Product Type: Panasonic bread makers
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Excellent for bread if you eat a lot of it!
Member Name: Leyla27
Advantages: Preservative free, easy to use and clean, lovely bread baking smell!
Disadvantages: Not so good for making cakes
My other half had been badgering me for one of these for ages and upon the advice of family, I was recommended Panasonic.
I bought the newest version - the SD255 - for around £90 a few months ago.
Although, as a family, we don't eat a massive amount of bread, I have to say that this has still been a worthwhile addition as you really can't beat your own homemade bread!
I mainly use the bake rapid setting which gives you a normal loaf in 2 hours (regular bake setting is 4 hours). The results are fantastic!
* Lovely bread - made to how you want it - ie. adding seeds, raisins etc
* Very versatile - I quite often make pizza dough in it - just 45 mins in the machine, take it out, put on a tray and cook in oven for 20 mins!
* Great recipes come with it
* Easy to clean and use
* No preservatives added - you know what you're getting because you made it!
* Obviously making bread with no preservatives means that it lasts a day or two and that's it. I tend to make one loaf to last the weekend for the two of us.
* If you choose to make an XL loaf, it just means the loaf is 'taller' rather than being longer. So, in essence, you just have taller slices - sometimes I cut these in half so I get two slices from one tall slice.
* Although you can make cakes in this, my experience of cake making hasn't been great. I tried the banana bread recipe which should take 45 minutes but this was still uncooked after this time and despite me adding extra time to it (to around 2 hours in the end!), it was still no better so I had to throw it away. I have friends who have made cakes in this breadmaker and they rave about it so it might have been my own bad experience, over squidgy bananas etc.
Overall though, if you can spare the cash and tend to get through a lot of bread, this could be a great investment and the smell of bread being baked is always homely and lovely!
Summary: Nothing beats your own homemade bread!
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