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Dh has announced he wants to buy a breadmaker

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Mrsrobertduvall Thu 21-Mar-13 07:21:07

Now I'm all for encouraging him in the kitchen.

I know nothing about them...but know lots of you have them.
Which one do you recommend.....worth the effort?
I rarely eat bread but everyone else does.

Veneto Thu 21-Mar-13 17:56:57

Yet another vote for panasonic.

bassingtonffrench Thu 21-Mar-13 18:02:23

be warned, DH spends a fortune on flour and yeast then never actually uses it

DaffodilsAhoy Thu 21-Mar-13 18:03:08

I concur, I had a morphy Richards (i think) one before, now I have Panasonic and it makes much better bread.

AnonymousBird Thu 21-Mar-13 18:07:34

I'd also say Panasonic!!! It's bloody marvellous. Don't use it loads, but it's faberoo when we do. We have made cakes with it as well as just for dough to make our own bread/rolls outside the maker.

I wish my DH wanted to buy a bread maker! He keeps watching Wheeler Dealers and wants a classic sports car!!!! (In his dreams, but he keeps banging on about it!)

TWinklyLittleStar Thu 21-Mar-13 18:14:20

DH bought 'me' a Panasonic breadmaker for Christmas, he uses it at least twice a week and its a damn sight quicker than making bread by hand. We have different sorts, I think it'll be a long time before we get bored.

SingingSands Thu 21-Mar-13 18:14:52

Panasonic! We have the SD-2501 model, which I bought DH for Christmas 2 years ago after swearing I never would. He makes one or two loafs a week. Bread comes out lovely, especially the lemon and poppy seed,my favourite!

Mrsrobertduvall Thu 21-Mar-13 18:15:48

I would like Paul Hollywood to do me by hand blush [lowers tone]

JulesJules Thu 21-Mar-13 18:24:14

Panasonic. Had Morphy Richards cheapo one previously which was OK, but not as sturdy.

Put it on at night on the timer so it has time to cool down a bit for breakfast. Takes about 90 seconds to put in the ingredients and set the timer and you wake up to the smell of fresh baked bread. We use ours to make dough for rolls, focaccia, pizzas, cinnamon rolls etc as well. It also does jam and cake although I haven't tried those.

You know exactly what has gone in your loaf - just flour, yeast, water and a teaspoon each of butter and salt for the easiest loaf, no additives. You can experiment with wholegrain/seeded flours, spelt, cinnamon, raisins etc.

It uses minimal amounts of electricity and takes up 13 inches of the work top, hardly a massive amount. If I was really that pushed for space I'd get rid of the microwave before the breadmaker.

mikey9 Thu 21-Mar-13 19:55:00

^ What JuleJules said...!

Even better I am now putting it on before I go to work so it uses our roof made electriciy (PVs) so we avoid paying for the 1Kwh (15p) of electricity it takes.

Today ours has been on overtime and made an overnight wholemeal loaf, a quick white loaf (2hrs), and pizza dough for 6 huge pizzas - 3 of which we just consumed after swimming - the other three head for the freezer for a quick easy meal.

I totally agree about the quality of ingredients and knowing what is in your bread.

Question about nan recipe by zippy539

Panansonic SD206
half tsp yeast
225g Strong White Flour
1 tsp sugar
half tsp salt
half tsp baking powder
1 tblsp veg oil
2 tblsp nat yoghurt
100ml water
Basic Dough mode

Takes 2hr 20m
I double everything - and split the dough into 3 or six - roll out a bit to get the general shape then stretch and finger the edges to amke it about the size of a medium baking tray then cook em all together.

V hot Oven for a few mins (keep an eye on them - they do rise well) and eat straight away........mmmmmmmmm
Kids love em.

ANy not eaten

mikey9 Thu 21-Mar-13 19:56:02

^^ Any not eaten - in the freezer for another day then back in hot oven straight from freezer......

multitaskmama Thu 21-Mar-13 20:44:57


I agree with Trazzletoes

My husband wanted a breadmaker two years ago and I said I didn't have the time to use it or clean it. He said he would and to this day he does.
Chuck in the ingredients before going to bed and hey presto, amazing fresh bread in the morning. Nothing beats the aroma of fresh bread.

I am always buying the what seem the tasties loaves in supermarkets eg seed sensation, wholemeal multiseeded with oat and pumpkin blah blah blah but nothing compares to the wholemeal bread hubby makes. The bread made in the breadmaker with fresh ingredients actually tastes like bread. The shop bought loaved just do not compare!

ceeveebee Thu 21-Mar-13 20:50:11

I just use bread mix - wrights - and bake in the oven. They are very easy and delicious. I love kneading, its good for stress relief, just a bit of a faff waiting for the dough to rise.

GwendolineMaryLacey Thu 21-Mar-13 20:59:13

Panasonic. Just finished the pizza I made in it today.

Startail Thu 21-Mar-13 21:07:03

Panasonic sits on sideboard on far side of kitchen and beetles away happily to its self. As long as you follow the instructions to the letter if using timer it works perfectly.

olivertheoctopus Thu 21-Mar-13 21:12:20

Panasonic. But I'd buy him Paul Hollywood's Bread book instead

swampster Thu 21-Mar-13 21:14:24

Yet another vote for Panasonic.

swampster Thu 21-Mar-13 21:15:20

You just reminded me to go throw together the ingredients for my favourite non-breadmaker bread for tomorrow though!

Notmadeofrib Thu 21-Mar-13 21:22:25

Don't make the chelsea buns using the Panasonic... they are addictive.

zippy539 Thu 21-Mar-13 23:12:08

mikey - thankyou smile

MoreBeta Thu 21-Mar-13 23:18:46

Panasonic is what everyone recommends. I have a Kenwood which I now only use for convenience to make and raise dough (which it does very well) I actually knock back the dough and knead and shape by hand and bake in the oven.

I dont eat bread as I am gluten intolerant but my family enjoy fresh bread. I do also make and bake brioche loaf in mine which always goes down well and is lovely for breakfast.

OldBeanbagz Fri 22-Mar-13 15:57:55

I have an aging Panasonic and have had nothing but good results from it.

I took custody of it from my MIL who decided it was easier to buy bread now that she's on her own.

newtonupontheheath Fri 22-Mar-13 19:27:54

Can a Panasonic breadmaker owner tell me how do you clean/wash them?

Please say you chuck it all in the dishwasher because I reeeeeally want one grin

mamij Fri 22-Mar-13 19:34:19

Panasonic too. Chuck everything in the bread maker the night before, and enjoy a lovely, warm bread in the morning!

dollydiamond68 Fri 22-Mar-13 19:53:46

Does anyone have a good brioche recipe for the Panasonic?

TunipTheVegedude Fri 22-Mar-13 20:00:08

The only thing you need to wash is the bread tin and kneading paddle. To be honest I don't actually wash mine every loaf. It's pretty clean when you take the loaf out. When I do dough in it I let it dry and then it just flakes off. It's a 7 year old Panasonic, used more than 2000 times, but the non-stick is still good.

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