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« on: December 31, 2007 06:29:47 PM »

Not sure where if anywhere this belongs but wondered if anyone had a bread maker?

I love to make different types of bread - I like the process of the kneading, rising twice and baking - the old fashioned way. But my fibromyalgia doesnt like me doing it much now and we need more bread than i can make - does anyone have a good breadmaker they can recommend?
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2007 06:55:03 PM »

you can check out americas test kitchen either write to them or do a search they test all kitchen products there is also consumer reports i dont use a breadmaker but if i was in the market for one i would check out these sites before i set foot in a store Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2007 08:28:30 PM »

my girl friend gave me her Oster last year, since she rarely used it, and i have carpal tunnel and can't knead bread anymore.  i use it AT LEAST once a week.  i really love that thing.  i've never used a boxed mix with it, all my breads are from scratch- and theyre always fab.  i really, really like it. 
heres the link to the manual
http://www.oster.com/manuals/oster/005838-000-000_English.pdf

ive made bagels, pizza dough, cinnamon roll, all manner of wheat and flax bread, everything except the jam.  but im going to try it one of these days.  so, yes, i do indeed recommend the oster bread machine.  as long as you put the ingredients in order, mine is really reliable. (i read a recipe on allrecipes that was all 'screw the order, just dump it all in at once.  trust me.'  wrong!)
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2008 02:45:19 AM »

Thanks guys - Im in the UK so I looked at the ones which magazine recommends and there are three they think are good - I just dont know which one to go for. Theres a big price difference!!!! A Panasonic SD-252 and a SD- 253 and a Russell Hobbs Breadman Junior 10882. they are all supposed to be good but i dont know whether to shell out the extra on the more expensive ones or not!
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2008 04:11:06 PM »

I own a Breadman bread machine which is actually being put to use right now. I like this machine for its compact size.  It's quite functional too.  Besides bread I also use it to make dough for rolls, pizza, cinnaman buns, etc... 
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2008 06:22:50 PM »

I really like my breadman too and the recipes in their little booklet have worked out well!  I made some pizza dough and that zuccini-herb-wheat bread in the booklet and it came out fantastic.  it's really easy to clean, too.  i highly recommend that model.  i got lucky since my ex's parents gave it to me because they never used it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2008 05:59:25 PM »

My Black and Decker bread maker is nearly 10 years old and workes wonderfully! It gets used several times a month, usually to make pizza dough, but I baked bread in it often too. Its a nice sturdy machine.

What ever machine you do pick, make sure it has many different settings as possible so you can make your own bread recipes.
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2008 07:42:59 AM »

Not sure where if anywhere this belongs but wondered if anyone had a bread maker?

I love to make different types of bread - I like the process of the kneading, rising twice and baking - the old fashioned way. But my fibromyalgia doesnt like me doing it much now and we need more bread than i can make - does anyone have a good breadmaker they can recommend?

I have fibromyalgia as well...........my sister-in-law gave me her bread machine because she didn't like using it..........(she's got 5 kids,  so most of her recipes are all quick meals...... Roll Eyes )........Mine's a Kenmore.........she didn't have the manual anymore.........but it's digital.........so it pretty much is self explanatory.........and I've found that most online recipes have the setting included.  Did I mention that I used to be a bread disaster waiting to happen?..... Grin

I've learned a lot of kitchen shortcuts over the years because of my fibro..........but this has been so far the BEST investment I've made!........And it didn't take long for me to move from allowing the machine to bake the bread to just making the dough and baking it myself................Now.........if I could jus' find a buttermilk biscuit recipe I could mix in there......... Wink
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2008 08:04:40 AM »

Thanks for the advice everyone - we have ordered one and am waiting for it to arrive now
Lissaw70 - thats what i want to do most of the time - just let it knead the dough and do the rest myself. I shall have to wait and see  tho!!
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2008 09:47:04 AM »

zomgs, last night i made the dough for chia siu bau in the bread machine and it came out perfect.
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« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2008 05:43:26 AM »

It goes without saying that because I decided to make some bread today that as I have finished it and had the crust (I LOVE crusts) that our breadmaker has just arrived!!!!!! Cant wait to use it but going out babysitting now!
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2008 04:12:27 AM »

The bread is amazing - I can defintely recommend this breadmaker to anyone in the UK - I dont know if they sell them elsewhere.  Its a panasonic SD-253.
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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2008 07:28:50 AM »

yay!  i'm glad you got one.  my mom got one when i was about 12, but only used it like three times, each time with a mix.  and the mixes came out tasting like CRAP.  They were soooo dense and just, eew nasty.  years later my friend gave me one and the bread comes out wonderful every time, and i wouldn't dream of using a mix.
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2008 10:26:01 AM »

Yesterday we made salami and herb bread which we had with home made chicken soup for tea. mmm. mmm
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« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2008 10:44:40 AM »

good to see someone else discovering the joys of making their own bread  Grin

my parents bought me a Morphy Richards Fastbake last november (my 28th birthday) and I havent bought bread or rolls since!

I make 10 rolls every sunday for the following week's lunches at work for me & DH, and I cant seem to stop experimenting with it - my latest was a wholewheat pizza base made using the dough setting. Needless to say the pizza was delicious  Tongue mmmm

If you are looking for some different recipies I have found a few here which are really good.
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« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2008 11:55:21 AM »

Thanks - any you would particularly recommend?
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« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2008 12:50:22 PM »

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bread-Machine-Pizza-Dough/Detail.aspx
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Soft-Onion-Sandwich-Rolls/Detail.aspx
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bread-Machine-Bagels/Detail.aspx

i have personally used these recipes several times.  (the bagels especially.  they make such great bagel dogs with a polish sausage rolled up in em. 
  whatever you do, do not ignore the bread machine's recommended order of ingredients.
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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2008 12:53:20 PM »

Thanks (O: I have made  pizza dough and bagels before but not to this recipes
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« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2008 01:03:01 PM »

I've had trouble with the UK bread machines, I think they try to be clever and make them more loaf shaped, so they are wider at the bottom, but I often end up with flour stuck in the corners, which is not a problem I had in Norway, where they have taller machines, but the mixer can reach the corners.  Anyways I only use mine for dough, and then shape it out myself and bake in the oven... It turns out nicer that way.  Smiley  I've never had too much problem with the order I put things in, but in general something liquid should go in first, just to stop the dough from sticking.
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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2008 12:16:54 AM »

Thanks - any you would particularly recommend?

I really like this one - light oat bread but I also add 4 tblspns of powdered skimmed milk. - It makes a lovely light white bread. Light bake setting and 2lb weight.

I've had trouble with the UK bread machines, I think they try to be clever and make them more loaf shaped, so they are wider at the bottom, but I often end up with flour stuck in the corners, which is not a problem I had in Norway, where they have taller machines, but the mixer can reach the corners.  Anyways I only use mine for dough, and then shape it out myself and bake in the oven... It turns out nicer that way.  Smiley  I've never had too much problem with the order I put things in, but in general something liquid should go in first, just to stop the dough from sticking.

I dont have this issue with mine - but then my tin is quite tall.

Re the order - it's liquids first then the dry ingeredients with the yeast last - this is most important if you are setting the machine to turn on after a delay (I put all the ingredients in at night and set mine to turn early mornign so the bread is ready when I get up) - If the yeast touches the water it will start to react and your bread wont work as well/at all.
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« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2008 01:53:46 PM »

My order is the other way round but for the same reason yeast then other dry ingredients then water.

I have no idea how my bread machine kneads with the tiny blade that it has but it does it well!

mmm the oat bread looks nice
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