Saturday, April 14, 2007

breadmaking



Would you fancy eating some fantastic home-baked bread at
breakfast, and also waking up with the gorgeous smell of
bread baking in your house? We've bought a magic pixie -
the Panasonic S252 breadmaker, which bakes the bread for
us overnight.
The last one we had lasted about 11 years, and was used for
making loaves, and also the dough for pizza bases and bread
rolls. For the first 5 years of the breadmaker's life, we
lived with an extended family of 10 people in all, so it was
used every day.
I usually use a mix of strong wholemeal and white flours (the
latter about 25%), to get a good rise and texture -- a very
simple recipe is provided with the machine, and it's
easy-peasy to set up. You just press the start button if you
want a loaf baked in 4 hours' time, or extend the time using
the timer. Using white flour in the mix creates a Viagra
effect - brilliant rises every time. :)

7 Comments:

Blogger steve said...

I'm sorry but bread making should be done by hand not in a machine,and made with proper yeast takes a few trys to get it right but is much better.
throw the damned machine in the bin.

2:39 PM  
Blogger angel said...

hey justin- i would love one of those... i just love fresh bread!

7:44 PM  
Blogger justin said...

Steve: I agree with you that making bread by hand is the best way (and using fresh yeast, but I think using a machine like this is the next best. It's soooh handy. :)

Angel: Thanks for dropping in -- I can't agree more.... there's nothing quite like the smell and taste of fresh bread -- except for freshly-brewed coffee (and I'm not referring to the instant stuff).

10:25 PM  
Blogger riviera writer said...

Harsh words! I take my hat off to someone who's made bread for 11 years. Most bread-machine bores - incuding me - rather like running machine bores, use it once, talk about it for a couple of weeks, then click on E-bay.

10:03 PM  
Blogger justin said...

RW: thinking about all that lovely fresh bread you have in France, I don't suppose you'd need a breadmaker there.

7:17 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Justin: I am a devotee of the breadmaker, too. Hand-made bread is obviously better but if that was the only option, I'd never make it, so the machine is a useful second choice. (The nicest word I can think of for Steve is "pedant".) I have a great recipe for cinnamon-apple-oat bread in case you're interested. It's a family favourite and smells heavenly.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Kathryn said...

Hi Justin, I have just been given a Panasonic S252 breadmaker but am struggling to find a set of instructions. Would you know where I could find themon the net?

2:17 PM  

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