My wonderful husband bought me the bread maker for Christmas I’ve been wanting for a while. I love bread. I love fresh bread. I love homemade fresh bread. I do not love kneading and rising and fussing over fresh homemade bread. But boy do I love bread. Have I mentioned that? Since I was a kid, bread has always been my preferred snack of choice. It could be plain, or topped with jam, or cream cheese, or butter, or cheese, or just about anything, and I’m a happy girl. I judge my restaurants and cafes by the quality of their bread. And I despise shop-bought sliced bread, which to me is a poor imitation of the real thing, more resembling cardboard than anything else. I do like supermarket baked unsliced bread, which is what I’ve been buying for the past few years. But now that I have my own bread maker, I’ve been a breadmaking fool. Three loaves this week already!
The bread maker I have (and the one I wanted) is the Panasonic SD2502 Stainless Steel Bread Maker. It’s nice looking and has excellent reviews on Amazon. There’s a separate seed/nut dispenser in the lid which promises to evenly distribute them through the loaf. I was sold. I can’t believe how easy using a bread maker is. You start off by putting the dry ingredients in the main container (flour, sugar, salt, etc), followed by the wet ones (water, butter, etc). You put the yeast in a little container in the lid, as well as any seeds/nuts. Then you choose the appropriate settings and press start. About 4.5 hours later the house starts to smell delicious, and then at the 5 hour mark, the bread is done. Cleaning the bread maker involves a quick wipe with a damp cloth. Seriously – that’s it! And one of the best features of this model is that you can put the ingredients in the machine and set a timer so that you can wake up to fresh bread in the morning.
I have tried the following loaves so far: 100% wholemeal; 50% wholemeal; Pecan, Raisin and Maple; and 100% wholemeal with mixed seeds. I couldn’t try the pecan one because I’m intolerant to nuts, but my step son requested that one specially, and he and the hubs both agreed it was pretty fantastic. I loved the two 100% wholemeal loaves because I like a denser (but soft and squishy) bread, while my son and husband both preferred the 50% loaf because it was as light as air. One thing we all agree on is that this is far better bread than you can buy in any store.
For recipes, I was given a book called ‘Fresh Bread in the Morning’, which is great. Pinterest is an excellent resource, as is the internet in general. But the best one is the booklet which came with the breadmaker itself! There’s a ton of recipes! There are even recipes for tea cakes and jam, which can apparently be made in the bread maker. I also plan to try using the breadmaker for the kneading, and then removing the dough and finishing it in the oven, like for Challah, which needs to be braided.
Overall, I’m thrilled with my new bread maker and would highly recommend it.Pin It