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    Does anyone use one and what do you think are things to look for in one?

     

    Also would be keen for any breadmaker recipes.

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    I think most people have one use it a couple of time and then stick in a cupboard to gather dust.Anyone that I know has one tend to do this. They are good and make nice bread but can be a bit of a hassle.

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    Yep I guess the question is whether it's that much easier than doing it yourself (which I have yet to master). I like to bake so would probably use it often enough.

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    I have a Sunbeam that my daughter gave us. We use it quite a bit, but only to make special bread, as there are just two of us now and I eat very little bread. When all the family was home I used to make more sorts of bread and also pizza dough. I now always use the Lauke grain flour and sometimes the small pre-measured packs and add extra seeds, etc as I feel like. There is a recipe book with the machine, but I tend to stick to the few I know. However, it does make lovely bread with so little effort, and I am seriously thinking of getting one for my other daughter, who spends hours making her bread by hand. You can also pre-set, so that it makes the bread freshly for when you want it.

    It is absolutely no good for a family needing loaves every day, my lot used to eat a loaf with a meal or for a snack and there was never any left!

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    We go through phases of using ours quite a lot - but it's no good if you're on a diet coz hot bread is the hardest thing to resist, and when you make a loaf, it doesn't hang around long! Get a bigger one rather than a smaller one for that reason!! Usually get it out when we have visitors, and if there is any left over, I turn it into bread pudding afterwards!

     

    The biggest pain with the thing though is to get the mixing paddle out of the loaf once it's cooked - we have one with two paddles which I think is the way to go for a good mix, and make sure we dip these in olive oil before using it so they come out easier. Don't wash the tin with detergent either as that affects the non-stickedness - just wipe it down with a damp cloth after baking. We didn't realise this to start with - and I used it to make jam in which was something in the recipe book supplied, but after that we could never get the loaf out! The company was kind enough to send us a new tin with the above advice after that!!

     

    I've used pre-mixes, and just strong flour with yeast and oil and salt (that's to stop the yeast working after a time apparently) - but they don't seem to sell as much variety of pre-mixes here as they did in the UK - used to be some lovely fruit bread mixes, and onces with olives and nuts in etc. Quality flour is the secret.

     

    There is a shop near Fasta Pasta on NE Road which specialises in breadmaking - never been in there but worth dropping in for a chat I would suggest before buying. Ours is a make called Prima - never heard of it before or since, but it's lasted us well - coming up to about 10 years I reckon now. It has a "quick cook" programme on it which takes about 2 horus from start to finish - just throw everything in and leave it to do the rest - which is what I use most. Tried the longer program but results very similar. Ours has the facility to add extra ingredients (nuts, olives, seeds, fruit etc) in midway (I guess after the first rising cycle) and it beeps at us at that point, but you can just ignore it!

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    We have a Breville 'bakers oven' which we use all the time. It is so much cheaper to make your own bread and there are so many different types you can make, including naan which they are not very good at making here! They have been on special offer in radio rentals, not sure whether that is still on though. I have been told that there is a good flour shop nr the desalination plant where you can buy mixes and seeds etc. by the kilo but I have not been there yet and do not know what it is called.

    Catherine

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    Diane yours sounds good - have a model number?

     

    Also would love your bread pudding recipe. I've never made it but it's one of my favs.

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    "Sunbeam Quantum Smartbake" - fully programmable. No, it needs no premixing or kneading, the machine does the lot. Just put in the water, dry ingredients and yeast, in that order. Make sure the tin is firmly in place, press the buttons and come back when it has finished. Have never had any problem with getting the bread out, but I have never made jam, that's an idea for the future!

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    "Sunbeam Quantum Smartbake" - fully programmable. No, it needs no premixing or kneading, the machine does the lot. Just put in the water, dry ingredients and yeast, in that order. Make sure the tin is firmly in place, press the buttons and come back when it has finished. Have never had any problem with getting the bread out, but I have never made jam, that's an idea for the future!

     

    That one looks smart - and pricey - will be looking out for sales;)

     

    Thanks:)

     

    Also the Panasonic looks good: http://www.panasonic.com.au/products/details.cfm?objectID=5429

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    I have a Tefal one, use it all the time, just takes a coupole of minutes to throw the ingredients at it and put the timer on so it's ready in the morning when we get up. One 750g loaf does myself and partner 2-3 breakfasts, (usually toast it on days 2-3), and I'll sometimes take a couple of slices to work for lunch with soup, or for a toasted sandwich. It also makes fantastic pizza dough, so have homemade pizzas on a regular basis :)

     

    My standard recipe is:

    *make sure the bowl and paddle are correctly installed*

    one egg, few glugs of oil, make up to 270ml with water

    one tsp salt

    460g flour (of which about 1/4 is wholemeal, the rest white - or all white if feeling like a change)

    1.5tsp yeast

    *set the timer, and remember to press to the start button*

     

    if having friends over for dinner, will make a special loaf, adding sundried tomato (vacuum packed stuff, rather than the ones preserved in oil) pine nuts, and fresh basil if I haven't killed the plant yet.

     

    Would love to make more exciting recipes, but have found it hard to find different types of flour, and/or wholegrains/seeds etc. Only seem to be able to find pre-mixed stuff, and they always have all the additives that are added to the commercial breads anyway, which to me defeats the purpose of making your own bread.

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    Make sure you get one with the delay timer. There is one that doesn't have it.

     

    We've had ours for years and still use it (mainly in winter). We program it at night so that the bread is ready in the morning and just have it hot with with butter and jam....yum......The only problem is that there is beautiful bread baking smell and it keeps us awake..... :-)

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    We have a Breville Bakers Oven and we use it quite a bit. I'll often make bread to take to BBQs, picnics or dinner parties and it's always a winner. We also often put it on overnight at the weekends so we wake up to a fresh loaf.

     

    The best recipe I have come across is for garlic and herb bread and everyone loves it!

     

    225ml water

    75ml olive oil

    400g bread flour

    1 tbsp italian mixed herbs

    1 tbsp oregano (dried)

    1 bulb of garlic (microwaved whole until starting to go soft and skin removed)

    1 tbsp salt

    7g easybake yeast

     

    Put it all in the bread pan in the order listed and press 'go' !!!

     

    Mmmmmmm!!!! My mouth is watering as I type.

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