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Daydreaming



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 05 8:10 pm    Post subject: Which bread-maker?  Reply with quote    

I'm thinking about a buying a bread-maker. Could anyone advise me which one might be a good buy?
I understand that home bread makers can be prone to leaving holes in the middle. This I would like to avoid so the filling won't fall out of my sandwiches
TIA

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 05 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Take a look at this thread: http://forum.downsizer.net/about3246.html

Most machines leave a hole in the base of the loaf which is where the padle goes. It doesn't cause much of a problem as long as you take the padle out before slicing the loaf.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 05 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I won't miss a opportunity to plug the panasonic 253. its fantastic, I couldn't live life as we know it without it. I haven't bought a loaf a bread, a roll, a tortilla, a hot corss bun or a pizza since christmas.

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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 05 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
Panasonic 253.


I'm glad someone said that before me. That's the one I'd recommend and I gave one to my mum as we're so please with ours.

sandra17



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I agree on the Panasonic 253. It's brilliant.
Sandra

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I asked this question some months ago. As a result of the responses I bought the panasonic. It is great and so easy to use.

thos



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got a Samsung.

I don't know if it is a problem with this model or breadmakers generally, but although the crust where the tin is is very crisp, the crust at the top of the loaf is hardly there, even on the extra-browning option.

It is supposed to make 1200g as well as 900g and 600g, but the 1200g overflows the tin so I have to make 900g, which is not a full day's supply, so we buy some bread too. It takes 10 minutes preparation and 4h30m to cook.

The taste is fantastic, especially for toast, which the local bread is not very good at.

We have never tried anything other than simple bread in ours.

cab



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brevilles seem to have the advantage of breaking within the warranty, so you have the joy of going to replace it at least once every six months

We've played that game for long enough, and now have a panasonic. I'd say that our oild Brevilles gave us a better result, but they just weren't worth the hassle.

Daydreaming



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm I right in understanding the panasonic is around £90 !

Bugs



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's been available for less than £70 at various times. Try Comet and its ilk, Amazon, and department stores with 10% off days.

I think one of its main appeals is alleged durability, which is important to me.

If you're a bit short though, a Team (?) one did well in the Which? tests last year.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
and I gave one to my mum as we're so please with ours.


That's a bit scary - me too! Browning is usually fine, and it does (really) make different size loaves (although the large slice won't fit in the toaster all at once!)

Yes, its 80 quid on amazon. I haven't regretted it , and use it every other day, minimum. Got any birthdays coming up? When I was looking into it, people who had bought cheap ones didn't use them, cos they didn't like the bread, but everyone raved about the panasonic. I've never worked out the economics, but if it hasn't paid for itself yet, I'd be surprised (it sure as hell beats trekking out to the bakers every few days, especially as they had all those nice cakes, and I had to drive past the chocolate shop!) If it broke, I would buy another one tommorow, no matter what I had to sell on ebay to fund it (Soul? OH, not the dogs though!)

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I bought a £20 one from a supermarket- I think its a Pacific brand one. It does three settings, no timer, but is fairly foolproof. We eat hardly any bread and usually himself makes it the traditional way, so this gets used mostly on housework and gardening days when we sling in a loaf for lunch knowing we don't have to fiddle with it. It does what I want fine, but if we ate more bread I'd want something with more settings probably.

moggins



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Unfortunately you can't buy the one that I have anymore

I have a Morphy Richards Twin Loaf Rapide and it's a wonderful machine. The only time I've had a failure was when I used old yeast.

It's currently making two loaves of onion bread

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Any other mprphy richards users/recomendations? We've got a friend who works for them and can get stuff cheap so we're looking at getting a breadmaker.

moogie



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i've got a Hinari which I got for £30 and has always done me proud, up three bakings a day for years and it tastes fine. But wouldn't mind one with a double tin, those exist don't they? takes about a minutes prep and 3hrs 35 for baking.

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