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So I bought a breadmaker - no idea what I'm doing - recipe pls?

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Albrecht Sun 06-Mar-11 10:40:14

Its been sitting there for over a week. Not sure of the amounts to put in, just for basic bread?

(without salt as I have a precious first born to wean)


Albrecht Sun 06-Mar-11 10:58:07

Also it has two loaf sizes, 450g and 750g. So how much do I use for each?

Damn impulse buys.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sun 06-Mar-11 11:01:01

Are there no recipes in the instruction book? My Panasonic came with a whole recipe section - there are about 40 variations!

My loaf sizes are slightly different to yours so I don't think my recipes would work for you.

Albrecht Sun 06-Mar-11 12:22:29

I thought I was being naive, to expect recipes with it! The instructions just explain the settings - they can't even bring themselves to use the word 'flour', its just 'dry ingredients' and 'wet ingredients'.

senua Sun 06-Mar-11 12:25:54

half pint of water
splosh of olive oil
knob of butter

pound of flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp yeast

You have to put salt in (but I forget why).

Albrecht Sun 06-Mar-11 12:34:31

oh thank you senua! Is that for 750g loaf?

The salt is to help it last longer and also for taste, I read in Baby led weaning book. I will try one with and one without.

senua Sun 06-Mar-11 12:48:11

1lb = 454g so it's for the smaller size.

My breadmaking book says "Bread without salt tastes very 'flat'. While it is possible to make a saltless bread (there is, in fact, a famous saltless Tuscan bread), salt is normally an indispensible ingredient. Salt has two roles: one is to improve flavour and the other is to act as a yeast retardant, controlling the rate of fermentation, which in turn strengthens the gluten and stops the bread from rising too much and collapsing. Salt substitutes are best avoided as few of these contain sodium."
Rather unhelpfully, it doesn't have the recipe for the aforementioned 'famous' Tuscan bread.hmm

Try experimenting a bit to see how much you can cut down on the salt.

Albrecht Sun 06-Mar-11 12:51:31

thank you! Will experiment.

nannynick Sun 06-Mar-11 13:20:53

Panasonic SD254 Manual, has various recipes.
Also see for manuals for other machines.

What machine have you got? manufacturer and model number.

Albrecht Sun 06-Mar-11 19:44:16

Its a John Lewis one - they don't seem to go in for model numbers as far as I can see.

Anyway, I used half a tsp salt for our first loaf and the bread is really good! Very pleased smile

nannynick Sun 06-Mar-11 20:37:05

John Lewis Breadmaker Recipe Book (PDF)

Not that you need it if your loaf worked. Though it does contain recipes for other types of loaf and of different sizes.

Albrecht Mon 07-Mar-11 13:53:21

I didn't get this recipe book! We still have the box it came in and I've just been to check...naughty John Lewis!

This is really helpful, thanks.

Mrszumba Fri 14-Nov-14 17:55:11

Hello Albrecht,
I realise this is a super old thread but just been given the same model bread maker as you but without recipe book! So on my search I came across this thread, just wondered if you had any further recipe update as the PDF someone kindly linked is now closed ! THX in advance!

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