I've had this bread maker for a number of years and I probably use it once or twice a month when I have friends or family come over.
The Prima brand is owned by Nu-World UK Ltd, who are an electrical distribution company based in Pudsey. I have the ABM9 model which I don't think is available any more; however if you do have one, you can still get spares for it.
The ABM9 has 11 programmes. I have to confess I've only used a few on them. The basic setting is a general purpose programme for white or brown bread and takes 3 hours for a 2 lb loaf. The machine is quite sophisticated as you can choose loaf size and colour and also use the timer so you could set to come on in the early hours of the morning and wake up to freshly baked bread.
Nowadays I use the dough setting as I don't like the texture of a bread baked in the machine. It's somehow denser and drier than oven-baked bread. The dough setting is useful though. It takes an hour and a half to do all the kneading and the first rise. I then knock the dough back, shape and leave to rise again before whacking in the oven. I've found this a really reliable method and have been really pleased with the results.
I also occasionally use the jam setting. Add the sugar to your fruit and in an hour and twenty minutes you have jam ready for pouring into jars. So far it's always set!
The machine has served me well although I have had to replace the pan. It is a bit noisy and since I only use it for dough (and jam), I think 3 stars is a fair rating.
I have been putting off reviewing our Prima ABM 9 breadmaker as was waiting to check to see how good or bad it is before I can write my review properly. As we have now made several batches of very fine loaves (and pizza bases) with this gadget I feel now the time is right to give you my opinion.
It cost us £55 and we have had it for about four months (so not that long) but long enough to tell if it is any good. It is quite large and is white in colour and looks very good as it stands on our kitchen table. We are happy with it because we eat a huge amount of bread in our house and it was costing us a fortune, so we decided to try to save money by making our own. This is a nosiy machine whilst it is in the process of kneading the dough but once you have smelled the finished product, you can forgive a lttle noise. It comes with a full set of instructions which are very easy to follow, it has a digital dispay and the little soft press buttos are at the top of the gadget, near to the lid.
It has a thirteen hour timer and a three hour cycle and what we like to do is set it so that we wake every morning to the smell of fresh bread and it is ready to eat at our breakfast. The smell is so gorgeous and permeates the whole of the house - better than any air freshener I know if (and I have used many). It makes either 1.5 pound loaves or two pound loaves - perfect shape and perfect taste.
It makes light airy bread with a lovely crust - perfect every time. We are careful what we eat inour house and this way we also have the peace of mind of knowing we are not adding any nasty preservatives etc., and we are eating just pure natural ingredients. It is easy to keep clean and has served us well so far.
Great product and greatly recommended. ..
I have trialed the Prima ABM7 breadmaker. 1. I tried 5 recipes from the book that came with the machine, including making twice the very first loaf the new owner should make. All the recipes made a very stiff dough, so stiff that there was insufficient fluid and only when I experimented with adding about 25 - 30 mls more than quoted in the recipies given, did the loaves resemble anything presentable. They all tasted lovely. 2.The only perfect loaf was made from a recipe from a website and not one dedicated to Prima. 3. I used all good products. I was not a first time owner of a breadmaker but I was looking for a machine that was geared up to do what the instruction manual said it would do. 4. The manual has received criticism, mine is not the first and I understand that a revised manual will be issued with new models later this year. The manual does require a lot of revision and the inclusion of helpful guidance and tips for first time users would make a good start. A review of the recipes would not go amiss. The manuals Prima produced for earlier models were much better. 5. The Prima kitchen help line staff are adamant that the recipes in their book have been successfully tried and tested in their test kitchens. Even using my electronic aquatronic scales for accuracy did not improve the dough consistency, only more fluid did that. 6. I have returned my Prima machine to the merchant and will trial another make and model. Observation: I do like double paddle machines and the paddles in the Prima are easy to remove when the loaf has cooled without damaging the loaf. However the suggestion in the manual to use one large and one small paddle, (leaving a spare set)leaves a large cleft where the large paddle rests in the loaf. Prima confirm it is not neccessary to use large paddles or one of each; they thought it might be better for large loaves to be worked with the bigger paddles bu there is no
real requirement. (I do know this from my experience with my previous double paddle machine.)
I have always loved the smell of bread cooking, so I was really pleaded when my mother got me a Prima Automatic Breadmaker for my birthday. I nearly always use it now, it is so easy to use. You can either use your own ingredients or use pre-packed. I used to make my own bread years ago, but found it hard work kneading it and waiting for the dough to rise, but with this all the hard work is done for you. You just put the ingredients in and almost before your eyes your bread is made for and cooked for you. This is a great timesaving piece of equipment.
I have had my Prima breadmaker for the best part of three years and I wouldn't be without it. It makes superb bread in 90 minutes, and it doubles up as a dough mixer too for those scones and rolls. Whereas it may not pay financially until you have made a lot of loaves, it certainly beats anything you get in the shops, and you are also free to omit oil/fat, preservatives, add herbs and spices as you please. One loaf makes app. 8 slices, but two will fill you well up. I have had to replace the non-stick pan a few times, but that is no problem with the fuss free and quick despatch from Prima, at £14.99 all inclusive.