Saturday, 11 September 2010

Bread machine

For my birthday this year (which was yesterday), my fiancé bought me a bread machine. Now, although I went on a course and technically know how to bake bread by hand, I haven't managed to do a lot of it because of being busy and illness and being disorganised etc. etc. etc.

There's a great bit on the Campaign for Real Bread website here about bread machines and why they can be a good idea.

I'm not going to give up completely on making handmade bread, and will still do so when I get the time and the urge and the inclination, but at least with my bread machine, in between those times I don't have to rely on supermarket bread.

We baked our first loaf in it yesterday and this was the result:


It was yummy:




The breadmaker I have is the Panasonic SD257. It has a brioche programme, a gluten-free programme, a raisin and nut dispenser and a bake-only and dough-only feature. So, it seems very flexible in what you can do with it and I look forward to trying out all the different features in the years to come!

11 comments:

  1. I used to have a bread machine I miss it, I could set it so that I would have fresh hot bread when I cam home from work. Plus the house smelled wonderful! Enjoy

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  2. Been thinking about getting a bread maker but always thought they leave a big hole in the bottom due to mixing thingey - is this diferent? Also is it just a question of pouring in the ingredients and leaving it to get on with it, or do you have to faff about proving things (the main reason I am put of bread making).

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  3. It does leave a hole, but not massive and not so that it really impaired the bread that much. I can get a photo of the bottom if you like?

    Also, yes, you put the ingredients in the 'bucket' (I call it a bucket because it has a handle at the top), set it all to go and it does everything for you. It does all the kneading and proving and baking, and you just need to be around when it beeps to take it out - but there is a timer function if you want to do it overnight or while you are out.

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  4. It sounds great. You can have homemade bread with little effort. There is something satisfying about hand-kneading and punishing yourself through hours of bread-making, but, hey, we don't have to be so Calvinist about it, I think. Maybe there was a hold-out group of women who refused to get washing machines, declaring that scrubbing on a washboard was superior. I don't know what I'm saying except YAH for homemade bread.

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  5. It means I get to have homemade bread whenever I want it instead of once every 3 months when I feel I have the time and energy to do it by hand!

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  6. Actually if its not a massive faff could you post a pick of the bread hole your loaf loooks great from this angle but would like to see the downside if pos.

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  7. Sorry, due to bad punctuation that might read as being a bit pervy (asking to see your 'bread hole') I mean the dent in the finished loaf left by the mixing arm. soz.

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  8. I will do so as soon as we get another loaf of bread from it. It keeps getting eaten too quickly!

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  9. The only reason I'm anti-bread machine is because I don't have room for another appliance in my tiny kitchen! I've had family members offer to get me one, and I tell them please don't. I have enough gadgets already, and already have a KitchenAid mixer and oven to make bread without adding to the clutter.

    That said, I can understand the appeal of bread machines and it's got to be better than store-bought. Also, if you're comparing it to store bought, the machine probably pays for itself rather quickly. The ingredients are cheap and the machine does all the work for you.

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  10. We don't really have room either; although we don't have a food processor or a dishwasher.

    Yep, and the machine is also pretty low energy - most of the time it's on it's not doing very much ('resting' or 'rising', you know...).

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  11. My husband has asked for a bread machine... I like to bake bread but I just don't have enough time on weekdays. And we have a tiny kitchen (now that we're in Hong Kong) and it would have to sit in a deep cupboard. I don't know, maybe these are all sad excuses! :) I think I'll watch your progress for a little while. Let us know how it goes!

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