Recommend me a breakmaker

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Spinney, 17 Jul 2012.

  1. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Location:
    Under the Edge
    Have now got a kitchen large enough to store a breadmaker.
    But what kind to buy...

    Sometimes I may use it just to knead the dough, but sometimes I will use it to bake the whole loaf, and I think I would use a timer setting to wake up to the smell of fresh bread. I'd like something that can handle additions like raisins etc, in case I get fancy ambitions.

    So, any particular brand/model to recommend?
    Or perhaps just as importantly - any to avoid?

    Thanks all.
    Spinney
     
  2. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    You had me going there, i did not know what a breakmaker was.:whistle:
     
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  3. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Location:
    Scotland
    I use the Panasonic 255, a fantastic machine. Not the cheapest on the market but having owned a couple of lower end machines (Lidl do a decent one for £29.99) the difference is night and day. I use mine three times a week and wouldn't take shop loaf if it was free.


    GC
     
  4. Oxo

    Oxo Veteran

    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    Panasonic are good. Used one for several years and always get good, consistant results.
     
  5. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Panasonic.
     
  6. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Panasonic for me too. Had it six years, never put a foot wrong.
     
  7. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    Bread makers are just another claim on the work surface real estate.

    I've been offered several by folk who have grown tired of the novelty of kitchens smelling like bakeries.

    I've been tempted to accept an offer until reminded of the presence of the new but unused slow cooker lurking in a cupboard
     
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  8. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    I have a previous model of the Panasonic one ... (no raisin dispenser on mine) but it is still going strong after a lot of use, though not daily. I mostly use it to produce dough rather than bread. Basically when I was buying the Panasonic one was the clear leader, that was nearly 10 years ago I think, there may be other contenders now. My sister does use her's daily as her son has a milk allergy.
     
  9. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    My Mum has never been able to make bread by hand, it always turns out like bricks, so she gave up.

    A few years back, when several of her friends raved about breadmakers, she got one.

    It blew up.

    (Can't remember the brand, she got it from Lakeland, and to their credit, they replaced it tout suite and hassle free. But even the replacement never made decent bread. She gave up again.)
     
  10. CharlesF

    CharlesF Veteran

    Location:
    Glasgow
    You don't need a machine, making bread by hand is easy and therapeutic. I make two loafs a week - wholewheat, white, rye or multigrain. Plus I often make a more fancy bread, like Chelsea buns or a brioche
     
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  11. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Go down to Tescos.

    Buy a loaf of bread.

    Take it home and eat it.

    Five minute wonder, car boot sales will be over-run with them soon.
     
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  12. colly

    colly Re member eR

    Location:
    Leeds
    Panasonic. Bought for us as a chrissy present ........ooooh years ago. Still going strong.:thumbsup:
     
  13. bof

    bof Senior member. Oi! Less of the senior please

    Location:
    The world
    Elderly Panasonic has worked a treat. Also get electronic scales: you need to measure accurately and you'll want to do it fast so the effort of doing it each day is small. Also keep your flour in an airtight container so it doesnt absorb air moisture and end up giving you bread with the wrong moisture content.
     
  14. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Worth looking on ebay. It's the kind of thing people get, barely use, then want rid of.
     
  15. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    Location:
    lost somewhere
    You could always move to France. Saunter down to the shop and buy fresh bread each morning and afternoon. Amazing.
     
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