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Takes time to bake perfection, the Panasonic does it every time.,
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This review is from: Panasonic SD2502 Stainless Steel Bread Maker (Kitchen & Home)
This is a big machine, it also has some weight, and while that sounds like a negative its actually not, this means when in operation it doesn't dance around your work surface as if it were doing a Tango.
It is lovely in brushed stainless steel and black and should be easy to keep clean, my major tip after having a few breadmakers, do everything away from the machine and maybe don't make the largest size for your first attemtp, that way it might have a hope of staying clean inside and out, cleaning inside is never easy, so best avoided if possible.
I am aware that the Panasonic takes longer to bake than other bread machines, and instantly I liked that, Does a new Rolls Royce pop off the production line every second, no it takes time to build something luxurious, the same is true of most things, bread included. That extra time really makes a difference here and so far I have had nothing but quality loaves from the Panasonic. Far better than any other bread machine I have had over the years and they ranged from cheap and cheerful up to top of the range brand names. The Panasonic comes out ahead of them all.
I was surprised at just how quiet the machine is, I was sitting next to it most of the time it was baking and I had to check it was still doing its thing the first time, it was so quiet, even the kneading was barely a shuffle to be heard, not like other machines that seem to be having wrestling competitions with the dough ( and often the dough won! LOL ) but not with the Panasonic, it just seemed to take it all in its stride.
There is a nice baked bread smell while baking, but not as much as other machines, then again its not burning or drying out the bread like other machines in past have.
When complete the baked bread has slid out with just a shake to release it, that non-stick coating really works and all I needed to do was give the thing a wipe down, no major cleaning. Please do not put it in the dishwasher, not a good idea, it doesn't need it and it will not do it any good.
The manual is one of the best I have ever seen. It is clear, easy to read for all ages, with large text and good diagrams and pictures, all in full colour. It is also regionalised with recipes such as Chelsea Buns, etc. The dough section does not just contain the same recipe as bread but don't bake it (like so many others) but it actually contains sensible recipies, take for example the french bread dough, instead of just being the same as the french bread loaf, it is rejigged for two french sticks to bake in the oven, a lot of thought has gone into this and it shows. A downloadable version is available in case you loose or damage yours via the Panasonic website or maybe you prefer to look at it on your iPad, well download it and you can do that.
I am impressed with the results, the french bread in-particular, took 6 hours but I could have been i Paris, with a little unsalted butter on it, I couldn't tell the difference. Delicious and definitely worth the time it took.
I also like that everywhere I looked I saw nothing but positive comments from people that had owned a Panasonic previously and it had lasted them for years, good to know.