Breadmaker

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violet eyes

Breadmaker

I've just bought one and I wish I'd bought it sooner. After reading the excellent reviews on the best one to buy, I thought it's now or never.
It takes just a couple of minutes to load the machine and away you go. In a few hours you have a very tasty loaf. I have tried a few recipes and they are all delicious especially the french bread.
Since getting it I've not bought any bread so apart from buying the flour I'm saying money.

What have you bought for your kitchen that you wish you'd bought sooner?

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Essex Girl

Kitchen Equipment

I love all my gadgets but would miss the Bamix. The breakmaker is useful, too, if you just want to make dough for rolls, pizza, Italian breads, etc.

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Dolly Mixture

Breadmaker

I got prez of a red KitchenAid food mixer last Xmas & love it. Hoping for the KitchenAid Food Processor this year!! I have a breadmaker which I love too but have recently started to make my own bread from scratch - hooked on it now via Paul Hollywood's 100 Great Breads & now have a collection of other bread books. I'm forever making bread & haven't bought for quite a while. - Dolly Mixture

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JAMES

Breadmaker.

I didn't bother to replace mine when it broke. Bought myself a loaf tin instead!

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violet eyes

breadmaker

Yes it is nice to make your own bread by hand, been doing it for 40 years.
My problem was the bread was never ready till the afternoon , later if it was cold in the kitchen. Too late for lunch.
I like being able to choose what time it's ready and if using the timer that allows for that, plus it's so much more convenient, I can get on with my life while the machine does it's job. I also think that the bread is far better than any of the bread/rolls I ever made, but I never had any complaints.

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JAMES

Bread

I know what you mean. I was very lucky, Gerry from on here typed out a wonderful email to me telling me what to do and since then, my bread has been much better, not that it was awful before but.....

I don't always have the time, and luckily we have several really good local bakers to get decent stuff from too, but when I have the time, I really enjoy it.

Warm bread with some butter on it.... yum!

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Gerry

bread


"My problem was the bread was never ready till the afternoon , later if it was cold in the kitchen. Too late for lunch."
I often leave the dough over 2 or 3 days, the bowl well covered at normal room temperature. If wanting bread for lunch I can make it in the morning, since the dough will have been sitting happily overnight. If making enough for a loaf plus rolls I break off enough for what's wanted.

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Queen of Puds

Bread - Q for Gerry...

If you leave it for 2 to 3 days doesn't it over-prove & collapse? How do you stop that happening?

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JAMES

Bread.

I often make the dough the night before and leave it in the bowl.

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Gerry

slow bread


"If you leave it for 2 to 3 days doesn't it over-prove & collapse? How do you stop that happening? "

Just knock it down as usual, then carry on.
Some bakers say better bread is produced by long fermentation but I have no evidence.

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Essex Girl

Proving Bread

Gerry - how can you tell if it's over-proved? Does it just look too "stretched"?

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Gerry

over-proving bread dough


" Gerry - how can you tell if it's over-proved? Does it just look too "stretched"? "
I've heard of it but never had a problem. You're going to add extra flour when you knock it down, because of the moisture produced during fermentation while it rests, then knead again and let it rise.

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violet eyes

breadmaker

I have tried the half sponge method where it is left overnight also overnight no knead loaf, they are ok.
Dan Lepard's easy white loaf is very good, his method of 3x 10 second kneading is excellent for saving time and the bread was very good.
But I don't have the time to make homemade bread in these ways very often, other things to do and that's why for me the breadmaker is now the way forward.
As for over proving the dough this has happened to me a few times, left too long in the airing cupboard it looked like a deflated ballon.

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katiesm

which

i have been reading breadmaker reviews for a while now i have narrow down my choices down to 5 breadmakers i have found on this review which goes inot great detail but should i go for the panasonic breadmaker or kenwood

http://www.kitchengadgets.org.uk/how-to-find-the-best-breadmakers/

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Thistledo

Breadmaker

I'm on my third breadmaker - they've all been Panasonic. Wouldn't dream of changing the manufacturer. It msy cost more but you do get what you pay for.
A WORD OF WARNING, however, I had to phone Panasonic for help as on receipt of the new Breadmaker, a few weeks ago, apart from the first white loaf, the following wholemeal loaves were awful. It turns out that it's because of the poor wheat crops worldwide, ie not enough gluten in it. The advice I received was to do a Rapid Bake and it's worked. Be selective with whose flour you use. I'm advised that Carr's is probably the best. We'll have to live with this low gluten flour until we see what this coming year's weather does.

 
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