My life with a Kenwood BM250 breadmaker
We had a breadmaker for quite a few years which only saw occasional use because it was easier to buy bread, so it became a worktop ornament. Then, in December 2007 I injured my back at work, which led to 6 weeks sick leave. Boredom prompted me to use the breadmaker instead of buying bread, but soon found that the 600 gramme loaves were too small for our family, so I read all the reviews on breadmakers that I could find. I decided on the Kenwood BM250 which will make a larger loaf; at the time the best price was at Currys, so off I went to buy one.
Reviews suggested a problem with the pan retaining clips which resulted in the pan lifting off the driving dogs and the dough being left un-mixed, but we didn't have a problem with it. I think it did it once or twice, but I was there at the time and just pushed the pan back down. I can see that it would be a problem if the program was timed to start in the early hours of the morning ready for breakfast, but that never happened in my case. Any occurrences we had were only at the beginning of our ownership, so I can only assume it was the 'newness' wearing off.
From the start, it was simplicity itself to use; it comes with a clever variable measuring spoon for the dry ingredients and a measuring cup for the liquids. I used them at the beginning, but later bought a cheap set of stainless steel measuring spoons since they are easier to clean. I also found a foolproof way of measuring the liquids; I placed the pan on our digital scales, and, since 1 millilitre of water weighs 1 gramme I simply weighed the water. I found that corn oil made the best bread, so I measured it out once and again weighed it, so that I just needed to pour the 18 grammes which the 22.5 millilitres weighs straight into the pan. Simples . . . ;-)
The machine has been in constant use from 2007 until May 2011, making bread daily unless we were on holiday and has proved very reliable. We occasionally also make bread rolls for a change and sometimes I'll substitute some of the white flour with wholemeal. We have also used the jam-making program when we had picked blackberries and found it makes very good jam using just granulated sugar instead of the (expensive) preserving sugar. In desperation, we have made the occasional rapid-bake loaf on the 58 minute program but didn't like it as much as the usual recipe we follow; it's too heavy and doughy.
Due to two days of solid jam-making, the paddle became hard to turn and I had to try and free it off. To be fair, the machine was never designed for this kind of abuse and We've since bought a preserving pan to use on the stove-top. I don't think it did the machine any good, since the driving shaft in the pan has been stiff to turn ever since.
I would thoroughly recommend this machine for its ease of use and reliability, together with the delicious MONEY-SAVING bread it makes. I was buying Tesco strong white bread flour at 50p for 1.5Kg which makes 3 very good loaves using 450g each, but this is now £1 (but still cheaper than buying bread). If there is a downside, it is that the paddle leaves a hole in the middle of the loaf. I have tried taking the paddle out once it's finished its last operation (the timings are in the instruction book) but it requires split-second timing . . .
Our breadmaker finally died last week due to terminal problems with the shaft in the pan so I went out and bought a new one - I like it that much!!
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Kenwood BM250 Bread Maker
I bought the BM250 as a replacement for my BM200. I had worn out the 200, using it everyday for 2 years!
I've been disappointed with the BM250.
Firstly, the instruction book covers 2 models, the BM250 & the BM350. The recipes are not clearly marked for the different machines. One section even has the wrong model listed.
The breadmaker is not so well insulated so be careful where you use it.Worse than that, it is more susceptible to draughts, & loaves collapsing near the end of the cycle.
Taking these issues into account, I like the easy design of the Kenwood. It makes "proper" shape loaves not tall square ones. It is easy to clean & isn't too large to store, it has a footprint of 33x22cm.
It has a good range of recipes & settings for loaf size, loaf type, and crust colour.
If you position it out of draughts & are careful which model the recipe is for then it is an excellent machine. Happy baking!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Kenwood Bread and jam maker++
One can make so many various types of bread, and even make the expenive ones in the shops so much cheaper and with less salt, you can make preserves and jam in it, and use it to make pizza dough or rolls or whatever takes your fancy all done in one pot so kneeding no provong evertyhing done for you just chuck in gredients in the pot and watch it do all the things until it comes out a perfect loaf around 750 grammes in weight.I actuallu bought one before this new one and this one was a christmas presy for my young daughter, she loves it. The company I bought it from were marvellous and very obliging it was wrapped well and delivered by courier next day along with the other appliance I bought kenwood food processor, again for same daughter, and I only had to pay for one item to be delivered the other one delivered free, would definately go back and buy from this company again. But going back to the bread it tastes wholesome, natural and as I said you can make all kinds, of variations by adding a bit of this and thatm eg, Olive bread tomatoe, cheese, pizza. whatever the list is endless, and also no more constant stirrring and testing of Jam this machine does it all for you. all you do is put it in to sterilised jars and label, and store and eat..... I think the only thing one could say against the idea of gome made bread is " watch your waist line as its very " morish and one wants more than normal.. but again in dividual taste as to what you eat and what you dont.
Crumbs - I wish I'd bought one years ago....
I had been thinking about getting a bread maker for a couple of years now, but felt I couldn't justify the expense or the space in the kitchen. However I finally decided to give it a try and having been told that the Kenwood BM250 came second in a recent Good Housekeeping survey, the first choice being bigger and more expensive, I decided to treat myself. What a fantastic machine! I am a complete convert to home baked bread - no additives, no packaging, fresh bread every day - who could resist! And it makes cakes and jam as well. No going back now - I'm feeding the family, the neighbours, my workmates. Certainly buying a breadmaker was one of my better decisions!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Kenwood BM250 Bread Machine
This is my first bread machine. Looks good and is reasonably compact. Overall it is very good and my first few loaves have come out well and improving. The display could be a bit clearer and a " reset " button would be handy, if you accidentally hit " start" before you are completely set to go you have to switch off and wait 8 min before you can start again. The recipe book is not great or well laid out and the time charts are a bit complicated and in a separate part of the book. All of these are fairly minor niggles and just slow you up a bit from getting the results you want.Cleaning is a doddle. I have found that I have had to make small adjustments to the recipes, and the " trouble- shooting " section has been very useful for this. So nice machine - but would be improved with a better book. A little red light warning of the periods when it is inadvisable to open the lid would be good too. M
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