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We seemed to be constantly buying bread from the shop which seemed to be getting increasingly expensive and having more 'flour additives' in. It was tasting less like proper bread, so I wanted to do something about it and try making my own.
After alot of research we found that Panasonic is THE brand to go for, and this has been proved correct. 3 years later it's still producing great bread reliably. The cost per loaf is under 80p so I think we save £1 on every loaf - probably more if you bought similar quality bread from a baker. I would recommend this without hesitation - even if you don't go for this model, I would say Panasonic is the only brand to consider - well made, reliable and long lasting. We make at least 4 loaves every week for our family, so it's had some good use over time. Instructions are easy to follow, with easy measuring cups included. Also instructions to make other types of bread so you can vary what you make and try other styles.
I actually bought my bread maker from a charity shop that was closing down. I used to have a bread maker years ago and although it wasn't used all the time, I suddenly missed having one. Due to this one being the amazing price of £5, and being intact with instruction manual, recipe book, measuring cup and both paddles, I thought why not!!
I got the bread maker home and set about reading the manual, after lifting the lid, there was a rectangle metal baking tin that fitted into the base. There is a filament running round the outside of the tin which is what heats up to bake the bread. Inside the tin are two little poles, the petal paddles fit onto those and after making sure everything fit nicely, I immediately went shopping for bread making kits and wasn't disappointed. I bought a normal white bread mix, granary bred mix, banana bread mix, ginger cake mix and a sundried tomato mix. The packet mixes are a godsend because you tip them into the main tin, add the desired amount of water, close the lid and that is pretty much done. You can change what colour you would like the bread to come out by using the panel and display on top, and once all your options have been answered. The bleeping goes off and it starts to mix and make your bread. I have had no problems with making bread from any of the packet mixes. I will say that the Sundried tomato bread is defiantly my favourite, it tastes so good.
I have tried to make bread using ingredients that I have measured myself and have failed each time. Using the measurements given in the recipe book enclosed, the mixture always overflows and then burns on the element. It smells vile and has put me off making bread from scratch unless it is a packet mix I have bought.
The only real problem I have with the bread maker is once the bread is cooked, I can never get it out of the tin. I remove the tin from the actual maker and try tapping it, banging it, hacking at it with a knife, but it never easily separates from the paddles, I also can't get the paddles to come off the poles at the bottom. The bread tends to be a little bit hacked to bits before we can eat it. If anyone can give me tips on how to stop this happening, it would be greatly appreciated, after all this is the only drawback I have. Apart from the bread not lasting long enough.
I recieved this breadmaker for christmas about eight years ago and it is still working perfectly. It is wonderful walking into the house after a busy day to the smell of freshly baked bread, the only drawback is wailting for the bread to cool down before you can slice it!
It is quite a large and heavy appliance, so getting it out of the cupbaord to use can be a problem, I would keep mine out all the time if I had more worktop space.
At first I found the hole left in the centre of the bread by the paddle and the elongated height of the loaf a little off putting, but once sliced this is not as noticable.
The taste of a homemade freshly baked loaf is so much nicer than a shop bought sliced loaf, but it doesn't seem to last as long because it is so yummy, even the children want more!
I got one of these at a car boot sale the other day, and although my partner was sure it wouldnt work as it cost just £8 !!! it does work perfectly and was in great condition. it came without instruction book or measuring cups but i found a copy of the book online free, and have kitchen scales(and do a lot of cooking) so didnt have a problem with recipies. i found using quick action yeast and the quick bake makes perfect loves every time, every loaf being eaten within a day ! so its going to get a lot of use !would highly recomend.
This brand is THE brand to have when it comes to breadmakers: I have friends with other brands, but their bread just does not taste like mine. I have had my machine for seven years now, and I can vouch for it's reliability: I make a 4-5 loaves a week, and it consistently produces delicious, fragrant, yummy bread. If anything were to happen to my most used kitchen gadget, I would DEFINITELY replace it with another Panasonic, though maybe a newer model, one with the raisin dispenser perhaps. Any negatives? Well, the size of the bread pan means that although I make the smallest loaf possible, it still fills the pan, so I don't know where the rest would go if you make a large loaf. And my toast is still too big for my toaster! The other disadvantage is that my family are spoilt now, and don't like bread from elsewhere. I love this machine, and my kitchen smells delicious.
My dad got me this bread maker about 3 months ago and when he gave it to me I smiled and looked pleased, but was thinking why do I need one of these? As with most other presents I dont understand I stored it in the cupboard until last month when I decided, why not give it a go? And Im glad I did. Now I make fresh, tasty bread every two or three days. And here is why:
The Bread maker comes with a recipe book for many different kinds of bread. (chocolate bread is my favourite ) It makes it so simple, a little kid could make great tasting fresh bread.
The easiness of the bread making process is made simpler by the easy to use interface. Set the time given by the book, the category of the bread youre making set by the book, press go and you are on your way.
You get an absolutely amazing smell going through your house. Perfect for if guests are coming round, or you just want to smell that fresh bread smell.
Now, you may be asking yourself, is it really worth it? My answer to this is yes. Even though it may cost a fraction more to make, and you have to put a little bit more time in to make it, the quality of the bread is so much better than that which you can buy in supermarkets. Once you eat bread made by this machine you wont want to go back, and for the price of £100-£105 it is well worth it.
First off, I am going to tell you I do not own this machine. The second thing I am going to admit to is the machine I am describing is actually the newer model, the 253. My father in law purchased one of these for my mother in law for Christmas, where we spent the holidays. I have since benefited several times from this machine as we spend time over at their home. I have to say, I want this machine. It inspires must have type lust in me everytime I eat a piece of bread from it, or wake up and smell the deliciously sensous scent of baking bread wafting through the house. LOL These breadmakers retail for between £100-£105 at various retailers. Occasionally they are on offer for £85 to £95 new. I was there as the box was opened, and it was well packed without all sorts of little biddly foam bits everywhere. It did not feature a viewing window, but in the manual it explained that this was to keep the heat evenly distributed, and should you need to, you could always pop the lid open to have a check, or to add in any fruits/nuts you may have forgotten to place in the dispenser. Yup, a dispenser. This is a little drawer you can place fruit, nuts, etc. in and when it is time in the programmed cycle to add them, it empties them into the pan and kneads them in. No forgetting you set a programme that needs to beep for you to add sultanas and you missed it while out at the shops. The pan is easy to install and remove, though please use caution and use mitts as the pan gets VERY hot. Occasionally the paddle leaves a paddle shaped narrow hole in the loaf, but this can be minimised by letting the bread cool longer before trying to remove it from the pan. The holes are not large enough in general to affect bread slicing and usage in any way. Oh yes, the pan is simple to clean, mostly needing just a good wipe. It also came out way ahead of all other breadmakers in the Good Housekeeping tests for performance, which is why he splurged on this model! The
machine also comes with a very comprehensive and easy to understand booklet with instructions, tips, and loads and loads of recipes. My in laws prefer whole meal bread and their bread comes out lovely without the heaviness characteristic of many wholemeal breadmaker produced loaves. It takes less than 10 minutes to load in the ingredients for white or wholemeal loaves and set the programme, even for the first time ever. If you lose power and it comes back on, the machine recalls the preset programme and resets itself. This means every morning without fail they wake up to the smell of fresh bread. Life is so unfair.....WAHHHHHHH...I want one now! I have been so impressed I have been literally haunting ebay to purchase either this or a similiar Panasonic breadmaker, but unfortunately have been out bid each time. Oh honey, guess what I need and want for Mother's Day, and you can buy at Comet, or Argos... ...
Short name: Panasonic SD 251