bread making, but finishing in the oven makes for a more authentic texture and taste.
I have used the jam setting and find it particularly useful when I don't have quite enough fruit to merit using my large maslin jam pan. The bread maker will only make a jar of jam and you must be careful not to overload it. The resulting jam is a delicious French set. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the pan is to clean after using the jam setting. Just soak it in hot water for a while and any jam stuck at the bottom will come off.
Cleaning and maintenance:
The bread maker is extremely easy to clean and maintain. The bread pan pops out of the product easily. Only the pan and paddle need to be cleaned which takes a minute or so. Otherwise, you can simply give the lid a wipe. Much easier than cleaning out a sticky mixing bowl and floury surface.
I haven't had too much luck with the recipes included in the book and have tended to use recipes from BBC Good Food instead. This may just be personal preference as most people will need to experiment with recipes until they find breads they like.
The recipe book does provide a useful basic guide to those who are new to bread makers and I would recommend reading in full before first use.
I use my bread maker 2-3 times a week for bread rolls, pizza bases, naan breads, etc. I have found that it copes with most recipes very well on the dough only setting. The timer is essential as it means the product can be on when I'm out of the house. I can put the timer on so the bread maker comes on for fresh bread in the morning.
To be truly versatile, the fully baked programs would need to be more successful. I think a horizontal pan rather than vertical would make a better shape of loaf with better sized slices so I would look for a horizontal pan if I had to replace this product.
Overall, I am delighted with this bread maker as it takes out all the hard work of kneading for me and I love using for jam. If I'd paid for it, I would be frustrated that the fully baked settings aren't better. If you want a fully baked loaf, I would recommend another brand like Panasonic or a model with a horizontal pan.
It get's 2 stars as although it work for me, a bread maker should be for baking bread as well as kneading it.
I got a Moulinex Breadmaker in Carrefour in Muscat today and I made m two hour drive home and ran to my kitchen to make my first loaf. I did as the book said and made the first timers loaf. We waited for just over three hours and the results were delicious. It was prefect. I noticed the previous poster added a sachet of yeast, maybe too much, the book says a 1.5tsp.I will be setting the machine to bake while we sleep, waking up to hoy bread is a home comfort we miss. I must say that the smell of the bread was so good when I walked to the kitchen, so much so, I could not wait for the loaf to cool down before eating. Covered in butter......yummyBig thumbs up from Muscat Oman.
I was very excited when I got this breadmaker. The first loaf was not too bad - I decided I needed to be more careful about measuring the quantities of ingredients. I then tried making a cake - it was okay but had a slightly funny taste. It was downhill all the way from there. I ended up with loaves that were not risen and were soggy inside and heavy. Eventually I gave up. The instructions for this machine are appalling - if Moulinex cannot be bothered to write clear instructions then I am no longer prepared to try using this machine - I have now given up and bought a Morphy Richards - what joy, clear instructions and lovely bread and cakes with no strange smell or taste. Moulinex - your machine is as poor as the bread that it made - and the instructions stink.
I had beent thinking about getting a breadmaker for some time, after visiting my friends house and sampling some of her home made efforts. I have four children who eat lots of bread in lunchboxes and things, so it seemed like the ideal: fresh tasty bread at a low cost (plus a bit of a feel good factor for me, knowing I have made it myself) Now, to be honest, I'm a pretty apalling cook. I mean seriously bad - my husband delights in the fact that I did actually manage to burn boiled eggs, I'm really that bad. My other viewpoint when looking for a breadmaker was the fact that I'm not brill with technology either, so anything remotely complicated was out of the question too. So, off we went to Argos. I originally chose a Morphy Richards model, only to be told it was out of stock. The girl at the checkout suggested a Moulinex one, which was more or less the same machine, specification and price wise. Well, I got the machine home, tentatively unpacked it, read through the instructions, (Once I'd managed to find the English version....it's a French made machine), had a read of the recipe book, which is included, and off I went. You have to put the ingredients in the machine in a specific order, mainly liquids first, yeast last. The machine looks a bit like a deep fat fryer, but with a baking tin inside, and a little mixing tool in the bottom. I popped all my ingredients in (basic white bread), and off it went, pretty easy to program, too, thankfully. Two hours later, after a beep, my bread was ready. I got it out of the tin, and the kitchen smelled wonderful. The bread was actually okay....a bit flat perhaps, but certainly edible ( my kids loved it). Since then I have used my machine at least twice a week, making cakes in it as well as bread. The results have been varied, mainly good, but like anything, you need a bit of practise. I would also say have a look around f
or different recipes, not just follow the ones in the book that comes with it, which can be a bit boring and sometimes don't come out too well. There are dozens of brilliant recipes on the internet....just go to a search engine and type in 'Breadmaker Recipes'. I love my breadmachine, the loaves might not be huge in size, but they make up for it in taste and freshness, and there is something hugely satisfying about making your own bread, too. I'd definately recommend buying one, having a bit of an experiment....the results are delicious!
I absolutely love new baked bread so with the glowing reports I have read I persuaded my husband our lives just wouldn’t be complete without one. It just so happened Safeway had one on special offer it was a Moulinex costing £39.99. So it duly went into the trolley along with the special flour and yeast necessary to make the perfect loaf. It was very well packed but we eventually prised it free of its polystyrene and cardboard and washed the bowl and accessories as per instructions. Accessories include Bowl Mixer Graduated Beaker Double measuring spoon. Then the tank of the machine was cleaned with a damp sponge. The machine itself was very neat in white with a panel on the top to watch the breadmaking in process. It sat very easily on the work surface, which was important, as I intended to use it a lot. The buttons were small and were easy to use and the handy product guide on the first page of the manual made it very easy to understand. Time for a trial run. I removed the bowl and fitted the mixer in place. Now time to add the ingredients in the order given in the recipe.This is very important as the water should not come in contact with the yeast before baking. So in went 210 mls of water 350g white flour 1.5 teaspoons of salt 1 sachet of dried baker’s yeast (dehydrated) Now put the bowl back into the tank locking it in place to engage it onto the drive then close the lid. Select a Programme for the recipe you have chosen. The loaf we chose could be cooked in either 3hours 40 minutes at setting 3 or at setting 5 in only 58 minutes. So being impatient by nature guess which one I chose. Yes right option 2. The machine started we peered like children in amazement as the dough was formed it reminded me of my first automatic washing machine when we watched it go through its paces in admiration I really should get out more. While it was cooking I sat down to read the recipes I could try not only did it make bread also cakes, muffin and pizza dough Jam and compotes. How had I ever lived without this wonderful machine? Before I knew it the pinger had gone time to reveal my masterpiece. AAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Sitting or should I say stuck to the bottom was a ball of dough not risen just cooked when we eventually managed to separate it from the tin it was a disgusting lump. I should be reported to the RSPB for nearly killing a seagull as I lobbed it onto the garage roof. What had gone wrong? It was obvious it had not proved so I reckon it must have missed a cycle. Not too downhearted the next day it was back to the drawing board this time with my neighbour for backup and she checked every step of the process. We opted this time for the 3 hours 40 minutes cycle. After what seems like an eternity (no wonder people set the timer facility to cook the bread while they sleep) the pinger went off again. First impressions. It wasn’t very big but did come out easier than the last one. In the underside was a metal circle this was the mixer blade imbedded in the loaf. It was very hard on the outside as I cut a slice to revel the metal mixer which fell out leaving a hole 2 inches long by 1 inch deep at the bottom. The Taste Test I was absolutely disgusting, totally inedible and a yellowish colour, it was such a disappointment. Nowhere in the instruction book is there a trouble shooting section and the website at www.moulinex.com at least had a contact phone number and e-mail address. I can only assume this item is faulty and is being returned first thing in the morning. To sum up it has put me off ever trying a breadmaker again if I want some nice crusty bread I will buy a bloomer from Safeway. That way I am guaranteed beautiful bread every time and so much cheaper
than the expense of ingredients and electricity. Sorry everyone who has one its a big thumbs down from me. PS While I have been waiting on this being added as a new product I was rushed into hospital NOT as a result of the bread I hasten to add but it left my husband to return it and I am glad to say he got a full refund.