Dense, doughy little cob-loaves
Loving the quality of the loaves from our 25+ year old "original" Panasonic bread maker and recognising that this geriatric Old Faithful is liable to simply stop working any day now, I purchased this Artisan model which promises loaves with a lovely crisp crust. Unfortunately, despite many trials and subtle jigging of quantites of the ingredients, and endless reference to the "trouble shooting" pages, all I have been able to produce are loaves that are overly dense and doughy. True, the crusts are deliciously crispy - but the insides are una...ppetising. The same batches of flour and yeast that produce these awful loaves are still producing lovely lofty loaves in our Old Faithful, so it's not anything to do with "old" flour/yeast. I can only assume that these awful dense, doughy cobs are exactly what this new model is supposed to produce. Very disappointing indeed.
Bought this a month ago, never had a failure, every loaf comes out lovely. It has a nice crusty finish every time and so soft internally. If we want a softer crust we leave it overnight. The best loaf we have made though was a cheese and bacon loaf it was exceptional and still soft on the third day when it was completely devoured. Great breadmaker and a huge improvement on our 20 year old Sunbeam breadmaker. It looks a bit basic internally, but the fact the element is raised is what gives it the crusty finish. Its probably not as versatile or has as many features as some other machines, but who cares if it makes bread as good as this
Bread is perfect, hard to remove from tin
Love the machine and the bread but are very surprised at how hard it is to remove from pan. The paddle, and the bread, gets stuck in the tin every time! I am not new to bread makers and have never experienced this before. Bread usually falls out, paddle in loaf, easily removed. This one is stuck like a brick. Recently purchased Myer Karrinyup WA
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Recently purchased this bread maker hoping for a more versatile product. The ceramic pan is excellent, however the bread maker offers no flexibility in programs and does a second beating down during the rise time with all programs, after which it does not allow enough time for the bread to rise again, resulting in a very heavy loaf regardless of the program. I have added extra yeast with slight improvement only. There seems to be no way around this other than to use this bread maker for kneading only - not the purpose for which it was bought. The crusty loaves typically end up slightly burnt and again there is no option for adjusting cook time. For a top of the range bread maker it is very disappointing and I would not recommend it.
The loaves really are crusty
The one thing that made me not buy a bread maker was that the bread is never crusty like you get if you bake it yourself. I have always used the Dutch oven method for beautifully crusty results. When I saw this bread maker online and it said it made crusty bread, I had to know more.
I read a few overseas reviews and decided to take the plunge, it is expensive at over $400 compared to other bread makers. I was not disappointed.
Using setting 1 a white hard crust bake with Laucke Wallaby flour produced a beautiful crusty loaf with a good crumb. T...
High quality and Efficient bread dough mixer
This Panasonic Bread maker is very clean and smart looking. I use the machine on program number 16 to produce a dough, which can then be hand kneaded to whatever shape you intend making. After kneading the dough I place in two bread pans, and put the two pans into a Miele oven to prove (45mins) -the oven is set to automatically introduce steam at 3, 6 and 9mins. After the prove has completed, I reset the oven to a bake cycle (37mins at 200C). The bread mixer machine is of a very good quality, and the bowl is ceramic coated, and is very easy to...keep clean. The mixer has a fast turning mixing paddle action, which stretches and develops the dough well. Although I have only used the SD-ZP2000 to mix doughs (as we like normal shaped loaves), I am able to obtain excellent loaves with this superb bread making machine.
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