We’ve had the Panasonic SD-2500 bread machine for some time now. Recently we’ve started making our own bread, prompted by a visit to Etal and Ford’s mill where we bought some fab, semi-organic bread flour.
Only once you start making your own bread do you realise what goes into those loaves you buy at the supermarket. They keep for ages with all the additives. Once you enjoy your own bread, with only the basic ingredients added, you realise how much less bloated that bread makes you…if you are the sensitive type.
Initially I was the one making bread, but a week of me being sick saw my husband resorting to using the breadmaker. He followed the simple recipe in the booklet we got with our breadmaker and it was a success. He has now taken over the breadmaking responsibility for our daily bread. I make the speciality breads on weekends and special occasions.
The lowdown on the Panasonic SD-2500 breadmaker:
It is one of the most expensive on the market, but when we compared the bread my friend’s cheaper breadmaker made, ours was fluffier and crustier with the same mix.
For the price you get: 13 different baking programs, a bake only function and 9 dough programs and 2 jam/ compote programs
Our model, the SD- 2500, does not have a fruit and nut dispenser. It’s the SD-2501 that does have the dispenser. If I was to buy another bread maker I would definitely go for one with the dispenser. It saves having to stay around for adding those extra ingredients and allows for making speciality breads overnight.
The timer option is really useful. We use this all the time. It’s lovely waking up to freshly baked bread.
The only downside to the timer is you have to take the loaf out of the pan immediately so it doesn’t go soggy. So no lie-ins beyond the bread finishing!
Some tips we’ve picked up to make even better bread:
- Start with good digital scales & some measuring spoons
- Put the bread machine’s mixing bowl on the scales to weigh in all the ingredients
- Always start with dried yeast and add the flour on top, then the other ingredients (this stops the yeast from starting to activate early or the added salt killing the yeast)
Our favourite program, beside the basic white is the quick pizza program. You can have pizza started, made and eaten within an hour using the pizza program to whip up a great dough.
I’ve made jam with the breadmaker too and it was delicious!