Product Type: Panasonic bread makers
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Mmmm nothing can beat the smell and taste of homemade bread
Member Name: butterly
Date: 01/10/11, updated on 01/10/11 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Makes bread and cakes, and has a gluten free function
Disadvantages: It's very heavy so try and keep it out in the kitchen
I bought this breadmaker a couple of years ago, I read online reviews and decided to buy this one, several members of my family, including me and the baby, cannot eat wheat/gluten. So having a breadmaker with a specific function for gluten free bread was a necessity, I don't think any others have this facility.
I buy Dove's Farm Gluten free breadmix which is about £1.50 and can do two loaves a packet, this is the nicest gluten free bread I have eaten. I use this breadmaker twice a week to make gluten free bread and have never had a dud loaf, unless I use the prescription bread mix which I have not managed to get a decent loaf with.
I keep my breadmaker out in the kitchen all the time, I have a small kitchen so it's on top of the tumble drier! If you had to put it away after using it I think that would be so tiresome you wouldn't use it very much, so, if you are going to buy this breadmaker - make sure it has a space in your kitchen without going into a cupboard, it's a heavy piece of kit.
I paid almost £100 for my breadmaker but I do consider it a good buy, the Panasonic range of bread makers is very popular and online there are bargains to be had. Of course, it doesn't just do gluten free bread, it has a wide range of breads and cakes to make, also you can use it to make dough for pizzas, doughnuts, lardy bread and french sticks to name a few, you make up the dough in the breadmaker and then take it out and use as required and cook in the oven. It also has a cake and teabread programme, where you mix the ingredients first and then line the baking tin with greaseproof paper and bake in the breadmaker. It also has a raisin dispenser that I haven't used, it means if you want to you can put the raisins in the dispenser, choose the right programme for this and the dispenser will open and drop the raisins in after a certain amount of time.
You can also make lots of different kinds of loaves, including malted brown and maple and pecan nut, what could be more enjoyable than eating a slice of bread or cake which is still warm from the breadmaker, and you made it yourself! You can also set the timer to start working in the early hours of the morning and wake up to the smell of fresh home baked bread. Another good thing is that the paddle in the tin doesn't come out with the bread, it stays in the pan and you don't have the task of trying to get the paddle out of the middle of the bread and ruining it ( I had this problem with my last breadmaker).
It's one of those things every kitchen should have, I've forgotten to say that once you have bought this breadmaker you will be able to make really tasty, healthy and cheap bread, using the Panasonic to make "normal" bread is incredibley cheap, and you can shop around for strong bread flour, it is sold at most supermarkets and a bag is considerably less than the plasticy, unhealthy loaf you may usually buy. I'm talking about strong bread flour for 59p, which would make several loaves of bread, but you do need to use yeast!
Homemade bread and cakes of any kind is always nicer (and probably healthier) than buying expensive supermarket bread. It's one big disadvantage is that you have to wait for the loaf to cool before you start to cut it or it won't slice evenly, I use an electric bread knife to cut my bread tidily, and then freeze it and take out slices as required.
Summary: A good all round breadmaker
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