Bread Makers

Who can resist delicious, fresh homemade bread? The smell and texture and aroma make it an irresistible treat. Sometimes itís hard to get out to a bakery to grab a fresh-baked loaf. Imagine the convenience of easily being able to make your very own homemade bread whenever you want it. Bread makers have been on the UK market for over 20 years, but the latest models are much improved from their predecessors and include an array of extra features. You can even make cakes and jam in most machines as well as a variety of breads, from wholemeal, egg, nut or even croissants and French bread sticks. This article describes some of the types of bread makers available so you can decide which best suits your needs. Expect prices to range from around £45 for a compact model to over £90 for fully loaded stainless steel models.

Compact

If you donít have a lot of space in your kitchen for a large appliance, you might choose a compact bread maker. Compact makers still make delicious loaves of bread but they fit into a smaller amount of space than some of the regular sized models. Most make 1.5 and 2 pound loaves of bread.

example: Kenmore B250 or the Murphy Richards 48245

Stainless Steel

If you want the sleek and stylish look of stainless steel appliances in your kitchen, you have a choice of several fully-accessorized bread makers. These all have a variety of features such as crust colour controls and even programmable timers.

Examples: Princess 151942 Silver Bread Maker or the Antony Worrall Thompson Silver 10 Programmes Bread maker or the Cookworks Signature Stainless Steel Bread Maker

Fastbaking Models

For cooks who need the option of baking things quickly, many models are offering Fastbake settings. This means that you can cook a basic loaf of bread that would normally take 3 hours in as little as 60 minutes.

Examples: Kenwood Rapidbake Breadmaker or Morphy Richards 48280 Fast-Bake

Nut or Fruit Dispensers

If you frequently enjoy making nut and fruit breads, you know that adding it at the beginning of the cooking cycle can end up scorching your nut and fruit additions. Todayís bread makers are available with a nut and fruit dispenser which automatically adds the nuts at the correct time in the baking cycle. Youíll end up with perfectly baked nut and fruit bread without having to worry about stopping the machine and mixing things into the dough.

Examples: Panasonic SD255 Bread maker with Raisin/Nut Dispenser

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