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I love fresh bread and had been finding it increasingly difficult to find a decent bakery. The bread produced by supermarkets that masquerades itself as fresh bread just doesn’t hit the spot for me. I also like to know what’s in my food and how it was made. I have tried many times to make bread but have never had good results.I first came across the Panasonic bread maker at a friend’s house. I loved the taste of the bread she gave me for lunch and was determined to start saving for a bread maker of my very own.
Before I finally decided to buy a Panasonic I did some research on the internet and was impressed both my the glowing reviews of the Panasonic sd-253 and by the fact it received the best rating of any bread maker by Which.I price checked and found John Lewis to be about the cheapest and, to my mind, the retailer with a good customer service record. I paid £99.99 for my bread maker with free delivery.
This is no small gadget to be hidden in the back of a cupboard and does take up a fair amount of worktop. The machine measures H40xW 34 x D 23 cm. It is only available in white. You do need to make sure the machine is at least 5cm away from any wall when in use to allow the steam to escape. I simply pull mine away from the wall when I’m using it.
I have never put any of the parts in the dishwasher and I think this has helped the bucket to retain its non-stick coating. I have been using my bread maker for over 7 months now and I have never had a problem with a loaf sticking.Using this machine really is Childs play it is so simple! There is an excellent instruction booklet included with the machine that also includes loads of recipes in addition to very easy to follow instructions.
At the side of the machine is a digital control panel and display window. All you do to make a simple loaf is to measure out your ingredients as per the recipe booklet and place into the bucket. It is important to ensure the kneading blade is in place at the bottom of the bucket!First press the select control pad to choose the type of bread you are to making. You can choose between basic,wholewheat,French,Italian.sandwich,pizza or gluten free. The machine can also act as an oven and be set to bake only for making cakes or tea breads. As you press the pad an arrow will move down the display so you can see which programme you have selected.
Next press the option control pad to select the bake option you require. There are several options including –Bake-with this option the machine will mix, knead, rise the dough and then bake it.
Bake rapid- this is the same as bake but is used for making a faster loaf.Bake raisin-the same as bake but adds fruit/nuts automatically during the kneading process.
Dough- this option prepares dough ready for you to roll out and make pizza or rolls.Dough raisin- as per the dough option but adds fruit and nuts to the dough.
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