Bread makers: a buyer’s guide
Bake Off is back, so why not unleash your inner Paul Hollywood and tackle bread making? If the thought of going in from scratch is a bit daunting, a bread maker could be the perfect investment to bridge the gap.
Here, Good Homes magazine picks out the best bread makers on the market to help you rise to the occasion…
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1. Touch screen talent
The Lakeland Touch Screen Bread Maker has an innovative double-padded loaf pan and multiple loaf sizes to choose from. Alongside the removable bread pan and machine, this also comes with two kneading blades, a measuring cup, spoon and hook so you have everything you need to create delicious bread straight off.
The silver and black sleek design immediately stands out, and the 12 preset functions include sweet bread, gluten-free bread, and dough, as well as cake, jam, and yoghurt. Plus, the touch screen panel is on the front, rather than the top, making it easy to program to create your desired loaf. This is definitely an investment for any keen home cook or budding Bake Off contestant.
2. Space saver
Boasting 21 automatic programs, the Panasonic SD-B2510WXC Bread Maker will do everything for you. To start off it enables you to add just bread mixture and water, but later down the line if you’re feeling more confident you can use your own recipes and tweak ingredients to create your own combinations.
The horizontal design with flush lid takes up minimal space in your kitchen. Plus, it’s both scratch proof and stain-free, which is ideal for ease of use. To make it easier still, you can use the delay timer to start the process 13 hours later, so you can ensure you wake up to a fresh loaf.
Additionally, this bread maker enables you to make gluten-free bread, cake, pasta and pizza dough so you can enjoy its delights whatever your dietary requirements.
3. Creative customisation
This machine is the queen of all bread makers. As the smartest machine of its type ever, the Sage Custom Loaf Bread Maker has 60 different settings, including enabling you to set a time you’d like the bread to be completed. The clever interface computes temperature and baking time each time you make a selection, and the internal light and viewing window means you can check the progress of the baking without losing heat by opening the lid.
You can add fruit, nuts, grains or jam into any recipe with ease, as the chute opens automatically to dispense ingredients at the appropriate time. Get creative with your crusts, too, and choose from four different settings from light to crunchy depending on how you like it.
4. Super simple
Perfect bread with minimal effort? Sign us up! Compact and simple, the Tower T11005 Digital 650W Bread Maker includes all of our favourite functions in an affordable package. It has 19 pre-set programs, an adjustable crust control and a ‘keep warm’ function to keep your bread at the optimal temperature for up to an hour once finished baking. This model also has a pause function to enable you to come back to baking later if you’re needed elsewhere, as well as a back-up system to provide 15 minutes of power into the appliance if you have a power cut.
5. Multi-use marvel
The king of speciality breads, including wholewheat, the Morphy Richards Fastbake Bread Maker. The computer memory does all the work for you, and you can choose from 12 programs with the choice of three loaf sizes between 1lb and 2lb loaves.
There are also three crust settings, plus a 13 hour delay enabling you to bake whenever is best for you, and time it to perfection for when you have guests arriving or in time for morning brunch.
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