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Two dumb questions about bread-makers

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Si_Clist
Si_Clist Posts: 1,490 Forumite
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edited 22 March 2021 at 1:47PM in I wanna buy it or do it
I am getting a bit fed up of making our bread every two days, so I have two questions about bread makers.
Do you have to use the bags of ingredients sold for bread makers, or could I still just use wholemeal flour, yeast and water like when I make proper bread?
And what do you gain by buying a more upmarket contraption than an entry-level breadmaker like perhaps https://www.argos.co.uk/product/5652374?clickSR=slp:term:breadmaker:1:7:1

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  • carly
    carly Posts: 1,421 Forumite
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    The bread maker comes with a recipe book which uses flour , yeast, water  etc.  You can use your own preferred recipe  too ( may need a little tweak re water amounts etc ) but that will come with experience.  In fact its easier to use the recipe book than a bread mix pack, as those are not specifically designed for bread makers.
    I would say get a Panasonic breadmaker.  In my experience they are head and shoulders above all the other makes and produce more reliably consistent tasty bread.  Yes they cost more , but my current model is 9 years old and still works well
  • 203846930
    203846930 Posts: 4,708 Forumite
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    You can use anything you like in your bread maker.

    I have a question for you.
    How do you get the bread to last 2 days?
    No matter what size loaf I make, I can't resist it and it is all gone in less than 24 hours.
  • Si_Clist
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    How do you get the bread to last 2 days?
    By making it in the traditional way and not wanting to do that every morning - even though it only take me 12 minutes to weigh, mix and knead :)

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    Si_Clist said:

    How do you get the bread to last 2 days?
    By making it in the traditional way and not wanting to do that every morning - even though it only take me 12 minutes to weigh, mix and knead :)

    I had got to the point that the machine was going every day simply because I could not resist the taste of the different recipes that I was baking, I have had to put the machine away, it was costing me too much in terms of my weight and diabetes levels.
  • Si_Clist
    Si_Clist Posts: 1,490 Forumite
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    Can't be doing with fancy breads here.  Wholemeal spelt flour, salt, yeast and water is all it takes to keep us happy :)
    A positive attitude won't solve all your problems, but with luck it'll annoy enough people to make the effort worthwhile.
  • elsmandino
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    carly said:
    The bread maker comes with a recipe book which uses flour , yeast, water  etc.  You can use your own preferred recipe  too ( may need a little tweak re water amounts etc ) but that will come with experience.  In fact its easier to use the recipe book than a bread mix pack, as those are not specifically designed for bread makers.
    I would say get a Panasonic breadmaker.  In my experience they are head and shoulders above all the other makes and produce more reliably consistent tasty bread.  Yes they cost more , but my current model is 9 years old and still works well
    Hi there.
    I note that Panasonic breadmakers seem to be quite liked on here. 
    If your breadmaker were to break, what model do you think you might buy? (I assume that the exact model you, have being 9 years old, has been replaced).
  • carly
    carly Posts: 1,421 Forumite
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    Hi, I'd buy either the 2501 or 2511, the fruit and nut dispenser is handy but not essential if you are in the house when you want to add extra items. I don't need it to be fashionable chrome or black as it lives in a cupboard when not in use, so a basic white model would be fine.
  • elsmandino
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    Thanks Carly - much appreciated.
    Currys have got the 2511 for only £99.00, at the moment, so have ordered one of those.
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