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A good replacement for a much earlier version
on 8 March 2017
I bought this to replace an earlier model which had finally bitten the dust after many years of loyal service. This one seems just as good, and the passage of time has produced a sleek machine which is a bit quieter than the original. There are several programmes which I'm working my way through.
(A) basic recipe white bread - I have adjusted the amount of sugar as I found the original a little too sweet. The bread rose just as well with less sugar.
(B) French bread setting: although obviously not in a traditional baguette shape the loaf was crusty and went perfectly with a bowl of soup when cut into chunks.
(C) Basic setting: fruit loaf - I have adjusted the recipe to add more fruit and changed cinnamon to mixed spice for a better flavour, but it produced a lovely loaf which has quickly become a favourite.
(D) brown bread setting: my first attempt sunk in the middle but I did not add vitamin C, which may have been the reason. Since Vit C is hard to come by in a basic form (not orange flavour coated pills), and buying online is expensive, I may not try this setting again.
(E) basic setting using 1/3 wholemeal, 2/3 white flour loaf - perfect
(D) dough setting: The dough comes out quite wet if you make just a dough recipe (say for making your own rolls), which means that the rolls I make are more flat than round, but they taste fine and the final texture is lovely. I have to use a fair bit of flour on the board and on my hands else the dough is so sticky its almost impossible to work with, but never having used any other brand of bread machine I'm not in a position to judge whether this is normal. I can say that my old machine often (but not always) turned out a sticky dough too.
All in all I'm very happy with it, and would buy another without hesitation.