Sent it back
I bought this bread maker mainly to make dough as I bake in the oven and have a Pizza oven which I make the dough for in a breadmaker. My old trusty Panasonic broke down after 12 years and so I decided to buy this one, what a mistake. The first 2 lots of dough I made resulted in the outside of the machine getting so hot you could not put your hand on it. The recipe book is useless as it is all chinese bread recipes with eggs and milk and other ingredients we would never put in a loaf of bread. I tried a loaf from start to finish but ended up with a brick. Tried six times to make dough of various hydration levels but all failed due to the heat produced by the machine which broke down the gluten in the dough. Fortunately I finally got my money back when Ebay stepped in and told the supplier to refund me instead of trying everything possible to avoid paying.
Purchased in January 2019 at Ebay.
First us was great
Brand new and used for first time today.. perfect loaf. Used Lauke Soy and linseed, used 800gm, 2tbs caster sugar, 3 tbsp olive oil, tsp salt, 1 sachet yeast. Set to 8, dark crust for 750gm loaf. A little,over 3 hours a perfect loaf. Reading other reviews, I must add that this is a first use, need to see if it continues to work as good as the first time. So far so good.
a big metal heap of junk
Before buying this machine, I asked if it had a Gluten Free setting. Definitely YES .
Was in hospital for months and didn"t even think of it for couple of months.Finally tried and NO GF setting. Have tried every setting I thought would be much the same , a lot of expensive GF and other ingredients in the bin.
A heap of junk
Contacted the company never replied.
Probably a waste of time trying for a refund but will make the effort
Be wary of 5 Star Chef! Bread maker had been used approx a dozen times before tripping safety switch. Was definitely this appliance that caused safety switch to trip nothing else as it happened 3 times before I threw it out. No where can I find a company called "5 Star Chef" probably some piece of junk made in india/China that makes total rubbish. Do the maths it's actually cheaper to buy bread!
Bit of a Hit & Miss
This is a lovely looking unit, very easy to use, cleans up really well and easily, but a bit noisy, good for me as I wear a hearing aid, nice load beep. I love the fact that you can remove the fruit & nut dispenser so you can give it a real good clean. The bread recipes that come in the little white book bake what looks to be a perfect loaf, but they turn out to be a very heavy dense bread that after three hours of cooking taste like its not cooked properly. That being said when I used my Lauke bread mix using the measurements in the book it came with, I ended up throwing it out just an awful brick of bread. So I decided to use the measurements that I used to use in my Panasonic bread maker 600g of mix, 360ml of water, and 2 teaspoons of yeast. The result a beautifully high light & fluffy loaf of bread. So basically I would suggest using the measurements that you used to use in any other bread maker that you may have owned. If you have never had a bread maker before go with the measurements on the actual bread mix itself, it will be a bit of trial and error. This is the only reason I gave a 3 star rating, if you have never used a bread maker before I think people will be put off by the bread recipes in the book and think the machine is faulty. Its not but as the machine comes from out of China the book does not go into any real detail. I have had this bread maker for around three weeks now, so I can't comment on how long it will last, but for the price which is excellent I was willing to give it a whirl before I brought the replacement part for my Panasonic which I have kept just in case!
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