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Shirleyw Sun 12-Nov-17 05:18:27

Do you have one and is it well used? I've been toying with getting one for a while and decided I shall get the Panasonic bread maker from Lakeland this week. I am sure it will get well used.

Willow500 Sun 12-Nov-17 06:56:22

Yes have one no don't use it - it's been sat in the garage for the last 4 years. We bought it when my husband was living abroad and couldn't speak the language to buy bread. He'd buy the ingredients over here on visits home as he thought making his own was a good idea - he'd set it going before bed but it would then wake him up as it started kneading and 'walking' across the kitchen worktop grin. The bread is lovely but that's the problem - it's too moreish covered in lots of butter hot from the tin. I'm sure you'll love it! Now you've set me off - I might go and dig it out and give it an airing smile

Shirleyw Sun 12-Nov-17 07:04:34

Lol willow....

kittylester Sun 12-Nov-17 07:57:47

I'm on my second one. I didn't use the first so gave it DD2. I have since bought another one which I also don't use and which I can't palm off on any of my other daughters.

Maggiemaybe Sun 12-Nov-17 08:02:44

I bought one at a charity shop and do love it. So why has it been sitting neglected in the cellar for the last few months? I might just dust it down this week.

Chewbacca Sun 12-Nov-17 08:03:19

Mine was also a Panasonic and I used it constantly in the early days. But the area that I live in now is well serviced with 3 excellent bakers shops, all doing speciality breads if I want them. Bread maker has been in the cupboard under the stairs for 2 years now and I haven't been able to palm it off on to anyone. Shame really.

NotAGran55 Sun 12-Nov-17 08:09:09

I had one 20 years ago and liked it . However the loaf size was no where big enough for the family then on a daily basis and it died a death . If I lived alone I might be tempted again just for the fun of it .

Anniebach Sun 12-Nov-17 08:53:19

I had forgotten, a few weeks ago I was going to buy one.

MawBroon Sun 12-Nov-17 08:58:13

When paw was working away from home, coming back on Friday night I used to pop a loaf in on the timer to wake us up with its wonderful smell on Saturday morning! Warm fresh bread and marmalade for breakfast, mmmm!
Piled on the lbs though.
And mine’s a Panasonic too,

Menopaws Sun 12-Nov-17 08:59:43

I like the idea but with a small kitchen I don't want to either have it on the top or in a cupboard so it would go in the garage with the food processor and never be seen again, if I had a big kitchen I would get one. The coffee machine and nutribullet are allowed to stay on the worktop cos they get used a lot

Elegran Sun 12-Nov-17 09:05:54

Half these posts (slight exaggeration) are from people who are wondering whether to buy a breadmaker and the other half about how theirs is sitting unused. What is really needed is not a breadmaker but a matchmaker to pair up people who don't have a breadmaker but would like one and people who have one but don't use it any more.

Anniebach Sun 12-Nov-17 09:08:20

I just forgot I was going to buy one and had chosen the one I was going to buy

mumofmadboys Sun 12-Nov-17 09:09:57

Mine is Panasonic. Sadly I don't get round to using it!

Menopaws Sun 12-Nov-17 09:15:08

What other 'useful' items get given a permanent place in your garage/loft?
Foot spa?
Knitting machine?
Sewing machine?
Smoothie maker?
Toastie maker?!!

midgey Sun 12-Nov-17 09:21:40

When it goes right the bread is amazing, but experimenting produces a lot of bricks! If you live near a bakery don’t even think about it!

Fennel Sun 12-Nov-17 09:28:15

I think there was another thread recently about breadmakers.
As I said then, I prefer a robot with a dough hook, for the heavy work. I do the rest manually. I make 3 loaves at a time -(1 kilo of flour.)
How long does a breadmaker take from start to finish?

Chewbacca Sun 12-Nov-17 09:43:35

Menopaws items that I "couldn't live without but now residential in the cupboard under the stairs:
Foot spa check
Bread maker check
Pannini maker check
Frothy coffee maker check


Fennel my ancient breadmaking took about 5 hours from start to finish but I expect that's been improved on now, with a more modern machine.

hildajenniJ Sun 12-Nov-17 10:40:01

Our coffee maker has been consigned to the utility room cupboard since DH no longer drinks coffee!
My bread maker is used regularly. I have a Beaumark make, unfortunately the bread pan has sprung a leak. It has a slow drip. I cannot find a replacement bread pan anywhere so I'm thinking of buying a new machine. The DGC love my coconut sugar buns. I couldn't make them by hand any more as I find kneading difficult these days.

Fennel Sun 12-Nov-17 11:57:58

Thans Chewbacca - I've had a search on Google and nowadays it's 3-4 hours. Which is similar to the time it takes me to make 3 loaves.
Apart from the cost of the robot, my method has the additional cost of the gas/ cooker baking. 20-30 minutes.

10tedsrobinson11 Sun 12-Nov-17 12:01:12

Both myself and daughter have Panasonic breadmakers picked up very reasonably on car boots my daughter has 3 children and uses hers every day I use mine at least once a week.

merlotgran Sun 12-Nov-17 12:19:30

I bought my first one, a Panasonic, twelve years ago when DD1 and her boys moved back from Northern Ireland following the break up of her marriage.

I also piled on the weight because home baked bread was so addictive and in those days I could tolerate gluten.

I now have a Morphy Richards breadmaker with a gluten free programme which is not as high spec as a Panasonic but is perfectly adequate as I prefer to make the dough then bake it in the oven instead of leaving it in the breadmaker to bake.

Parsleywin Sun 12-Nov-17 12:25:01

Thumbs up for the Panasonic. I've got a French loaf cooling at the mo, ready for lunch when my 16:8 permits!

I tend to go through phases of using mine but it's my second one and I'd hate to be without it.

SueDonim Sun 12-Nov-17 14:10:07

I've had a Panasonic breadmaker for a few years now. It's had a lot of use! Before that, I had a Morphy Richards but it cooked unevenly and burnt on one side so I got rid of it.

If you use the quick programme on the Panasonic it produces a loaf in two hours. I have problems with my hands and wrists so the traditional method of kneading is out for me.

Shirleyw Sun 12-Nov-17 14:47:21

Thanks guys, some interesting replies......mines a time issue, it would be soooo handy to have it making bread over night ready for the day...

Suki70 Sun 12-Nov-17 16:48:59

We're on our second breadmaker - a Panasonic. For years DH has been making bread every other day. It takes 5 minutes for him to put in the ingredients and two hours to cook a small loaf. We've also made olive bread, sundried tomato bread and fruit bread. There are no additives or preservatives, just the ingredients we want and we can control the salt. It can also make jam although we've never tried that, DH prefers to make jam and marmalade on the hob.
We have an excellent bakery nearby but it's so expensive in comparison to homemade. The only bread we buy now is a walnut cob from a well known supermarket beginning with S and baguettes.

Deedaa Sun 12-Nov-17 20:37:09

I'm on to my third bread maker in 20 years. Sometimes I don't use it for months and then I'll have a few months of using it non stop.

NanaMacGeek Mon 13-Nov-17 11:49:44

I have a Panasonic too and wouldn’t be without it. It takes me less than 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the pan before going to bed, setting the timer to produce a freshly baked loaf for the morning.
I use some of the other menus too and have made pizza bases, fruit loaves, cakes, buns and rolls.
I ring the changes with fantastic bread flours such as multi-grain wholemeal, seeded malted flours as well as plain flour and wholemeal. Every so often, we slice a few rounds from a loaf and freeze them in case we run out of bread or go away.
The bread doesn't keep as long as shop-bought but doesn't get the chance.

Shirleyw Mon 13-Nov-17 15:00:19

Thanks to Lakeland tomorrow, they have a three year guarantee....

Nelliemoser Tue 14-Nov-17 14:13:30

We had a number of Morphy Richards ones until we bought a Panasonic half price on Ebay to see it was "worth the extra money."
It was. I use wholemeal flour and put it on the 5hr cycle. The flavour is so much better as the yeast takes longer to works and the flavour has time to mature. The difference in the flavour of a slow rise and a fast one needs to be tried
We tend to slice it stick in in the freezer and then take out what we need at the time.
We have easily got used to putting it on earlier. There is no more effort needed.

Scribbles Tue 14-Nov-17 15:43:22

Good luck, Shirleyw. You won't regret it.
I'm on my 3rd breadmaker but my first Panasonic and it leaves its predecessors standing. I use it 3 or 4 times a week and ring the changes with different kinds of bread. I'd hate to be without it!

Shirleyw Tue 12-Jun-18 06:37:24

Just to say I did buy a Panasonic and I'm soooo pleased with it. Had it a few months now and I use it once /twice a week. Wish I bought one years ago.....thanks for the replies guys.....

autumnsun Tue 12-Jun-18 07:33:50

Am thinking of buying one for the first time but don't want to spend a lot of money in case i don't use it Any thoughts on that would be welcome

Versavisa Tue 12-Jun-18 07:46:00

I’m still on my first breadmaker, a Panasonic. I’ve used it a lot in the last 20 years and it still works as good as ever. I didn’t know anyone else with one when I bought mine. I see newer models have all sorts of refinements, which I’d like, but as long as this one keeps on churning the loaves out I’ll stick with it. Favourite is the 3-hour 100% wholemeal loaf. And yes, I blame all my weight problems on it!

Pittcity Tue 12-Jun-18 08:09:17

We weren't sure if we would use one often enough to splash out, so bought one for a tenner in Cash Converters. It's not the latest model but it does the job and is used at least once a week. Lovely fresh bread. The small loaves are gone in a flash.

Nanabilly Tue 12-Jun-18 08:17:45

I've been looking at getting a breakfast for a couple of years now but I've always enjoyed the hands on method of breaking but arthritis is stopping me doing it well now. So....I know Panasonic are best brand to go for but what about the features on newer models, what are the features and are they just gimmicky or really good features?
Does anyone on Gn have one they don't use and would like to sell on ? Panasonic of course!

Nanabilly Tue 12-Jun-18 08:18:59

Flipping predictive text I did type breadmaker honest but it changed it to breakfast , which I must go and eat now as tummy is rumbling

Tweedle24 Tue 12-Jun-18 08:34:54

I had one but found the limitations of only one shape of loaf and having to take the fiddly paddle out too much. I used it for years but only for mixing/kneading the dough and then proving and baking as normal.
When it died, I bought a long desired Kenwood Chef and use the dough hook on that to mix and knead. I have much more flexibility in quantities and recipes.

Nanabilly Tue 12-Jun-18 09:08:27

I do have a Kenwood chef and have used it in the past for mixing and kneading but always did even more kneading to get the elasticity dough needs. Do you just use the dough hook and machine alone , how long do you machine knead it for tweedle ?

Ziggy62 Tue 12-Jun-18 10:27:16

love mine. I thought I was gluten intolerant as felt so ill and bloated after eating bread. friend and I were talking about how shop bread doesn't taste the same as it did when we were young plus it can last for weeks!!!!!

Decided to make my own additive free bread and have never felt better. Make a loaf every other day as there are only 2 of us here.

It is hard not to eat lots of it though, as the smell when it's cooking is so tempting

Tweedle24 Tue 12-Jun-18 16:59:43

Nannabilly, I follow the directions given for the Kenwood and check the elasticity and smoothness and do more if necessary, I do use the dough hook. I have arthritis in my hands so cannot hand knead for long.
I am finding that shop bought bread, even the freshly baked ones, do not taste too good. The wholemeal tastes too sweet and the white too salty.
I was directed towards Ocado’s own wholemeal which seems to suit best if the bought loaves.

Pittcity Tue 12-Jun-18 17:02:38

I use mine on the "dough" setting, which does the hard work. Then I shape it into rolls or batons and pop in the oven. Think I'd need 2 lots to make a large loaf or full sized baguette. Only rarely cook in the machine as the square loaf is not appealing to the eye....but tastes delish.

Franbern Tue 12-Jun-18 18:58:07

Just have put my Lakeland breadmaker up for sale on Gumtree. Like the idea, but not really useful. I live by myself, have local excellent bakeries, and with an on-going battle with my weight do not want to encourage myself to eat more bread laden with butter.
Many years ago, when had a large family, I used to make a lot of my own bread, no bread making machine, but I did use my large Kenwood mixer, the rest by hand.

Fennel Tue 12-Jun-18 19:10:45

Franbern - "but I did use my large Kenwood mixer, the rest by hand." With a dough hook.
That's what I do now (or will do when I get my own kitchen back after a housemove.)

Jalima1108 Tue 12-Jun-18 19:31:16

I have one, the bread I used to make in it was lovely (but yes, it can pile on the pounds!)
However, I now eat gf bread and find that comes out of the breadmaker like a brick so the machine is sitting in the utility room unloved and unused at the moment.

dionar Wed 13-Jun-18 15:13:45

I also have a Panasonic. It's a great breadmaker though I rarely use it now.

Parsley3 Wed 13-Jun-18 15:30:38

I also have a Panasonic and have used it regularly for 9 years now. I keep all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and it takes no time at all to measure them out and get a loaf going. I rarely eat shop bought bread now.

Nanabilly Wed 13-Jun-18 18:29:50

That's how I want to be parsley . Just eat my home baked bread. Yum.
I am sick and tired of buying loaves from supermarket bakeries , never the pre sliced bread that is like polystyrene and they fall apart when slicing or have a lump of cough at the bottom of a huge hole somewhere that makes a funny bit of toast or sandwich.
We are currently favouring morrison s bakery and are quite enjoying the bakery made loaf with spelt in it though I would much prefer to make my own . We do have an artisan bakery in a small local..ish town but at nearly £4 for a medium sized loaf I resent paying it.

autumnsun Tue 19-Jun-18 20:20:53

Franbern I have just bought your bread machine! I don't suppose you have any instructions for it do you? as I haven't got a clue what to do with it!

Mapleleaf Wed 20-Jun-18 19:13:07

I love my bread maker. Gets a lot of use. Panasonic.

Polly99 Wed 20-Jun-18 20:05:00

I love my Panasonic. I use it twice a week and it makes a lovely loaf. Rarely buy bread now and regret it if I do.

JustALaugh Wed 20-Jun-18 21:33:17


bread maker
toasted sandwich maker
ice cream maker
coffee thingy
egg poacher
foot spa
electric organ
chocolate fountain

All of those things went to the charity shop.

VigneshBK Wed 27-Mar-19 10:00:48

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GabriellaG54 Wed 27-Mar-19 12:38:43

I have one. Bought from eBay seller, second-hand.
Used but not often. Prefer to actually hand mix it night before. Leave to rise overnight and bake in oven next day.

jack2206 Wed 24-Apr-19 04:28:45

I use the Hamilton Beach programmable bread maker. It is easy to operate and allows to make not only bread, but also pizza dough, cakes, jams, flatbreads and croissants. Check it out here:

JonathanMetcalf Wed 01-May-19 07:04:02

I am so late over here but it's ok.
As we all know that and it is true that we use bread on a regular basis and one should have a breadmaker.
I don't know when I am going to have it. I simply use to purchase it from the outside.

LondonGranny Thu 26-Sep-19 14:56:41

Seriously thinking of getting one. I make bread every two or three days but a friend says they're less messy and the bread's just as good. Supermarket bread has too much salt in it and also nearly always milk as well and I often have visiting vegans, so making my own has always been useful and cheaper. Also I can add stuff like sesame or poppyseed. I do a lovely cashew and date wholemeal loaf and all.
It's certainly true that all that kneading is getting more tiring with every passing year and flour gets all over the kitchen table.
I don't think it would end up unused as I make bread often anyway. There is a good bakery about twenty minutes walk away but they charge £6 for an 'Artisan' sourdough loaf and it's not very big either! Not that I make sourdough bread anyway. Anyone notice that 'Artisan' just means a working-class job done by someone who went to Eton and charges a fortune?
I was originally put off breadmaker bread after going round a friends, seeing the hole left by the dough hook and thinking it had been eaten by mice!
I've looked at the Panasonic ones but phew! Not cheap.
Apparently Lidl have one in once a year that's meant to be good. Anyone used one of those? I don't want to spend a fortune.