Product Type: Panasonic bread makers
Newest Review: ... solid, the lid is hinged well and stays up when required. The shape to is a plus, because it is taller than some similar models it takes u... more
Does what it says... and more!
Member Name: pinklinz
Date: 21/02/12, updated on 21/02/12 (43 review reads)
Advantages: easy to use.
Disadvantages: recipe booklet is in quite small print but other than this i don't feel there are any!
I had thought a number of times in the past about purchasing a bread maker but with so many on the market I was unsure about which would suit me and my family best. After researching many online products and making comparisons between them, i decided to purchase this product... and aren't I glad I did!
Lets start with the unit itself. Its sturdy and 'feels' solid, the lid is hinged well and stays up when required. The shape to is a plus, because it is taller than some similar models it takes up less room on your chosen work surface (dimensions approx 37cm H 28cm W 33cm). It fits nicely in the corner of my work space, out the way but still easily accessible. I love the fact it is white in colour, you can see it looks clean (this is important to me). The unit has 10 easily programmable bread and dough modes.
The recipe book that comes with the product is satisfactory, but if you've got a good imagination then it is possible to adapt them. I would do this with caution until you are confident in using the appliance. You can however, you can cater for specific dietary requirements if needed. You can choose the size of the loaf you want, either a 450g medium, 1kg large or 1.2kg X large, really its just preference and doesn't change the way you use the machine.
The rapid bake setting will bake a large loaf in a little under 2 hrs but my personal preference be to use the full time for baking bread and not the 'quick step', for no other reason than that the end product, on the rapid setting can be a little dense. If you haven't got the 4 hrs then the quick loaf setting is 'ok'. However, if you are organised and you have the time then i would use the timer delay (13hr delay is available) before the quick loaf setting!
Summary: An ideal all rounder bread making machine, capable of making 'family' sized loafs.
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