Written on: 14/02/2010
Just bought this bread maker from John Lewis and have so far baked a cake using the bake only option and a standard white loaf. Cake and loaf were cooked to perfection. So far I'm very satisfied with this machine. I was going to buy the Kenwood Touch, which looks a lot more stylish but when I went to the shop to compare the 2 I found that the Kenwood takes up a lot more space and also the bread Pan is a lot flimsier and easily bent out of shape. On top of that the Kenwood was more expensive and never seems to get as many good reviews as the Panasonic.
1 - 13 hour Delay timer - You can put all the stuff in the machine just after your dinner and leave it to do the rest in time for breakfast
2 - Nut and fruit dispenser - Have not used this yet but can see it will come in handy
3 - Does all sorts of loafs including Rye
4 - Bake only function is very useful to me as our oven is huge and cooking small cakes wastes a lot of energy heating the whole oven for hours
5 - Takes up less surface space than other machines
6 - The bread pan is very solid and the bread easily comes out when finished
Bad Points of the Panasonic:
1 - Syle - Panasonic thought a lot about the functionality but forgot about the sytling
2 - AS others have also noted the beeper, which is meant to notify you that the loaf is done is useless as it is so quite
Hints: Make sure you follow the recipe exactly and your breads and cakes should work every time. Also use specific bread flour which you can get in all major supermarket and fast acting yeast, which is labelled for use in breadmakers. The yeast needs to go in first so that it lies under all the dry ingredients if you use the delay timer options. Most people go wrong by using too much liquid, in which case you will get a nice crust but the bread will not be cooked inside.
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