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My new love!
After much research & reviews settled on this bread maker. Honestly the best investment I’ve made! Followed the instructions very nervously & bread was absolutely PERFECT! The 75/15 wholemeal is our favourite.
I have just bought this machine. I didn't quite believe one could dump measured ingredients into the bread pan, dial a few buttons, and wait a few hours until bread was cooked. It worked. There is a bar display to indicate what stage the bread is at. My first loaf, precise ingredients, was for a 50/50 white and whole meal. I chose the smallest size, medium. The resultant loaf was huge. It had the texture and taste of shop-bought bread, with a hint of yeastiness. I could smell the yeast in the kitchen for 24 hours. Time to tweak ingredients for ...my second loaf: less yeast, salt and sugar. This crusty soft white loaf was slightly smaller and tasted much better. I have to cut the loaves lengthwise horizontally to get suitable small slices for my diabetic needs, and to fit the toaster. One must use the correct flours and yeast. I bought the 2.4 kg boxes of local Adelaide Hills miller, Laucke, which contains the correct bread flours, in four bags, and a sachet of yeast. There are many varieties of bread available in this range. Each box makes 4-6 loaves. Alas, no using up of any old plain flour one may have. The machine: It looks good, but is big and it does take up a lot of bench space. It can't be put under high cupboards, because the open height is 24", (61 cms), and one still has to twist and lift the bread pan out with an oven glove. It also needs to be away from surfaces that can burn, such as wood. I have Caesar Stone. I pull the machine over to the middle of the bench to use. None of the components can be put in a dishwasher. The bread pan is non-stick and responds well to a wipe over. The bread must be taken out immediately the cycle is finished. The end of cycle beeper is faint, but it does repeat a few times. I know I would not hear it if I was watching television, or was in a far room. I put on my very loud timer as well. The kneading blade leaves a small hole, about 5 cents size, in the bottom of the loaf. The brochure of 48 pages: At last! This was a decent size booklet with lots of explanation. Good pictures. Lots of recipes for bread, dough, additives such as herbs, fruit, and nuts, and making jam. Small print at times, but NO bikini print: (itsy bitsy teeny weeny, which needs a magnifying glass plus specs). Other domestic product manufacturers take note. I am pleased to say I know I will enjoy using this. Post script: I have now veered away from the standard recipes. I can leave out the sugar, salt, butter and powdered milk so long as I activate the yeast in a little warm water first. I tried the 'adding extra ingredients' function. (I finely chopped some sunflower kernels). The machine made a clunking noise when the trapdoor released, and afterwards there was a low knocking sound with the extra kneading. No bother if you know what is happening.
Brilliance at its best
This machine is tops. I bake at least two loaves of bread a week. I usually purchase a complete bread mix, then add such items as Chia seeds. I mainly bake a type of wholegrain, but have successfully baked several types of RYE.For a nice tasting bread for toast I bake a white with extra fibre and add FROZEN BACKBERRIES. I must admit that I very rarely follow recipes from the book supplied but still have a 99% success rate. This machine is excellent.Do not be afraid to experiment with this machine.
Purchased in March 2012 for A$198.00.
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Not upto my expectations
My husband bought this for me as he loves fresh homemade bread.Tried several times exactly following the recipe from the book, but the bread seems nice and fluffy on the end but dense pasty in the middle. Tried warming the water a bit but still the same. Bought ingredients as in the book but still no success in making a fully fluffy bread .
Excellent Bread Maker for me
Bought about 18 years ago and have been baking 1 or 2 loaves a week. "Best bread ever" eaters comments. Machine showing signs of age. Plastic on lip of lid brittle and breaking. Buying a new one. It will probably outlive me. Only failures were my errors.
Purchased in June 2000.
I bought the Panasonic SD 2501 at Bridgetown Retravision , after a lot of research. No regrets.
It's whisper quiet, and bakes a beautiful loaf. I've so far made a herb and garlic loaf, plain white loaf and today a rye load. They were all fabulous. I didn't use premixes, the recipes in the book that comes with it are easy to follow, and the machine does the rest. Have had Breville in the past, but this machine is outstanding
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The perfect breadmaker except ...
The SD-2501 is a fantastic breadmaker. It has a very easy to use menu and the provided instruction manual has a lot of useful information and recipes. The bread it has made is excellent.
But there is one important caveat. DO NOT use dried fruit or nuts that are not soft. We decided to try the banana bread recipe that uses banana flakes. It seems the diamond-fluro coating is extremely thin and we now have circular wear rings in the base of the bread pan after baking this recipe once in our almost new breadmaker.
To be fair it is noted on page 14 of the manual that "Using large, hard seeds may scratch the coating of
the dispenser and bread pan."
Not Coming up to Expectations.
To be fair, I need to start by qualifying this review with the fact that I only bought this device for one purpose - to prepare dough. I haven’t tried using it for any other purpose and am unlikely to.
I bought the SD-2501 to replace a Sanyo bread maker we’d had for quite a few years, as the paddle was very worn and on the verge of breaking. I had been regularly using the Sanyo to prepare dough for French bread, baps and baguettes for about 6 months and was getting excellent results, with wonderfully light interiors and crisp crusts. The whole...process of first proving in the Sanyo took one hour and 30 minutes. The same process with the Panasonic takes either two hours and 20 minutes or three hours and 35 minutes depending on whether it’s “basic’ or French dough. I have been unable to get results anywhere near as good as I was getting with the Sanyo and the SD-2501 takes a heck of a lot longer. I don’t understand why. I’ve tried both dough recipes that came with the machine. The French dough recipe produces a dough that looks and feels great when it comes out of the maker, is easy to shape and seems to second-proof quite well, but oven spring tends to be more outwards than upwards, leading to a product that just doesn’t have that wonderful international lightness. Having said that, the results are not “bad”. As my wife says, it’s still reasonable bread.. just not up to the standard we had become used to. And perhaps, with time and further experimentation, I might find an approach that will give me the results I want with this device. But a key word here is “time”. If the Panasonic had a somewhat shorter processing time, I would feel more inclined to experiment further. And this should be simple enough to achieve. You see, a big factor in the Panasonic’s longer times is the pre-rest built into the program. Now I know some bakers swear by pre-resting the ingredients, but I have never found it helped all that much. If Panasonic at least made this resting period optional, the whole process could be shortened considerably, and that would probably be enough to convince me to keep it and keep working with it. As it stands, though, I have decided to order a new paddle for the old Sanyo from the States and sell the Panasonic
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Great bread maker
If you want a bread maker that is solid, does the job, and is pretty easy to use, then this one will tick those boxes.
Initially we used it every second day and baked a new loaf every time we had eaten the last one.
We absolutely loved the timer aspect - waking up to the smell of freshly baking bread is superb.
We then experimented with different additives (eg. swap out plain sugar for other sweeteners)
But yeah, we got a bit sick of eating bread after a while.
I forgot to add the butter/fat to one loaf and although it baked and came out lookin...
Perfect - even for a novice like me
My husband purchased this for me as I wanted to try my hand at making our own bread. Because I had never used a bread maker before, I read the manual and watched a few youtube videos and I was on my way!
The machine is super simple to use and the manual provides a lot of information and recipes to ensure your success when making bread
Clean up is also a breeze, I cannot fault this machine at all
I have tried making both white and wholemeal bread, and my husband absolutely loved it
I have not made the fancy breads yet, have just stuck to white ...
Fruit and nut dispenser
I have had my 2501 bread machine for about 10 years and have had 2 recipes published in Product Review. About 6 months ago the plastic clip holding the bottom of the fruit and nut dispenser broke weakened by the regular heat when baking. I repaired it twice using Loctite cement but that didn't last. I looked around the 'Net' and found the best price for a new dispenser at Fruugo Aust. for $58.00 including delivery. I will keep the defective dispenser and use it for all loaves except fruit and nut by fitting a bolt and nut into the hole used by ...the broken clip. I will use the new dispenser only for fruit and nut loaves and with limited use should last a long time. Prices from other spare parts suppliers were as high as $95 and from the UK you can buy a metal clip made by 3D printing for $110 including delivery. Bake on,Rob Thomas.
Great bread maker
It’s a great bread maker And has been absolutely perfect cooking bread or making pizza dough nearly every day, but after 5y the paddle and pan have lost their non stick coating and motor on pizza mode seems to have lost grunt. The toss up is will the next one loose it’s coating
Purchased in March 2015.
Good but there's a catch
I'm on my second of these and they perform very well. The downside is that the non-stick coating in the pan and on the paddle don't seem to last. I make a loaf every other day, usually multigrain type flour and I guess the hard seeds are too much for the coating. When this happened with my first unit I was torn between buying a new breadpan and paddle (for around $200 or so) or an entire new unit for around $300. In the end I bought the new unit. Now after a couple of years the same thing has happened. As much as I want to stick with Panasonic, I can't keep doing this. I'll give the cheaper Breville unit a try and see whether that non stick lasts longer.
Purchased in July 2018 for A$325.00.
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Easy to use. Quality and convienence
I loving making bread. this machine very easy to use basically two steps. you put ingredients in and take it out nice and fresh bread ready. Machine will get everything else done for you.
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Love this breadmaker- does a perfect loaf every time! The quick loaf is great & takes less than 2 hours. You can also use the pizza dough setting to make your own bread rolls or cheese & bacon rolls etc. I highly recommend this.
Really good maker!
One things though, the delay timer, in the way it works, you cant delay 13 hours, basically in 13 hours bread is made already, so delaying time is only 13 hour - length of bread cycle you choose to make. But happy with the machine and amazing bread! the recepies, not following them, I found a mix flower bread, and choose cycle only, easy recipe themselfs dont quite work
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Easy to use
Got this for MIL during covid lock down.
It Makes good Bread!
Easy to clean, and compact.
Can make just the right amount of bread.
Nice that can add raisins and nuts intermittently.
Adaptable to different recipes.
Love this breadmaker
Bought this 2 weeks ago. Love this Panasonic, but disappointed when seeing prices other people paid in April $247 at JBHifi and similar price at Harvey Norman in June I was charged ,$349 shameful JB coronavirus exploitation. Anyway I love this breadmaker much better than my previous one.
Questions & Answers
Having just bought a Panasonic SD-2501 breadmaker, following a glowing CHOICE review, to make Gluten free bread I'm extremely disappointed with the result. I'm using Gluten Free Premium Crusty Bread Mix and Yeast from Pantryman and have used both Menu 12 recipes from the Panasonic operating instructions and Pantryman instructions from Well & Good. The loaf comes out solid and the last time only half the loaf rose. What could be the problem please?
I’m looking to purchase this to make gluten-free bread. I believe that it’s endorsed by the coeliac society. Could those who are using this for gluten free bread let me know their thoughts on it.
I do not cook Gluten free, but there is four recipes for this on page 30 in the brochure that comes with the machine. The recipes I use have all turned out well, but they are much simpler to assemble.
- MPN: 1921, 35902769, PSD2501, SD-2501 and SD2501
- GTIN13: 5025232611966 and 8887549410017
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