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ParanoidESE

Which Bread Machine

Hi, I am new here. Have just discovered how lovely home made bread is compared to the stuff from supermarkets. I am looking to buy a breadmaker, but just cannot decide which one to get. I picked up an old Cookworks one which is not very good so was looking to buy a decent one - up to £100. Does anyone have a recommendation?

 

Many thanks

 

Steve

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gmagmabaking2

I have an Oster bread machine that I am pleased with.... gathers dust a lot though because I prefer to use my KA, or mix and knead by hand.

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HerBoudoir

I have a Zojirushi model BB-CEC20 which is the 2 lb size, and I love it.    My mom has had hers for 15+ years and my sister has had hers for 10 years and have used them regularly for that time period.

It's one of the more expensive machines, but the family history of durability means a lot to me.

Now, that said - I rarely actually bake in it.   I prefer to use it to make dough, then I pull the dough out, let rise again, and bake in my oven for a better shaped loaf or rolls or a boule or whatever.   I just made basic white bread today and baked in a loaf pan for sandwich bread for the week.    The crust is more even and I don't have the paddle holes in the bottom, so it's worth the extra effort.

Letting my Zo do the kneading and proofing makes breadmaking much easier for me and means that I'm far more likely to bake bread regularly than I would otherwise.   

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ParanoidESE

Thanks for your comments and your help. Millstone sent me a link to a Panasonic 2500, it seems the best for my price range so I bought it! Baking my first loaf now! Many thanks again. I looked up Zojirushi but couldn't find any bread makers! I couldnt find Oster from Uk dealers. I think the Panasonic will be perfect - but I will wait until I get the first loaf.

 

Incidently, I bought my flour from Shipton Mill. It looks much better than the stuff from Tesco.

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HerBoudoir

Have fun with your new toy :-)      Learning to use a bread machine does take some time so don't be disappointed if you have some less-than-perfect loaves - just tweak, evaluate and try again.    Also, take advantage of the dough setting on your machine and have fun making rolls, free form loaves, and other goodies.   

The recipes that come with your machine are probably a good place to start, but there's also some good bread machine baking sites and cookbooks out there that will expand your repetoire greatly.