There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh bread in the morning but not everyone has time these days for kneading and proving, myself included. I love kitchen gadgets and if you asked me 10 years ago what my number one kitchen gadget was I would have answered “a bread maker“.
I last saw my bread maker 5 years ago when we moved from Newcastle to Warwickshire, I had always planned to replace it as soon as we moved but just never got round to it. I now don’t have a choice but to get my hands dirty when I want the kitchen to fill with the smell of baked bread which isn’t as often as I would like.
I’ve baked a number of loafs of bread by hand over the past few years, my Olive and Walnut bread was probably my favourite, crispy on the outside and soft, fluffy and flavoursome on the inside – but it took a long time from start to finish so I’ve never made it again.
The Herby Garlic bread I made back in 2015 was a huge hit with my family, I can still remember how delicious it tasted when still warm from the oven and slathered in slated butter. I’ve never made it since though as it was just too time consuming and my time is limited.
There is a pattern here when it comes to making bread. Both myself and my family love fresh bread but as I’m the one doing the cooking and I’m the one with the most limited time, it just doesn’t happen very often.
I must admit that recently I’ve been thinking about purchasing a bread maker and the one that I have my eye on is a fully automated Panasonic Bread Maker that not only bakes a standard loaf but also has settings for artisan and rustic breads and scones. One function that’s really important to me is being able to create Pizza dough. As a family we love homemade pizza so having a machine that can prepare the dough for me is a huge selling point. The jam function isn’t a major “need” for me but it’s something that I would find incredibly useful especially in the months when the brambles are over producing and friends provide us with their excess rhubarb from their allotment.
The model I’m currently looking at is the Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker SD-2511K which retails at £149.99 and appears to offer all of the functions that I require from a bread maker. I’d love to hear from you if you own this model.
Whilst researching bread makers I did discover that some models offer gluten free bread, pasta and cake modes which is something I’ve never seen before and it shows just how far kitchen gadgets have come on over the years, I know these machines will appeal to a lot of my friends who struggle with gluten.
Do you own a bread maker? What’s your favourite machine recipe?