Owning a breadmaker never used to be high up on my list, as my kitchen is quite small and it gets crowded with appliances far too easily, however when my daughter was diagnosed with a soy allergy and I realised just how hard it is to buy bread without soy in it, I went ahead and bought a breadmaker. I did try baking my own bread a few times but it was far too time consuming and I couldn't keep it up, and the specialty soy-free bread was hard to get hold of, expensive, and tasted like cardboard, so I decided to invest in a breadmaker instead.
It took me a while to choose the right kind of breakmaker to suit our household, but I easily narrowed it down to the Morphy Richards brand because it is a trusted British brand that has been going for many years, and most of their products have been tried and tested my many users. In the end I invested in the 48280 Morphy Richards Fast Bake breadmaker, as I had read a few raving reviews of it, and also had a recommendation from a friend. I did look around for smaller versions but couldn't find any - it seems that breadmakers have to be bulky, that's just the way they are made, so I made space in my kitchen by getting rid of the microwave, which I felt we were coming to rely on too much as a family anyway.
The 48280 Fast Bake breadmaker is a typically bulky breadmaking machine. It is a rectangular shape but with curved edges, so it has no pointed or sharp corners. This does give it a nice suave look, and indeed the outer plastic of the breadmaker is shiny and easy to wipe clean, despite it being off-white in colour. It is very durable looking, with a hard outer plastic shell, vents on the sides and back, and a small basin inside for baking bread in.
The bread tin sits in a silver space in the breadmaker, and it is easy to get to as the lid opens and closes with ease. The bread baking tin sits snugly on a small round metal contraption in the breadmaker. Inside the tin is a strange little metal device which is what is used to knead the bread. It looks very simple and it is also very blunt but I can attest that it works and it works well, as I have made so many different kinds of bread over the past 6 months with this machine. The tin has a thin wire handle for transporting it and this is quite strong and durable, but also easy to put out of the way if you don't wish to use it.
You have to be careful not to scratch the tin when you clean it as it is non-stick, but I find that it washes or wipes clean very easily as there is barely any dough left in it after cooking, which is again another huge plus as normally whenever I bake anything by hand I then have to clean up gooey sticky doughy mess on the counter top and any dishes I have used, and sometimes my clothes as well..!
The lid of the Fast Bake has a glass panel you can see through so that you can watch the bread going round and round as it is mixed, which my toddler absolutely loves to do, although she is also slightly afraid of the noise of the appliance when it is on. I don't think it is particularly noisy, as it is not as noisy as our washing machine, but as it takes over an hour to bake some people might get annoyed by the sound.
On the front panel of the breadmaker are a few buttons for adjusting the settings, which is super easy to do, and the maker is automatically set at the basic bread recipe so once your ingredients are in the tin you only have to press one button to get the process started. Once I turned the breadmaker off at the plug while it was in motion but when I turned it back on again it resumed from where it was, which I think is brilliant as otherwise the entire loaf mix would have been wasted.
Now to making the actual bread. This could not be simpler and it takes me less than 5 minutes to throw all the ingredients in the tin - I know because I have timed it. There is an instruction manual that comes with the breadmaker and this includes a number of recipes including ones for muffins and other sweet goods, but I have only ever used the breadmaker to make bread - so far. I usually make the basic loaf recipe as it bakes so well and my daughter loves it, and it is so good to have fresh bread in the house. You can also choose between making a small or a large loaf, so if we have guests I usually make a larger loaf but if not I make a small loaf daily so that it stays nice and fresh when we eat it. You can also choose to brown the bread, to make it more crusty, and a few other features which I have tried but not used again because I am so happy with the basic functions.
Once the ingredients are in the tin you don't even have to mix them up, you just stick them in the breadmaker and it is obvious when the tin has clicked nicely into place as it sits well in there, and then you close the lid and press the start/stop button. Otherwise you can fiddle with the functions to suit the bread you are making but again this is easy to do as the instructions are so simple to follow. I have made Italian herb bread using the given recipe and the same basic setting, and I must say this bread with herbs added to it is delicious, and a fast favourite in this household and therefore another staple. We eat it with hummus and olives or sundried tomatoes at least once a week and feel very Mediterranean when doing so!
The Fast Bake takes only an hour and a half to cook up your loaf of bread while you do other things. I usually put it on at night so that we have a fresh loaf ready in the morning, and I can tell you that nothing surpasses the smell of freshly baked bread when you go downstairs first thing. It does take a while longer to cook when you are using yeast as it stops kneading the dough to let it rise at intervals, but again this has not bothered me as I usually put it on at night. It is safe to do so and also especially ideal if you are making something like a pizza base, as it will still save you masses of time in terms of waiting for the dough to rise.
My only complaint with this breadmaker is the smell it makes when it is kneading the dough. Maybe it is just because I am pregnant and have a sensitive nose and stomach right now but the smell of the yeast baking is just horrible and I can't be downstairs while it is happening. So again putting it on at night is ideal for me as the yeast smell has gone by morning and instead you have the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread, with very little time and effort from yourself. The only thing that might annoy some people about this is that the breadmaker gives a loud beeping sound to let you know when the bread has been made, and we can hear this from upstairs in our house. It doesn't bother me at all, but it might bother some people, in which case you may want to stick to evening or morning baking or else sleep as far away from your baking appliance as you can..!
I have made so much bread with this machine now that I have perfected my own recipe and I must say it has fans in and outside of my household. The basic recipe involves water, bread flour, coconut milk, salt, sugar, freshly chopped rosemary, Vitalite and yeast. The only ingredient I have to buy especially is the yeast, but that costs me less than a pound for several batches of bread so it still works out very economically for me. I realise that the breadmaker has to be plugged in and electricity isn't free, however I no longer have to buy expensive soy-free bread just for the sake of it, when it doesn't even taste nice and still has added stabilisers etc in it. So even if it costs the same or a little more than bought bread does, I feel confident feeding my family this bread as I know exactly what is in it, and when guests are over I can always adjust ingredients accordingly, eg I made a gluten free loaf for a friend with gluten free flour once and she was over the moon about it, as most people don't have the time to make special bread for her and in fact she gets her own on prescription from the doctor as she has Celiac disease, and she said the bread I made was much nicer. So she is now going to invest in a Morphy breadmaker too!
I think you have probably realised by now that I love my breadmaker and I simply couldn't do without it in this household. It is one of the best investments I have ever made and I will get years of fun out of it as it is durable, still working well without a single glitch, and the recipes are so easily adaptable. I have impulsively thrown raisins, berries, even cocoa powder into the standard recipe before and every time have had great results. I have also baked bread using lentil flour and it has been nice and springy to eat, not hard and thick like the shop-bought versions I have tried in the past. Really, I cannot fault this machine. I absolutely love it and I don't know how I managed without it before. Actually, I didn't - I'd spend ages reading bread ingredient lists or asking about ingredients in bakeries and either being turned away no wiser or ending up with a loaf that upset my daughter's tummy - you'd be surprised just how many products they add soy to now, because it seems to have become cheaper than wheat, but personally I don't think we should be eating so much of it in unfermented form, and perhaps that's why so many children have soy allergies now.
I will stop ranting on about my love affair with this breadmaker now and end with a basic summary - 5 stars from me for what is definitely an indispensable product in this household. And worth every penny of the £60 I spent!
Nothing beats the smell of fresh bread. That wonderful whiff you get when you wander past the bakery in the morning is now available in your very own kitchen. Baking bread is something that my family has always done, when I was a kid my gran always used to bake her own bread and we were always treated with a slice when we would visit on a Friday afternoon. Nowadays though the invention of the bread maker has made making bread a simple task that anyone can perform. We have had a bread maker for a few years now but I must confess it's only in the last few months that I have really started to use it and become familiar with it. So our particular bread maker is a Morphy Richards 48280 Fast Bake.
This is a wonderful addition to any kitchen and it has been used on a regular basis for a few years now. I love coming in from work and smelling fresh bread and the bread that this creates really is tasty and also quite healthy which is an added bonus. We do still buy bread in as I'm not overly keen on home made bread for sandwiches, but I do love using home made bread for toast.
So first of all what exactly does a bread maker do? Well quite simply it makes bread! To do this, all you need to do is put all the correct measures of ingredients into the machine, switch it on and then leave it to make the bread. Then when it is finished you simply take the bread out and leave it to cool, walla, home made bread ready for eating.
This particular bread maker is pretty simple. You flip open the lid and there is a large metal case inside the machine. You twist this and it pops out, you then add your ingredients to this large tin. This will also be the shape of your bread if you are making a loaf. There is a small metal handle on the tin and putting the tin back in is easy enough as you simply twist it to lock in in place. Then you close the lid and tap the correct buttons. There are a few different settings you can use on this one, usually we just make a standard loaf, but you can also make rolls, fruit bread and a few other things. Once the machine is working you hear it whirring as it start to mix the ingredients.
The length of time that this takes varies depending on which settings you are using. But a standard loaf takes around two hours to make. When the bread is ready you open the lid up, twist out the tin and then tap the bottom of it so your loaf slide out. One thing to be aware of is that it will be very hot so you need to wear over gloves to do this. The bread usually comes out with no problems. Now you can simply clean the tin and then place it back into the machine for the next use.
Design wise this is also a nice bread maker. It is a little larger than some I have seen but that does not really bother me. It has a nice shape to it and the buttons are easy to press. The lead could maybe be a little bit longer but it is fine if you are near a plug. There is a little window in the lid of the bread maker so you can peer in and watch your bread being made, this can get dirty so give it a clean every now and again.
Price wise I think we paid around £50 for this. This was a few years back so you may be able to pick it up cheaper now. I'm not sure they still make this model so if you want this specific one you may have to pick up a second hand one. We have been using this a few years now and have never had any problems with it so obviously this is quite a reliable machine and it is good value as it last well. So overall then I would have to say this is a very good machine and one that we will no doubt be using for many more years. I often wonder how much we have saved making our own bread over the years, or if in fact we have saved anything at all. But even if not, you still can't beat that wonderful fresh bread smell.
I would definitely recommend this bread-maker to anyone looking for a good sturdy little machine that they can use for a variety of things. The only issue I really have is that this is described most places as a bread maker, and yes, I suppose that's primarily what you'll end up using it for, but it can do way more than that! I only say this because there are definitely cheaper bread-makers on the market, and so if you're just looking for a cheap way to do your own bread, then a simpler model might be a good idea. The reason for the price tag on this product is because it can do a lot more, which is great for people who like to experiment in the kitchen.
There are 12 settings on this particular model, but you can really experiment well with them - even with jam! I've used several of the recipes included in the very handy little booklet that comes with it, and I've never had a bad batch. Which is, let's be honest, pretty much the point of getting a bread-maker instead of doing it by hand. It's great to get a consistently delicious food, and the thing I've found that it makes the best is pizza dough. Follow the recipe in the book and it's just delicious. :)
This machine does all the kneading and waiting and settling for you, so as long as you get the ingredients the same, you're pretty much guaranteed the same loaf. This is just great if you've made something particularly tasty, and would be much more difficult to replicate by hand. It's easy to clean, though sometimes obviously the bread sticks a little bit where it hasn't quite become loaf.
I've used several kinds of flour in there, and so far haven't found any that don't work particularly well, although for some reason, I've always found that wholemeal loaves tend to be softer. Pure white loaves have a little tendency to become quite dense, which I really like, so I haven't tried to "fix" it, but that's the fun of a machine like this - you can find exactly the kind of bread products that you really want to eat.
There are some neat little design features here, such as the little window on the top so you can see how far along your bread is, although that does make it very tempting to take it out before it's actually ready. While it's not a very noisy machine compared to some, it does take 1 - 3 hours depending on what you're making. This doesn't sound so long, but it is considerably longer than an oven would take, and also means that you definitely have to know what you want to cook at least a few hours in advance.
But, then again, that's an issue with all bread-makers, and this one at least is one of the ones with the shortest time to wait for it to be done. It's not small, so you will need to clear out a corner of the kitchen, but don't make the same mistake I did and keep it in a cupboard - you'll very quickly lose the habit of baking with it, and then when you discover it again you'll wonder why you haven't made delicious bread in ages!
The only problem that I have with it is that there is no fix or clasp to prop the lid up. While you're trying to get your bread out, that can be a little bit annoying, especially if you have the thing tucked into a corner of the kitchen like I do.
I have had my bread maker for years, and so far I've had no problems with it whatsoever. I would recommend it for anyone either interested in cooking, or who loves fresh baked bread. Delicious!
This was a lovely Christmas present bought for me about 5 years ago when i was just getting into cooking a lot of my own food from scratch. I heard the model was a good one with consistent results, so i was very pleased to receive it.
On opening the box i was disappointed that i did not have all the ingredients in the house to start straightaway, so had to wait a couple of days till we got to the shops to get it all.
Initially i loved the machine and used it a lot until i fell pregnant and the smell of the yeast used to make me so ill, so i gradually stopped using it as much, and then decided it was not really worth the bother. In spite of being called a fastbake, the quickest loaf i made was 2 hours and 53 minutes, and i soon found i could hand bake a loaf in around an hour from start to finish, so that sealed it for me. There are two cycles on the machine that produce a loaf in 58 minutes but my bread never tasted that good using it, so my machine became redundant.
What i liked about the model:
It is not just a breadmaker. You can also use it for cakes, making pizza dough, or even making jam. The breadmaker came with a very detailed instruction manual/recipe book which enabled you to attempt to use these programmes. As a new mum, it was great when guests were coming to buy a pack of cake mix, whack it in the pan and switch the machine on to cake cycle and have cake to serve your guests.
There are 12 programmes so you can attempt a variety of bread types quite easily. The model below this one only had 8. With this one, i mainly used programme 1 for a basic loaf. Other programmes had various beeps to tell you it was now ok to add the next ingredient (e.g. seeds if you were making a seedy loaf, raisins or nuts when making fruit cakes). I also liked the fact there was a timer, so 12 hours before wanting the bread i could load up the machine. It is really nice to wake up to the smell of fresh bread.
With the timer, i found that as i used dried yeast, i needed to make sure i added this at the very end of the ingredients and made sure it didn't land on top of the water otherwise my loaf was pretty poor. I presume the yeast reactivated to early and then my loaf didn't rise as it should.
What annoyed me about the machine:
1) The length of the cycles that i liked to use most were a bit ridiculous. I wasn't keen on having a machine on for 3 hours for bread or 1.5 hours just for a basic pizza dough.
2) I kept finding that the flour didn't mix in that well, so my loaf would have lumps of flour stuck to the crust and it didn't taste that nice.
3) The paddle that mixes the ingredients would always end up getting stuck in the loaf. It then required you to cut it out leaving a big round hole in the middle of your loaf. Or worse, if you forgot to remove it straight away, i once ended up throwing my paddle away when the loaf went mouldy.
4) Although the bread came out nice and fresh, the next day it would be really hard and not that nice. Or, if my husband got hold of it, he likes 2 rounds of sandwiches, so one loaf only lasted one meal for him. What about the rest of us? Wait another 3 hours for another loaf.
5) The recipe i mainly used required careful measuring out of the yeast. I don't know why they couldn't just use a recipe requiring a whole sachet as if you didn't use all the yeast in one go, then the next time that yeast had been exposed to the air and the load would not rise at all.
In summary, as breadmakers go, this is a nice machine. It is attractive, easy to clean and comes with good recipes and instructions. This includes troubleshooting if your loaves are more like house bricks.
However, it doesn't always make a nice loaf, and it is ironically named fastbake. I find it easier and quicker to make dough by hand now. It was a good starter machine but not for someone who is serious about making their own bread. If you work, it is a good time saver, but if you are at home you will get better results from rolling your sleeves up i'm afraid.
Mine just sold on ebay, so still a popular model.
I was bought this Breadmaker about 5 years ago as a gift.
My initial reaction was that although it looked good, it would start off being used out of novelty factor and end up being shelved in the garage. I'm please to say that is not what happened.
The breadmaker is a nice compact size and sits happily on the worksurface in my kitchen. It's approx 12 inches high, 10 inches wide and 15 inches deep. It is predominantly made of white plastic, with a silver digital control panel on the front. To access the baking area of the machine there is a hatch at the top. The hatch has a window so that you can see your bread whilst it is baking - without being tempted to open the lid. The whole design of the machine is stylish and quite minimalist.
The breadmaker comes with a comprehensive instruction and recipe booklet. There are 12 different settings that can be used according to which recipe you are following. All of the recipes are simple to follow and very difficult to get wrong.
It is quite impressive that one setting allows you to bake a 2lb loaf of bread in 58 minutes. As measuring in the ingredients only takes about 5 minutes, that means you can have fresh, hot bread within an hour of it taking your fancy.
As well as a 2lb loaf, the machine will bake 1lb and 1.5lb loaves.
The instructions leaflet also gives recipes for dough to make hot cross buns, pizza bases and bread rolls. Additionally, there is a recipe and setting for making jam, although this is not something I've tried.
To make the bread you have to remove the baking pan, which is found beneath the top hatch of the breadmaker. It is easily released - it simply locks in and out of position by turning. At the bottom of the baking pan is a kneading blade which allows the machine to mix the ingredients and kneae dough. The blade is not sharp and is also easily removable for cleaning.
Once you have decided which recipe to follow you simply measure out the ingredients, using the handy measuring devices included with this product - a cup and 2 double ended measuring spoons. As long as you add the ingredients accurately and in the order that they are listed, you can't got wrong. It is very important to add them in the right order, as if your yeast comes into contact with liquids too early, the bread will not rise properly.
The breadmaker has an easy to set timer, allowing you to delay the start of the breadmaking cycle by up to 13 hours - great if you want to set the machine up the night before and wake up to fresh bread in the morning.
Once your bread has finished baking, the machine will beep to let you know it has finished. You can then remove the baking pan (using oven gloves at it will be very very hot) and allow the bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then turn the pan upside down and carefully tip the bread onto a cooling rack. I often find that the kneading blade is embedded in the bread, but it can be removed easily once the bread has cooled.
This machine makes it easy to bake fresh and tasty bread at a very low price. I've worked out that it equates to approx 35p a loaf. The only downside is that the loaf will not keep as long as the standard type you buy in the shop - due to the lack of preservatives. However, if eaten on the 1st or 2nd day it tastes great.
This is a great little piece of technology.
You can make anything in it from white bread to brown bread and rolls or pizza dough.
Its sooo easy to use all you do it measure out the ingredients, (an instruction manual is included and also a jug as all recipies are mesaured in cups) pop all the ingredients in and turn it on and leave it.
It also has a time delay on it so you can put all the ingredients in the night before and set it so the bread is ready for the time you wake up in the morning so you have fresh bread, and nothing beats the smell of bread baking in the morning.
Also it gives you the basic recipies for simple loafs but you don't have to stick to them you can adjust them to your tastes or add in extras e.g nuts or raisins.
This is the best £50 i have ever spent in my life.
I have had owned this breadmaker for about a year now and have made many a lovely loafs from it.
Included with the breadmaker is a easy to follow instruction manual, telling you everything you need to know about how to operate the maker and also a good recipe list with instructions on how to make breads (including your basic white and brown to more exciting cheese and onion or raisen bread) The maker also makes sweet breads such as chocolate, mixed fruit or banana bread.
One of the recipes I particularly enjoy is the recipe for pizza dough. You make this in the maker and then cook the pizza in the oven and this is perfect! There are many other dough recipes including rolls and hot cross buns.
The maker is also capable of making jams and cakes but I have yet to try these so cannot comment on the outcome.
One of the handy things about this model is that it has a built in timer which is very usefull if you like to wake up in the morning to the smell of a fresh loaf ready to be eaten :)
The only bad thing I can say about this machine is that the mixing blade often gets stuck in the bottom of the loaf resulting in a hole in the bottom of your loaf when removed.
Overall a great easy to use purchase!
There's something wonderful about the smell of freshly baked bread, and that is probably why bread makers are an increasingly popular gadget in the kitchen. I've owned this model for a couple of years or so, and whilst I can't say that I bake my own bread every day, I do find it to be a useful little machine. I paid £35 for it on offer, it is currently available from about £40-80. I would say at the lower end of the price range it is a good buy.
The machine itself:
The first thing to say about this machine is that it is a bit of a beast. The user manual talks optimistically about its size being "compact", but when I measured mine it is approximately 28cm high and wide, and 38cm deep. This, to me, is hardly small, and though I do actually have a cupboard in which it will fit, you might want to check where you are going to store it prior to purchase, as it does take up a fair bit of space on your work top and is not the most attractive looking of machines in all honesty.
It is billed as a cool touch machine, and even mid baking I do find that to be true. It has a removable pan with a paddle, into which you put the ingredients, and a digital display for the various programmes. The viewing window is quite handy to check on the progress of your loaves or dough, but you can also flip up the lid mid programme to check on your baking or to add fruit or nuts.
The machine comes with 12 programmes, one of which is actually just a "press this button if you want the loaf to cook longer" affair, and two of which are fast bake loaves. You can find full details of the various programmes in the manual, I've included a link to this at the bottom of this review from the manufacturer's website. I have found through my use of this machine that the fastbake "bread in 58 minutes" programme doesn't produce the best results, (to be fair the manufacturer does warn that the loaf baked by this method is likely to be heavier and wetter, which it is), and in actual fact I tend to mainly just use the wholemeal, dough and basic white loaf programmes. I have yet to have the urge to make jam or cakes in the machine, but should I wish to I could, and the Fast Bake keeps everything warm for an hour.
Using the machine:
Using the machine is simple enough, I find that the pan, which has a 1.5lb loaf or 2lb loaf capacity (shouldn't that be kg these days?), is easily slotted in and removed once cooking is done. It has to be handwashed as it is not dishwasher safe due to its non-stick finish.
More expensive machines have a special drawer for adding fruit to go into the dough after the initial mixing, there are not such gimmicks here though to be fair the machine does beep to let you know when you could add the nuts and at the end of cooking. This, to me, has made me unlikely to use the timer feature in order to have hot bread in the morning as it is quite loud, overall I think that there are enough features for most people's use.
Setting the programmes is easy enough, you press the menu button until the number of the programme you require appears, there is a reminder of what the programmes mean on the machine itself. My most used programme is number 8 for making naan, bread roll and pizza dough. I've pushed the start button on the wrong one a few times, and I do find the lack of cancel button an annoyance in this case, you have to switch the machine off at the plug in this case. You can choose how browned you want your loaf to be, and also need to press one of the 6 buttons to select the loaf size you are making.
My one niggle with the machine would be the paddle, the part which mixes the dough. This is removed after use for washing, but does leave a big void in a finished loaf - I believe more expensive machines have retractable blades. It does also get stuck onto the machine at times - the manual advises soaking, but sometimes I've really struggled to remove the paddle at all. Also because there is a void between the bread pan and inside of the machine, which contains the element which cooks the bread, if you are not careful adding ingredients you can find flour spills over the sides and gets burned on the element, it is not easily removed.
That apart the machine does work pretty well. It is a little noisy at parts of the mixing programme, and as mentioned does beep rather over loudly, but it does bake bread reasonably well. You do need to be careful to add water at the recommended 21 degrees plus or your finished product will be rather heavy. The manual is pretty comprehensive and does provide plenty of trouble shooting tips if your bread doesn't turn out as expected. It is pretty non-complicated as the measurements are all in cups (one provided), and you can also use your own recipes. I find I get best loaf results by using one of the longer programmes or by using a yeast improver such as the one lakeland sells, or "proving" the yeast. To prove the yeast you just let it stand in a measuring jug of water, to the measurements as per the manual, with water, for 10 minutes prior to starting the programme and until it starts to produce bubbles.
I would say that you should think carefully before you buy this or any other breadmaker, it is one of those items that can too easily be a white elephant. I have found I have used it at least once or twice a week since I have owned it but that I don't make all my bread with it, simply as I have a busy life and also bread made in this manner goes stale more quickly. It does produce good results and for me it was worth the purchase price purely to be able to make pizza dough easily, however I wouldn't pay £80 for this machine and £50 or so is a more reasonable price. It comes with a 2 year guarantee, and mine has already lasted longer than that.
Construction wise it is fairly well made and has worn well - the buttons do feel a little cheap to the touch, and as I have already said it isn't aesthetically pleasing in my opinion, or particularly compact, but at the right price this is a no-nonsense, easy to use and effective machine that is definitely well worth considering if you are thinking of making your own bread or dough. This machine makes actually doing so a fairly simple and achievable affair.
More details also available on the Morphy Richards website, where you can also purchase spare parts for this machine.
My sister in law bought this breadmaker for me last month and I absolutely love it. I can not reccommend it enough, I keep telling every one about it. You do need to be precise with your measuring or your bread can flop. I have made white, brown and wholemeal bread. I have also tried the chcolate bread and an olive and cheese bread, all which have come out lovely. I do find that the rapid bake function does make the bread dough like, but it has a programmable function, so I usuallly add the ingredients the night before and then set the timer for a couple of minutes after my alarm cock so that I wake up to the smell of bread baking and it tastes incredible too. The paddle has got stuck in the bread twice, but considering that I have used the breadmaker everyday (sometimes twice a day) for +-40 days, I am not complaining. The breadmaker does shake when it is kneading, but its not that loud so unless you are standing next to it, then it should not be a problem. I would recommend this breadmaker to anyone.
An excellent bread maker. I received this bread maker as a wedding present a few months ago and making bread is now a daily activity in my household, the bread maker is set every night and in the morning I wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread.
It comes with a recipe booklet which gives several options for baking ranging from white, brown and granary loaves to pizza bases, dognuts and sweet breads. The size of the loaf can be altered from 1lb, 1 and a half lb, to 2lb loaves.
Standard baking usually takes between 2 to 3 hours in time, but the wait is well worth it. At least now I know how much salt and sugar is being placed in my loaf I eat.
The only issue I have is that the white loaf tends to sink in the middle, but this seems to be the flour and mixing half whole wheat and half whit flour gives a good rise and tastes like a whit loaf only healthier!
Not impressed with this breadmaker.
Firstly the good points, it mixes the bread well, and i use it all the time it i'm making any kind of dough to kneed and prove the dough. It also have many diffrent programs. The machine is quiet to use and isn't too bulky that if you wanted to leave it out on the kitchen top you could. The tin comes out easy, and is simple to clean.
Now the bad points:
Once it has mixed the bread, it cooks it in the same tin, which is a poor shape for a loaf, almost square so the bread rises making a very odd shapped loaf.
It is very hard to get the loaf out once it is cooked and has on some occasions become a challenge to see who can actually get the bread out. The crust on the loaf if very very thick, even though i've used several different mixtures, it always comes out the same. The middle of the loaf normally comes out very light, too light for my taste.
In conclusion it is a good mixer and no more.
I was given this a few years ago as my friend had a new one, they knew I'd had my eye on them so I had a go, I have been using it ever since.
It's easy to assemble and easy to follow the instructions, make sure as it says that you put the yeast on top of the dry ingredients in other words put the liquid in first, then the flour and then the rest of the dry ingredients sit on top of the flour.
Ooo also top tip! before you put the paddle in put a little veg/olive oil inside the hole, then put the paddle in, it helps the bread come out easier! usually means the paddle stays in the bread but you can carefully remove it then rather than getting a huge hole!
I have made jam in my machine and it's fab, you put all the ingredients in and an hour or so later pour into jars and you have jam!! fab so easy. I've made apple & raspberry, apple and black currant using apples from our tree.
You can buy replacement paddles and inners so that is really useful as i've used mine so much the paddle got a bit scratched so I bought a new one.
It's easy to clean. One down side the cable isn't that long and it's quite large for storage, I keep mine out on the work top because then I actually use it, I find if I keep it in the cupboard I don't use it so much.
It has plenty of options, you can make dough ready to make rolls/batches/baps (depending where you are in the country!). Just load it as for bread and select the dough option, then the dough is all ready to make into small bread roll shapes then cook in your normal oven.
The only thing I find annoying about bread makers is to get a larger loaf they make them so the bread is taller rather than longer in length, so the loaf is actually no bigger but you get a larger slice of bread. This machine does 1.5 and 2lb loaves.
I think it's a great machine and I've had great fun exprementing with different options with some disasters on the way but thats part of the fun!
My husband had vaguely fancied a breadmaker so, before he bought one for me I got one for him! I bought the Morphy Richards one from Argos at under £50 as an extra surprise Christmas present, much to his shock! He set to straight away though,and we have been eating the most delicious thick, crusty bread ever since. The white loaf has so few additives that it doesn't make your tummy bloat like shop bought ones. He has had a few dud ones - mainly cos he didn't read the booklet all the way through. It was quite a few weeks later that he found the troubleshooting section right at the back!
Some friends have breadmakers that cost more than twice the price, but with no better results. I would recommend it to anyone - male or female. You don't need to be a good cook. Its all set down for you, and you can always use the ready made cake mixes - Hovis or Wrights etc - they turn out just as well. When you buy the ready made loaf mixes at the supermarket anyone standing nearby will look at you with envy. Some go - wooh, breadmaker?
A couple of tips would be that some mixes need slightly more water, and if you mix half white and half granary together that makes a gorgeous loaf! It took a while before we mastered how to best cut it, and it does cut thicker than a normal sliced loaf, but all to the good! Some people recommend a food slicer, as that way, all the slices are even.
Anyway, we wouldn't be without ours, and my husband really enjoys using it. Early evening put in the mix and its cooked before you go to bed. He then turns the loaf upside down to get rid of the hot air. In the morning - fresh, tasty bread for your breakfast!
Go on, enjoy!
I was bought one of these breadmakers chrismas before last (i asked for one!) and sad to say it is now sat in my cupboard not used in a long while. It was used a handful of times but i calculated it cost more to buy the ingredients than it did to buy bread from the supermarket! Having said this this decision was made after i had a particularly useless (on my part) baking disaster with the bread machine in question. Prior to that i had made lovely bread with it and was planning to be a bit more adventurous. However we are having our house extended and the bread machine was deemed as clutter hence moved into the cupboard! Once my nice new kitchen is finished i have the intention to remove the breadmaker from the cupboard and resume its use. To make the bread i initially wanted to (such as those you cannot buy or are highly priced in shops)- using tomatoes, olives, fruits and so on to create savoury and sweet breads. In any case the breadmaker is reasonably simple to use once i had read the instructions a few times- although a little confuding initially. I think if you have the time to use and consume the produce of the bread it is a fair investment for the cost of the purchase.
Unfortunately my experiences with this particular bread maker haven't been very successful.
Prior to purchasing I did make bread by hand, but decided that a bread maker would make a nice little time saving gadget.
I actually saw this one recommended in Which magazine, and, since it was in my price bracket, I bought one.
The first, I believe I bought from Asda, but it had a mind of it's own and no matter what stage it was at n the process it would always return to mixing mode again at some inconvenient point and render the bread useless.
That one was shipped back to the shop but I didn't deter and got another.
Although not quite as wicked minded as the first, this one never seemed to bake the bread properly. The crust would turn brown but further down the loaf I ended up with a white, pasty, rather ill-looking loaf.
The machine wasn't returned and I did persevere with most of the settings to see if it would improve matters, but it never did.
After moving house it was confined to its box but on removal I discovered the mixing paddle had gone missing.
Here I found that Morphy Richards don't quite live up to their customer service reputation either.
I went on line and found, what I thought, was the correct one. Telephoned and ordered it and it was shipped out very quickly.
Unfortunately it was the wrong paddle - apparently there are lots of different ones and unless you supply them with the serial number of your machine it very possibly won't fit.
I did telephone and request another but apparently it was 'my fault,' because I didn't ask the customer service representative's advice. Well, okay, a bit my fault I suspect, but if you ever need to order spares do remember to ask their representatives everything - that way you cannot be held responsible for any errors.
All the above aside, I still use the bread maker but on the dough making setting only. It's still handy and saves a lot of the initial messy hassle in mixing the dough and you can then remove it and do as you will - teacakes, rolls etc.
So, no, my experiences mean that I cannot really recommend this product. It comes in at around £30-£35, so isn't expensive if you know you are the kind of person who buys gadgets and then consigns them to the deepest, darkest cupboard.
It does up to a 2lb loaf, so good for a family and the settings are nice and clear to see on the front.
It is a large piece of kit though and not one I would want to be dragging out of the cupboard to use on a regular basis, so I would check out where you would keep it first.
Had mine worked and cooked the bread as I liked to see, I would have found the product easy to use, have easy instructions and be relatively easy to clean, provided you remember to wipe the inside of the casing on a regular basis, and for the money, I would have been quite pleased.
Breadmaker 3 Loaf Sizes 12 Programme Cool Touch