Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Add ingredients in order listed.
Breadmaker Recipes 1: White Bread
1 cup Water
4 teaspoons oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon dry milk
3 cups Bread Flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
Breadmaker Recipes 2: French Bread
1½ cups Water
1 ½ tablespoons Sugar
1 ½ teaspoons Salt
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 cups Bread Flour
Breadmaker Recipes 3: Dinner Rolls
1 cup Water
2 tablespoons Butter or Margerine
3 ¼ cups Bread Flour
¼ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
3 tablespoons active dry yeast
Breadmaker Recipes 4: Wholewheat Bread
1 5/8 cup water
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons Salt
4 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
Breadmaker Recipes 5: Rye Bread
½ cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup flour
1/3 cup medium rye flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dry milk
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
½ teaspoon caraway seed
2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
Breadmaker Recipes 6 :Milk Bread
10-11 ounces warm milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons butter (melted)
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Breadmaker Recipes 7: Potato Bread
3/4 cup milk or soymilk
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups bread flour
1/2 cup instant potato flakes
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Saturday, July 18, 2009
at the end of the baking cycle?
A:The bread will be kept warm for 60 iminutes on the Basic,French,Sweet and Wholewheat cycles. The loaf will release steam which can cause the crust to soften and also affect the shape of the loaf.
Q:Why has my bread failed to rise in my Panasonic Bread Machine ?
A: Several factors can cause this.Is the protein level of the flour high enough?
Make sure the yeast is fresh and in date.Check the correct measurement of yeast has been used and that it has been added to the bread pan.
Q:Why does my bread have large holes?
A:This can occur when a large air bubble becomes trapped in the dough
during the final rising and is baked in this state.
Q:Why does the top of my bread collapse in my Panasonic Bread Machine ?
A:Too much yeast or fluid ingredients or too little flour, can cause the top of
the bread to be pale or to collapse.
Q:Why does the color of my bread sometimes vary in my Panasonic Bread Machine ?
A:Different ingredients in each recipe can change the color of the bread and
the crust.It is also dependent on the crust cycle selected.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A:Yes- the most important thing is to make sure the ingredient quantities
are in the same ratio.
Q:Can I replace dry milk with fresh milk in my Panasonic Breadmaker
A:Yes-Scald and cool the milk before adding to the bread pan.Do not add water
and use the same volume of milk.Do not use fresh milk if using the Preset Timer cycle.The bread will have a heavier texture.
Q:Can I use butter or margarine instead of oil in my Panasonic Breadmaker
A:Yes-The crumb texture will be finer and more yellow in color.
Q:What can I use instead of sugar in my Panasonic Breadmaker
A:Brown sugar, honey or golden syrup.Reduce the volume of water by the
same amount when using liquid sweeteners.
Q:Can I omit salt from my Panasonic Breadmaker
A:This is not recommended as salt plays an important role in the bread making
cycle.It affects gluten development,yeast fermentation and the water
absorption of the dough.Salt also helps improve the crumb texture, the loaf shape structure and crust color.It is also important in improving the shelf life of the bread and enhancing the bread flavor.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Measure ingredients accurately-weighed measurements are more accurate than volume
measurements.Only use correct measuring utensils.
Only use fresh ingredients-check expiry dates .
Add ingredients to the bread pan in the order specified in the recipe.
Store opened ingredients in airtight containers.
Only use ingredients at room temperature in your Panasonic Bread Maker
The type of flour you use in your Panasonic Bread Maker is important.
Only use bread flour
Do not use compressed yeast.
Do not use hot water or liquids. This activates the yeast to early.
Do not use metal objects to remove .the bread from the bread pan as
this may damage the non-stick surface of the Panasonic Bread Maker pan.
Make sure any spills on the elements are wiped off before turning on the
machine.This will prevent smoking and potential damage to your Panasonic Bread Maker.
Do not use the reset timer for breads that contain perishable ingredients
such as eggs,cheese,milk,cream and meats.
Where you live can effect the results obtained from your Panasonic Bread Maker
In higher altitudes, the dough will rise faster.You may need to reduce the amount
of yeast in a recipe by 1/4 teaspoon.In a hot humid climate,the dough will rise faster.
Try reducing yeast by 1/4 teaspoon.
Open the lid of your Panasonic Bread Maker
on the kneading cycle.If the dough appears too sticky ( adhering to bread pan wall ),
add 1 tablespoon flour at a time until the dough reaches a firmer texture. If the bread
is too dry,add 1 tablespoon of water at a time,until a suitable texture is achieved.
The correct texture is a soft,smooth round ball of dough.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Unfortunately in today's modern world, many single or professional couples feel they are too busy too cook.As a result, a lot of junk and packaged food is consumed.Bread machines make it easy to produce to your own home made bread.Utilizing the time-delay function means waking up to a freshly cooked loaf of bread in the morning.You can add your own ingredients to increase the nutritional value of the bread.
Bread machines allow lots of choices in the type of bread you want to bake.You can also make cakes, pizzas, brownies, rolls or croissants.
It is essential that the correct kind of flour is used.Bread flour contains more protein than all purpose flour.This creates stronger, light and fluffy textured loaves that rise higher.Using the wrong flour will produce harder, crustier bread .
Adding 2 teaspoons of rye flour for every cup of flour you use in the recipe will stop the tops of the bread from having a wrinkled top and make it look better.
Adding ingredients in the right order to bread makers is imperative.Either pour all your liquids into the machine first, then add the solids, then the yeast. Or you can do it in reverse, by first adding the yeast, then the solids, then all your liquids. This prevents moisture activating the yeast before the bread has even started cooking.
Water should be room temperature.Cold water won't activate the yeast preventing the bread from rising and baking properly.Hot water will speed up the yeast too much causing the bread to rise too quickly and overcook.If very hot water is used it will completely kill the yeast.
Refer to the bread makers manual often as it is a great source of tips and info for using the bread makers to produce the best tasting bread ever.
Use a surge protector between the bread machine and the wall, as bread machines are very sensitive to voltage fluctuations which can damage to the bread makers programming.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
This T Fal Cookware breadmaker machine is the only one able to bake 4 individual
baguettes,as well as small and large loaves of bread.
The T Fal Cookware bread machine gives a choice of 3 loaf sizes ( 1 lb, 1-1/2 lb & 2 lb),
3 crust settings (light, medium & dark) and 14 pre-programmed settings.There is a Beep
Alert when baking is finished and also a Beep Alert to add fruit and nuts later in a cycle.
The T Fal Cookware breadmaker has a 15hr delayed start timer, a one hour keep warm cycle
at the end of the bake cycle and automatic shut off.It has a touch pad control panel and a
removable lid with a viewing window.The removable loaf pan and baguette trays are non-stick
for easy cleaning.
The T Fal Cookware breadmaker machine has 2 kneading paddles for more efficient mixing
and there is also a finishing blade for authentic baguette cut marks.Settings available include
bread,cake,dough,pasta and jam. There is also an express cycle of 1hr 20mins for baking white
bread. The 1650 watt machine includes a recipe book and a Bakers Brush.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Cuisinart Bread Maker model CBK-100 :
The Cuisinart Bread Maker model CBK-100 is an easy to use breadmaker machine with
all the standard options one would expect.
The Cuisinart Bread Maker model CBK-100 has 12 pre-programmed menu options with
3 loaf sizes and 3 crust color options. This gives more than 100 program choices.
The Cuisinart Bread Maker model CBK-100 has Stay-Cool Handles, and removable lid with
a viewing window and a removable kneading paddle and bread pan.
The Cuisinart Bread Maker model CBK-100 include: bake only, 15 minute pause option, gluten-free cycle, 13 hour delay start timer, power failure back-up, LED display, touch pad operation.
The Cuisinart Bread Maker CBK-100 has a maximum loaf capacity of 3lb. It has a 3 year
limited warranty and the the dimensions are: H 18" x W 15" x D 12.2" . A measuring spoon,
measuring cup and recipe book are supplied.
Cuisinart Break Maker Pros: Beep to alert when to remove kneading paddle to avoid hole in
in bottom of loaf. Easy to use. Consistent loaf quality
Cuisinart Bread Maker Cons: No user manual supplied.Display hard to read.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The Oster Breadmaker, model 5838 has a crisp white appearance with a removable lid which has a large viewing window.It has a good LED display and produces a horizontal loaf.It has an
easy to clean non-stick pan with a single kneading paddle.It also has a cool touch exterior.
The Oster Breadmaker, model 5838 has 3 loaf sizes of 1lb, 1-1/2lb and 2lb. The 2lb produces a
family size horizontal loaf. There is a crust control and an Expressbake option which can
bake a loaf in 58 minutes.
The Oster Breadmaker, is based around 3 step programming and has 8 preprogrammed bread settings. There are 18 bread settings available, including dough, jam, and cake cycles. There is also an audible reminder function to add fruit or nuts during the cycle.
The Oster Breadmaker, 5838 is quite large with 15.6" x 12.5" x 12.3" so it may be too
large if lack of counter top space is a problem.There is a 13 hour time delay function.It has a
warm cycle. There is a 1 year limited warranty.
Pros and Cons of the Oster Breadmaker:
Pros: Affordable, horizontal loaf, 58 minute bake cycle
Cons: Large size,reports of not mixing properly, can't turn off automatic warm cycle at end
Friday, May 22, 2009
is simple and easy to use. All up there 300 total program options .It has a smart look in brushed chrome with
a black lid.
two new features: The low-carb setting and the gluten-free setting.
Standard basic settings are: white, whole wheat, French, fruit and nut, batter bread, jam, dough,
pizza dough, bake only.
a horizontal loaf producing a standard bread slice size, rather than the very large slice size of some
vertical loaf pans.
The Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2 Pound Stainless Steel Convection Breadmaker has
three loaf sizes,1lb,1-1/2lb and 2lb.and 3 crust colors - light, medium and dark.
TheBreadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2-Pound Stainless-Steel Convection Breadmaker
features a removable lid, a non-stick baking pan, a see-through window in the lid and an oven light.
The Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2 Pound Stainless Steel Convection
Breadmaker has a 60 minute power failure back-up, an Extras button for later automatic addition of nuts,
fruits, herbs etc.There is a 24hr time delay option and a variable temperature option in the
Bake-only mode. There is a 1 year warranty.
Cons: There have been several reports of the baking pan “jumping” out of its locked position.
Reports of poor customer service response from the manufacturer when a machine develops a fault and is
still under warranty.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
produces a 1lb loaf of bread.This makes the Zojirushi Bread Machine BB-HAC10 a
perfect choice for small households or small,compact kitchens with limited counter top space.
The Zojirushi Bread Machine BB-HAC10 has a sturdy carry handle and it can easily stored
away in a cupboard if necessary.
The Zojirushi Bread Machine BB-HAC10 has a choice of 3 bread textures ( Regular,Firm and Soft) .It has a 13 Hour Delay Timer and a 7 Minute Power Failure Back-Up Function.There is also a Keep Warm feature.The Non-Stick Pan is easy to clean.A Beep Alert allows for later addition of fruit and nuts.
The Zojirushi Bread Machine BB-HAC10 has several modes to choose from: White bread,Whole- Wheat bread, French bread, dough, cakes, cookie dough, pasta dough and jam.
Baking time on the Regular cycles take from 3 hrs to 3 hrs 40 mins. There is also a 2 hr Quick Bake cycle available on the Zojirushi Bread Machine BB-HAC10
One disadvantage is that because of the small loaf size, the hole left by the single paddle can be
The Zojirushi Bread Machine BB-HAC10 is a 450 Watt machine and is available in White. The dimensions are
HxWxD (12”x8”x11”). It has a small LCD display.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Bread Maker Features:
· 16 different pre-programmed functions.
· 12-hour delayed start.
· Brushed Stainless steel exterior
· 680 watt
· Beep tone alert for later add-ins such as fruit and nuts.
· 3 crust settings. Light, Medium, and Dark.
· Convection oven with a circulation fan.Produces evenly browned and crispier crust.
· Reminder tone for removal of kneading paddle to avoid a hole in the bottom of your loaf.
· Power Failure Backup. In the event of power failure the machine will hold everything in memory for up to 15 minutes.
· Artisan Dough. Function. Produces chewier textures and rustic crusts.
· 3 loaf sizes-1, 1.5, and 2 pound loaves
· 16 cycles
· LCD Display
· 60 minute Keep warm Cycle
· Single kneading paddle
The Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Bread Maker is a 680 watt machine with HxWxD (18”x12-1/5” x14-7/8”) dimensions and a 3 Year Warranty.
The 16 cycles for the Cuisinart CBK-200 are:White, rapid white, whole wheat, rapid whole wheat, French/Italian, rapid French/Italian, quick bread/cake, low-carb, gluten free, dough/pizza dough, artisan dough, sweet breads, rapid sweet breads, jam, last minute loaf, bake only.
The Cuisinart CBK-200 Power Failure Backup Feature is an excellent feature. The downside is that this backup feature is good for only 15 minutes.
The Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Bread Maker is called a horizontal pan.I feel if produces a loaf shape similar to many other machines. Not quite horizontal and not quite vertical.
The Cuisinart CBK-200 comes with an excellent manual with a wonderful assortment of recipes.One of the downsides of the Cuisinart CBK-200 is it can be difficult to clean due to the black trim
Monday, May 18, 2009
Below is a list of the Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker feaures:
Makes1-1/2- or 2-pound loaves of bread
12 cooking functions
3 shade selections (crust color)
13-hour delay bake
Six Color-coded program buttons
Large viewing window
Non-stick baking pan and kneading paddle (do not use metal utensils)
Wash by hand only
Instructions with recipes included
Plastic measuring cup and spoon included
The Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker can produce both traditional and specialty breads easily and automatically. Cycle times for the Sunbeam 5891 range from the 58-minute ExpressBake for a thicker-crusted slightly denser loaf, to 3 hour 40 minutes for a 2-pound loaf of French bread.
There are 12 menu functions on the Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker :
· 2 Express Bake Settings
· Dough only
· Basic White Bread
· French Bread
· Whole Wheat Bread
· Bake Only
· Quick Bread
· Sweet Bread
· Sandwich Bake
It is important to add ingredients in the order specified in the Sunbeam 5891 manual. This can vary between different makes of breadmakers ,so ensure that that the instructions are read correctly. One of the disappointments of the Sunbeam 5891 is the small number of recipes provided in the manual.
The Breadman TR875 2-Pound Breadmaker, Stainless Steel
is a more compact size compared to other Breadmaker Machines that produce 11b and 2lb loaf sizes.This is a big advantage as it take up less counter space ,which can be a deciding factor for consumers with a smaller size kitchen.It has a stainless steel exterior to compliment the most up-to-date kitchen.
The Breadman TR875 2-Pound Breadmaker, Stainless Steel has several features as listed:
-Bake 1lb, 1.5lb & 2lb horizontal loaves
- Fully programmable
- Super-rapid cycle
-100% Whole Wheat cycle
- Gluten-Free cycle
-Pizza Dough cycle
- French cycle
- Sweet cycle
-Add-In Function to later add fruit,nuts etc with a BEEP reminder
- Large viewing window to check progress of bread
- Easy-to-read LCD display
- Pause Function
- Detachable lid for ease of cleaning
-Non-Stick baking surface for ease of cleaning (do not use metal utensils)
- Hx WxD (11”x 15”x18”)
The Breadman TR875 2-Pound Breadmaker, Stainless Steel has an acceptable noise level. When operating, the sides remain reasonably cool,but the bottom can generate a fair bit of heat. We would recommend placing a heat resistant surface under the machine.A horizontal loaf is produced by the Breadman TR875 2 Pound Breadmaker Stainless Steel for the 1 lb and 1.5lb loaf pan size, but I have found that the larger 2 lb loaf can be as high as it is long. Sometimes intervention is required during the kneading cycle when using the Gluen-free cycle on the BreadmanTR875 2 pound Breadmaker Stainless Steel. This is not only a problem with the Breadman TR875 2 Pound Breadmaker Stainless Steel machine as the Gluten-Free cycle can cause problems in other breadmaker machines. The Breadman TR875 2 Pound Breadmaker Stainless Steel package includes a very good manual with a nice range of recipes. A measuring cup and spoon are also included.
Overall the Breadman TR875 2 Pound Breadmaker Stainless Steel is an excellent machine, offering value for money at its price point.The more compact size is also an added advantage.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
is considered one of the most advanced and state of the art breadmaker
machines on the market today.
The Zojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine has several features not available on other breadmaker machines:
- sourdough starter
- dual mixing paddles-results in better mixing and kneading
- custom programmable cycles
- bakes horizontal loaves
- very flexible-can make jam,cakes and even meatloaf in this machine
- 2 lb loaf pan
- non stick pan for ease of cleaning
- fastest baking mode produces a loaf in under 2 hours
- auto shut- off
- keeps bread warm for one hour after baking complete
- 46 minute dough timer
- 10 cycles
- H x W x D (11.8" x 16.9" x 9.8" )
The Zojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine is a large machine with lots
of different cycles and features to use. However,if you are not interested in all the extras there
are less expensive options available ( for example the Panasonic SD YD250 Automatic Bread Maker featured in the last post).
The Zojirushi will produce top quality bread and provide a wonderful array of choices for the
more adventurous bakers at home.
Monday, May 11, 2009
- The Panasonic SD YD250 Automatic Bread Maker is a large multi-mode breadmaker machine that can produce a high quality loaf of bread.It has several features:
- 13 hour digital timer -set overnight and wake up to a warm loaf of bread
- non-stick pan for easy cleaning
- dough paddle causes little damage to the loaf of bread
- maximum loaf capacity of 1.36 lb
- automatic yeast dispenser
- choice of 3 loaf sizes: medium, large and extra large
- crust color control:light, medium and dark
- power interruption protectection
- safety fuse
- 3 loaf sizes
- 4 baking modes for ideal baking
- accessories: measuring cup, measuring spoon, recipe booklet
The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker has numerous baking modes:
- Bake Only
- Rapid Bake
- Sandwich Bake
- Raisin Bake
- Basic Bread Bake
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Multi Grain Bread
- French Bread
- Dough Only
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
1.Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker
2.Zojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine
3.Breadman TR875 2-Pound Breadmaker, Stainless Steel
4.Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker
5.Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Bread Maker
6.Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker
7.Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2-Pound Stainless-Steel Convection Breadmaker
8.Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker, White
9.Cuisinart CBK-100 Programmable Breadmaker
10.T-Fal OW5005002 Emerilware Bread-and-Baguette Maker
The following posts will give a brief review of each machine to help you decide which of these
breadmachines are best suited to your individual needs.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
a ready made bread mix, the process of making bread in your own breadmaker is
further simplified. Bread mix, water and yeast (provided with bread mix) are added to
the breadmaker machine, a cycle selected, push to start and that's it. Three or four hours
later, a fresh loaf of home baked bread is ready. The flour used in making bread is different
to normal all purpose flour and it is important to use the right type of flour to produce a
good loaf of bread. Breadmaker machines can also make fantastic dough that can be used to make bread rolls, pizza dough and other culinary delights.
There are several choices available in breadmaker machines.The loaf size is one of the main deciding factors. Are you feeding a couple or a family? Do you want it fully automated to add nuts or seeds at certain parts of the cycle or do you just want a very basic model-the choice is yours. A breadmaker can be pre-programmed to turn on and bake bread while you are out or asleep.
A breadmaker machine gives you complete control over what you want to put in your bread, which is especially helpful for people with special dietary requirements, such as allergies and food sensitivities. You decide what ingredients and what preservatives, if any, go into your breadmaker. This is a great health advantage and also a great cost saver in the long run. A breadmaker enables you to produce a cheap, tasty and healthy loaf of bread, as opposed to an expensive, processed loaf of bread with virtually no taste.