Tuesday - Nov 21, 2017

The best fresh bread in the morning? The one you bake!


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The smell of freshly baked bread in the morning wakes up souvenirs of our childhood and the brilliant summers we spent at our grand-parents’ home – and where we watched, fascinated, our granny bake the bread herself. Nowadays, with our very active lifestyle, who has the time to mix all the ingredients that will make

The smell of freshly baked bread in the morning wakes up souvenirs of our childhood and the brilliant summers we spent at our grand-parents’ home – and where we watched, fascinated, our granny bake the bread herself.

Nowadays, with our very active lifestyle, who has the time to mix all the ingredients that will make a loaf of delicious bread?

This is where, for those of you that crave homemade baked bread, the bread-makers come into the picture.

A bread-maker allows you to prepare delicious homemade bread without the time-consuming part of mixing the ingredients together.

With a bread-machine, you tuck all the ingredients in the bucket and you let the machine do the work for you: the only other thing you will have to do at the end is to enjoy the delicious bread…

Nowadays, on the market, tens of bread-makers spread on the shelves of our favourite shops and it might be difficult to make an informed choice.

The principal reason for buying a bread-maker should be convenience: you toss the ingredients in the machine, press a few buttons and let the machine do the job – efficiently – for you.

Some machine can even be programmed to start the mixing and baking at a later time!

Before buying a bread-machine, you need to consider your budget and about the way you are going to use your machine: is it to make bread for you? For a family? Only at week-ends or at all times?

Prices for a bread-maker vary wildly, from £50 to more than £300, so it is important to narrow properly your budget: prices fluctuate also because of the features the bread-makers present.

The best bread-makers on the market are programmed to bake different sizes of loaves, according to the wishes of its owner; it is better to choose for an adjustable bread-maker, if you can.

Some models even present an automatic dispenser where you pour fruits and nuts as you like and the bread-maker will be able to mix them in the preparation when needed.

But before going for that type of model, ask yourself whether you will use it at all or whether you just thought it is a cool feature, whilst in the shop.

Having a timer and a delay-timer is always a good idea; it means you can prepare all the ingredients in the machine the night before and wake up to the smell of fresh bread for your breakfast.

Then, you also should concentrate on the size of the bread-machine you wish to purchase: make sure you measure the space, in the kitchen, where you think you will fit the bread-machine; it would a shame to buy one that does not fit in your kitchen!

And, do not hesitate to look for the “crust option feature if you like your crust to be just right: some bead-makes offer this option, which means that the crust won’t get burnt or browned nor too light.

Moreover, make sure the bread-machine you would like to buy possess an “easy cleaning” feature: this is done via the pan (where the ingredients get mixed), so make sure it is a non-stick pan; if the lid and kneading paddles are also removable, even better!

So, now, are you ready to buy the perfect bread-maker for your household?

Below is a selection of the best bread-makers in 2014.

Rated highly by customers but coming with a budget price, the “Russell Hobbs 18036” seems like the best option for those of you who want home-baked bread without the price tag.

This particular bread-maker has some interesting features, particularly the “fast bake cycle”, capable of baking a loaf in 55 minutes or the 13 hours delay-timer, which means you can prepare the ingredients the night before and have a freshly baked loaf in the morning.

Priced at £49.99, this bread-maker is a good purchase for those of you that love fresh bread but don’t want to invest in a high-end machine.

The second bread-maker on our list is the “My kitchen compact breadmaker” by Lakeland, sold at the retail price of £59.99.

Deemed too small for a family of four, it is the perfect size for a couple who enjoy eating fresh bread.

The design and flat touches are not of the best effect but this lack in design is compensated by interesting features as the gluten-free mode, the French or wholemeal modes and, amongst others, the ultra-fast or delay start functions.

If you are really serious about your bread-making, then, it is time to invest in a better bread-making machine and the “Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC in Stainless Steel” might be the exact one you need.

Sold at £139.99, this is a machine with which you might need some time before getting used to it: all customers have pointed that the first pick up can be quite daunting.

But once you have understood its modes and features, no going back, you won’t be able to do without it anymore!

Smart stainless steel on the outside (meaning that it won’t rust nor corrode easily), coming with an automatic yeast dispenser which drops the yeast in the mix at the optimum moment, and all the features you can dream of, this is an investment that will make you on a par with David Cameron’s bread good eating habit.

A step above the Panasonic, comes the “Cuisinart CBK250U Breadmaker”, sold at £150.

Designed as a blocky cube, the exterior is made of stainless steel and this bread maker packs so many features that you will have a hard time trying them all; but it is an easy bread-maker to use.

Customers who bought this bread-maker all love the quality of the bread it bakes and the variety of programmes it offers as the cake or pizza-dough programs.

If you plan to bake lots of home-made bread, this is an investment worth making.

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