bearcub wrote: »
But can't you choose the ingredients you use in any breadmaker? I've only used the current one, so I don't know how 'touchy' others are. We started with the recommended recipe, and have gradually changed it to suit ourselves, including limiting the amount of salt and sugar.
chipp wrote: »
I'm not a kitchen gadgety-type person but think I might treat myself, and if I do it will be to the Pan that everyone seems to be raving about.
However before I do, a few questions:
1. Water - other than by trial and error, given that all flours behave differently, how do you decide how much if you're not using the recipe given on the flour bag? When making bread by hand you just add it till it feels/looks right but from what I've been reading about breadmakers you measure everything accurately and close the lid. The recipe on the flour I normally use includes fat, which I would want to leave out. Pretty much trial and error, but it doesn't vary that much and you can always add more water as it mixes (I am attuned to the sound of mine as it mixes and kneads so I can always tell if it needs a little more water or flour for the right consistency)
2. Are all the parts that need washing after every use dishwasher safe or will I have to hand-wash? I guess it depends on the model. mine aren't but it is only a small paddle and the bread tin, so no hardship to wash by hand.
3. So far I've not found any dimensions, just a warning that when perched on a normal kitchen worktop the Pan won't fit under wall cupboards. Is this just because of opening the lid? I can't believe it's really that tall, you'd need a stepladder to see inside it! You won't be able to open the lid, if it is under a normal height wall cupboard. It would fit under it for storage if you wanted though.
Sui_Generis wrote: »
Just bought the Panny 2500 and as you have such long experience can you tell me if this is correct?
I've unpacked and found the paddle flops about on the centre spigot - there's about 30deg of play in it. My previous BM had a tightly fitting paddle is the Panasonic defective? I can't see this lasting long, surely it should fit tightly on the spigot?
Segedunum wrote: »
The paddle is intended to be loose on the spindle. This is to allow it to come off after making bread and cooked dough is trapped between the paddle and spindle. The looseness stops the paddle being 'glued' on by the set dough. Because of the different metals in paddle and spindle heat would create problems in the fit if it started of tight.
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