talk to me about bread makers

(54 Posts)
lorisparkle Sun 30-Dec-12 23:56:47

I really want a breadmaker but need to convince DH. so I am really looking for some good arguments to convince him.


Loquace Mon 31-Dec-12 14:34:47

They look very pretty on the kichen counter. Can even fool perople that owner of the said kichen occasinally cooks.

They make the house smell nice.

They decrease washing up and tea towel expenditure (I hate sticky stuff on my hands and murdered three tea towels trying to get the dough off me whennhand making bread)

They are economical to run (have no idea if this true)

They can make fresh baked bread for breakfast with their time (excpet mine refused to)

I haven't bothered to replace mine, but I may yet. I think they have a such a "ohhh, want one" factor that it would mean for him to dig his heels in about it. We all need a little non essential glitter in our lives, and a bread maker is pretty useful and harmless glitter to have a yen for.

Wolfiefan Mon 31-Dec-12 14:38:34

I make pizza dough in it.
Ciabatta dough.
Used to make chocolate bread!!
Plan not to replace it but use kenwood instead to make dough.

lolalotta Tue 01-Jan-13 17:02:24

I wouldn't be without mine, I hate sliced shop bread, all those preservatives they put in it...yuk! We got ours about 2.5 years ago just as we began weaning my DD, so she has grown up on homemade bread. I make her a 50/50 wholemeal/white loaf which we all love. It's great to know that if you are planning a picnic you can make some yummy sarnies with homemade bread! They make delicious pizza dough can do all sorts in them, fruit bread etc! If mine broke I would be replacing it ASAP! We don't buy bread now. You need to buy a decent brand though or I think they can be a bit rubbish. We have a Panasonic and have been very pleased with it. I did need to buy an electric brad knife to slice it can be tricky with the bread being so fresh! Also you do need to have a spot on the work too to keep it so it is handy to use or I imagine it would gather dust in the cupboard!!!! Hope this helps, good luck, we love ours! grin

Wonderful things.

I make bread, it takes 3 minutes to put on and then tastes wonderful. I can also make focaccia, pizza dough, Chelsea buns, fruit bread and som can make jam too. Panasonic are the dogs bollocks, I've had mine 10 years and is as good as new.

lorisparkle Tue 01-Jan-13 17:08:08

thanks everyone. I might save up so dh can't argue!wink

milkybrew Tue 01-Jan-13 17:11:55

I use mine daily, friends comment how they cant be bothered with the weighing and loading things in. However, it takes me about 2 mins, to walk to shop and buy a loaf would take 20 mins! I make bread, fruit loaf, focaccia, pizza dough and cakes in mine. But if you are going to buy one, get a panasonic. They are the best and you get a perfect loaf everytime!

lolalotta Tue 01-Jan-13 17:22:28

Oh Skiing, I have been meaning to try it yum???? Is the recipe in the Panasonic recipe book?

lolalotta Tue 01-Jan-13 17:23:52

Also, are the Chelsea buns divine???

nannynick Tue 01-Jan-13 17:31:21

Tomato Focaccia is in the Panasonic SD254 manual (I have it as a PDF). 4h30m I have not tried it, may give it a try in a more basic form so the children may eat it.
Is there a version which makes the dough so it can be cooked in the oven, flattened out, rather than coming out as a loaf?

lorisparkle Tue 01-Jan-13 17:57:34

tell me more about cost - just for a standard loaf for example. also about how easy they are to clean. these little things might help win the argumentgrin

lolalotta Tue 01-Jan-13 18:47:29

Will have to get back to you in cost per loaf, I haven't a clue! They are very easy to wash up, you MUST NOT immerse the pan in water! You just put a squirt of fairy in the bottom, half fill with warm water, leave it to soak for a minute or two, remove the blade and leave that to drain separately, then swish round the non-abrasive side of sponge till clean then it's done! No scrubbing required! grin

lolalotta Tue 01-Jan-13 18:48:40

It really does just take a minute or two to weight out the ingredients (ok do maybe 3! grin)

am I a slattern? I just give my pan a quick wipe round after a loaf (obviously dough gets a proper clean).

OP, you need a bread machine. Takes less than 2 minutes to chuck the ingredients in, the bread is much better for you than bought bread, and the pizza dough is great. But you must buy a Panasonic - more expensive than other brands, but the only one which turns out perfect bread each time.

ouryve Tue 01-Jan-13 19:00:00

I love my panasonic. I do buy bread as well, since I've arthritis in my hands and don't always feel up to slicing bread, but the bread it makes is delicious. And it really does smell lovely.

fortyplus Tue 01-Jan-13 19:03:25

Has to be a Panasonic! Try the malt loaf recipe - YUM!! You can buy malt extract at the chemist.

redwellybluewelly Tue 01-Jan-13 19:09:45

I bough DH a Panasonic dogs bolox breadmaker for Christmas. He is like a kid in a candy store. First loaf made this morning and lovely (top a tad less brown than it should be) so quick and easy and hoping works out cost effective.

We are also doing it as DD has to have special soya free bread which is £3 a loaf and yet with home baking we can control the ingredients

MothershipG Tue 01-Jan-13 19:15:52

I never got on with my bread maker at all, not impressed with the bread it produced and didn't like weird shape either - but it was a cheapo one I was given.

I'd save the money and put it towards a Kenwood, I make bread with my Kenwood all the time, easy to clean, great results and I make more rolls and sweet buns than anything else and, of course, the Kenwood can do a million other jobs as well; a bread maker is a one trick pony.


lolalotta Tue 01-Jan-13 19:32:27

Mothership but the timer function on the bread maker is VERY VERY handy!!! Kenwood doesn't have that right? wink

lolalotta Tue 01-Jan-13 19:33:19

If it does I'm going to feel really silly! grin

lolalotta Tue 01-Jan-13 19:36:18

Panasonic loaves are the PERFECT shape OP!

MrsHoarder Tue 01-Jan-13 19:37:23

We have a morphes Richards one. It goes on on alternate nights, wake up to fresh bread. Previously we were having to nip to the shop 3 times a week to top up on bread and spend lots of money on things we didn't need.

Going to go slightly against the grain here and recommend this and this as an alternative.

Truly amazing, stunning bread (you can start with the second one tonight and have amazing bread tomorrow) with only fractionally more hassle than a breadmaker and will save you ££££££ compared to buying a BM.

FundusCrispyPancake Tue 01-Jan-13 19:42:38

1. The bread tastes yummy.
2. The bread is cheap.
3. See 1.

I love my Kenwood. smile

lolalotta Tue 01-Jan-13 19:42:39

Wow, that looks really interesting!!!! Does it really taste that good? The only quick bread I make by hand is Irish soda bread and that is LUSH!

OK, it's not quick in that you can throw the ingredients in a bowl and have bread an hour later like soda bread, but it is quick in that you don't have to do any kneading by hand or mixer. Basically these two methods have a very long resting time which is what sorts the gluten out rather than a lot of kneading. The book gives you a master recipe for a dough which you can just put in the fridge and use as and when you want bread over the next couple of weeks.

So, this morning I got some dough I made a few days ago out of the fridge, shaped it into two baguettes and then cooked it in time for lunch.

Then this afternoon I got the dough which I had stirred together yesterday evening, put it in a floured bowl to rise and made it into delicious artisan-style bread for dinner time.

Both were better than any bread I have ever bought or made previously <modest>

lolalotta Tue 01-Jan-13 20:05:36

I'm not sure I have enough room in my fridge to store dough, we have a little fridge, but I would love to try it though!!!!

Yes, that is the big downside. Try the other recipe though - all you need is a bowl to mix in and a lidded pot that can go in the oven.

I use the bread maker to knead the focaccia dough, then take it out and shape it, let it rise and then dimple it and drizzle olive oil and sprinkle sea salt and rosemary on it. It's lovely. I think I started with the recipe in thebreadmaker book but now I use one with more olive oil in it.

Might make some tomorrow now....

amillionyears Tue 01-Jan-13 21:48:31

Also got a Panasonic. It is used daily. Ours lasted to years almost to the day. And then we bought a new one.
We worked out , that that for us, the overall cost of the loaf of bread, including the replacement of the machine every two years, was half of the cost of a loaf of bread in the shop.
No longer know what the price of a loaf is. Assume shop bought loaves havent changed much in price lately?

amillionyears Tue 01-Jan-13 21:49:05

two not to.

2 years isn't very long! Hope your next one lasts longer. Ours is 10 years old so I'm guessing our price per loaf is pretty low by now!

amillionyears Tue 01-Jan-13 22:03:59

Yes, was surprised it didnt last longer, but it was used daily.
It actually sort of burnt out around the inside base of it.

eggnoglatte Tue 01-Jan-13 22:09:36

Another one with a Panasonic which I love, love, love. Perfect loaves every time, smells good, you know exactly what you are eating, each loaf costs approx 45p (calculated ages ago in a foreign country, prob way cheaper than that now), would NEVER buy bread now. You won't look back if you like bread.

dizzy77 Tue 01-Jan-13 22:11:58

Our savings are less from the bread itself (haven't properly done the sums) but more from no longer doing those trips to the supermarket where you just want a fresh load but come out with a basket worth £20.

Have a 5yo Panasonic which we used to use weekly and are just getting back into the habit post DC as remembered how nice the bread is and how well it toasts. Also have a Global bread knife which makes light work of slicing not a knife freak at all honest.

amillionyears Tue 01-Jan-13 22:21:36

ooh. Tell us about your Global bread knife please.
I use what is commonly called my DH. He refuses to let me slice the loaves, as the slices all end up so wonky

dizzy77 Tue 01-Jan-13 22:28:33

It is one like this. It was a gift and started my collection (I'm a bit blush about the price looking again I have had it years). I used one at a friends and it glided through the bread compared to anything else I've used. And unlike the straight blade knives it doesn't need sharpening but does need treating nicely (eg not in the drawer rattling against the other knives, or the dishwasher). My parents sharpened all the prongs off theirs defeating the object.

My slices are still a bit wonky though, don't tell your DH that. Hijack over, sorry OP.

amillionyears Tue 01-Jan-13 22:35:11

Thanks for the link. Seems good. Will have a think about it.

Whojamaflip Tue 01-Jan-13 22:36:28

Ours is used daily and we rarely buy plastic shop bread.

Doesn't even take me any time to chuck the ingredients in as I have now trained my 9yr old to do it grin

Use it to make loaves, pizza dough, any sort of dough to finish off in the oven (chelsea buns, rolld etc) and have successfully made jam as well!

Only thing I would say is avoid Kenwood like the plague - replaced my beloved Panasonic when it died and am frantically saving up for another but am stuck with this one for a while longer

My DH can't cut straight to save his life. So we bought an argos slicing machine for about £15 which I now absolutely love having. Straight slices of bread but also lovely thin slices of cooked meats.

lolalotta Wed 02-Jan-13 06:22:59

Any chance you could post us your recipe for focaccia skiing, please? smile

lolalotta Wed 02-Jan-13 06:25:19

Also Skiing, how does that slicing machine work then? Do you have to use your own knife or does it do it all for you? Can you vary the thickness of the slices?

Which Panasonic one is the best? We eat (well DH and DCs) so much bread and am really not happy with all the crap that is in packet bread.

Was always worried though that we would turn into Pilsbury Dough Boy shaped people if had fresh nice bread all of the time but I suppose if just make one loaf a day will be no more than we buy and sometimes throw half a loaf away every few days.

We got this slicer here which does a good job. It was on offer when we got it though.

Will look up recipe for focaccia later.

All the panasonics are very good so it depends if you want the extra features more money will get you. The main one seems to be a seed/nut dispenser so you don't have to hang around waiting for it to beep to add them. So depends how much you would use that really.

Flossiechops Wed 02-Jan-13 06:52:27


lolalotta Wed 02-Jan-13 07:21:41

We have a Panasonic SD-257, I have no idea if it is the best (we have had it for about 2.5 years) but we have been very happy with it! It has a nut dispenser too! grin

lorisparkle Wed 02-Jan-13 13:51:30

thanks everyone. I'm due some overtime and had some Christmas money so may treat myself next month. grin

Any tips on how cheap you can go with panasonics and still get good results? Is the cheapest ok?

amillionyears Fri 04-Jan-13 08:56:26

The slicing machine looks lovely.
But is it dangerous at all?

We have the Panasonic SD-256, and before that the 255?

lorisparkle Fri 04-Jan-13 10:03:53

was so disappointed, found one on debenhams at half price but when I went to buy they were sold outsad just will have to wait for next month now.

lolalotta Fri 04-Jan-13 11:39:00

Sorry to hear that sparkle! sad

MothershipG Fri 04-Jan-13 15:07:28

sparkle If John Lewis have the same model they will price match, worth a look! I got an attachment for my Kenwood with a RRP of £79 for £11 doing this!

lorisparkle Fri 04-Jan-13 18:30:42

thanks mothership however when we gave tried at john Lewis they will only price match if it is in stocksad

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