Bread to go...
One of the main reason for purchasing a bread maker was because of the lack of quality I can get from my local supermarket. I try my best to purchase from local bakers, but with a busy working life, that is hard.
In addition, I have become a little concerned about my diet. Most bread in the UK is made along the lines of a process called the “Chorley Wood” method; a reliable and system method for the mass production of our daily bread. However, the amount of sugar and salt used is enormous, and in addition, the process must use highly refined “steel roller” milled flour, not the healthier “stone ground” flour (some bread may contain a “quantity” of stone ground flour, but it will not be 100% stone ground, even 100% wholemeal has had any goodness beaten out of it by the highly refined steel rollers, which reduce the actual fibre content down to nothing).
I like my bread, but concerns of taste and quality, I bought the bread maker to increase the amount of wholemeal fibre (using stone ground flour) decrease my salt and sugar intake, and to have 100% fresh bread when I needed it.
The Panasonic bread maker copes well with the extra stresses of stone ground flour, but if you are using this machine with REAL stone ground flour, becarefull with the yeast. I would add a little more yeast than the instructions do suggest, and DO NOT use the delay timer; the yeast "goes off" before the bread begins to bake, and you end up with a collapse! And having to scrap you loaf! Have found that using the "RAPID" mode actualy aids and assists the "breadmaker yeast".
It can be a shock to the system how much fibre is packing in to a real wholemeal loaf! I would actually suggest putting in a mix of stone ground white flour, as high as a 50/50 ratio. My favourite mix is 50% stone ground white, with 50% stone ground multi seeded flour.
The raisin / nuts dispenser works well; but I use this machine really just to make healthy loaves. Do not skimp on the quality of flour, it makes an enormous difference to the taste of the bread.
The Panasonic unit is much better than an earlier machine I owned. It is a “premium” product, but copes well with whatever I have thrown in its little tin! It is VERY easy to use, and I have been totally delighted with it, I highly recommend the unit.
33 of 34 people found this review helpful.
Great Breadmaker - Get one now!
I got this breadmaker for my birthday, eh ehm , 32nd birthday, and being rather an undomesticated goddess wasn't entirely sure that I was ready, however i have fallen in love.
i woke up to the smell of freshly baked bread the next day, my first white loaf looking beautifully crusty and brown. no additives, no preservatives, just nice simple fresh bread.
it took no effort, pile in the ingredients, switch on the timer - little bit of clock maths needed to get it ready for when you wake up next day, ok so not so good on a hangover...
i've made granary, ciabatta, white crusty, white medium, large, xreat large and sandwich. my birthday was 6 days ago. i think im addicted.
get one and stick two fingers up to any supermarket that pumps out fake fresh bread smells and charges a fortune for a handmade loaf with a load of rubbish added to it. nothing beats your own.
even the kids love it. oh yes and it does italian, french, cakes, dough for buns, croisssants comes with a great recipe book.
I am reformed, and hate to say it veering scarely toward domesticated, strangely drawn to cake and loaf tins when shopping but quite simply i dont care. there is a certain smug satisfaction of buying yeast and strong bread flour at the checkout and the knowing of what you can acheive at home with absoluelty NO effort at all.
and best of all, it hardly needs any washing up afterwards!
you will need strong bread flour, quick yeast, milk powder, sugar salt, butter and water for an ordinary loaf. weigh the ingerdients in the removable tin, select the baking time, set the timer - if needed and close the lid and start. its so simple. nicely made and easy to use not the best looking addition to the kitchen, but it is absolutely silent until the finish beep.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Panasonic SD-253 bread maker
I already have one of these & paid full price for it. I bought this one on ebay for a friend. This is the only model of bread maker recommended by Which magazine which is why I bought mine. This was listed as reconditioned & was half shop price which is why I bought it. It arrived well packaged & works perfectly & looks new, an absolute bargain.
I could not live without a breadmaker now. Wonderful fresh bread without any additives. According to recent TV programmes there can be up to 3 teaspoons of salt in a standard processed loaf. Homemade tastes even better & has only one teaspoon of salt per loaf. It takes about 2 minutes to put the ingredients into the breadmaker, then you just leave it for 4 -5 hours depending on which bread your making. Or you can cook it overnight.
There are so many different varieties of bread you can make and can add extra ingredients such as raisins or nuts or cheese & bacon.
If you have never had a breadmaker, do yourself a favour & go & buy one of these, you won't regret it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Panasonic SD-253 Bread Machine - my best buy
My wife bought it because she did not like the door-stop loaves I used to bake with a Biffinet bread-maker.
The Panasonic makes superb bread - provided that the loaf is removed immediately after baking - if you leave it to keep warm, it continues to cook and the crust goes soft. I do like a crunshy crust on a new loaf.
I follow the Panasonic recipe book and make wholemeal bread with pumpkin or sunflower seeds and use 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 200gms of Morrisons wholemeal flour and 300gms of Lidl's strong bread flour and set a delay of 13 hours to complete at 7:15am next day for breakfast at 8.
Cleaning is easy, I fill the bread pan with luke-warm water to soften the crust around the bread paddle and remove it by hand an hour later.
Used it now for 3 years, the paddle's non-stick finish is wearing thin, but bought another spare via eBay for when it's needed.
Highly recommended, really you can't go wrong - and it is highly rated by the Home and cooking magazines.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
The perfect loaf
I purchased the Panasonic SD-253 because it is the best domestic bread maker on the market. I run a busy B & B and have used the 2 Panasonic SD-253 breadmakers I already own at least once a day, sometimes several times a day for the last 2 years, they make simply superb bread in a normal loaf size. The machine is very reliable and is easy to use, just follow the recipe booklet. In the past two years I have spent a fortune on bread making books and still can't find anything to better the small booklet which accompanies the bread maker.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.