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The easiest way to make bread
I purchased a Sunbeam BM2500 Compact Bakehouse 750g Breadmaker so I can make heaps of bread quickly and easily for breakfast and I can also make Pizza dough for Pizzas as well for my family and friends when I move into my own unit in March 2021. The staff were kind to me and the service was terrific because they organised somebody to deliver it the next day for me.
Gluten Free bread making
Much research went into selecting this bread maker, it was worth the effort.
I live about 100kms away from a supermarket so purchasing gluten free bread isn’t easy. Making my own is the only real option. My husband surprised me with it for Christmas.
I did try the recipe in the instruction booklet, it wasn’t great. Very heavy, tasted fine but I couldn’t eat it daily. If anyone has a tried and tested gluten free bread recipe please share!
So I purchased the Well & Good gluten free crusty bread mix and it is perfect. Smells so good when cooking a...
Purchased in December 2020.
Excellent little machine
7 years of reliable service, used several times per week, often daily or more often. Very simple and easy to use and doesn't look bulky or industrial on the kitchen bench. It's compact and not too heavy: we've stored it in a lower cupboard, lifting onto the bench each time it's used and it's not a problem. Does everything it's supposed to do just fine. A very serviceable little workhorse.
Purchased for $85.00.
Very happy so far
Just purchased the BM2500 and it works well. Very easy controls and what appears to be a good operating manual with some enticing looking recipes which I am keen to try.
I know I should have made my very first loaf using a tried and proven bread pak such as a "Laucke Crusty White" which sounded like a fool proof way to go.
Instead, because we like Raisin bread toasted for brekky sometimes, I decided to give the recipe on p16 a go first.
Spiced Fruit Loaf.
I did all the right things, even double checking my volume and weight measurements wi...
Purchased in October 2020.
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Delivered today, can’t remove bread bin from machine 28/8/20
Cannot remove bread bin from machine which is new, delivered today. This appears to be a known issue. Am on the phone to customer service waiting on advice on suggestion. Machine is being returned to Sunbeam.
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Does the job but beeping overnight an issue
Makes nice bread, stick to basic type of flour though. Love the French Bread with great crust and super soft inside. If you leave it to bake overnight, there are some irritating beeps that might wake you.
Great bread shame about the chunk left in breadmaker
Its very easy to start the process - I did it while making toast this morning, but its a shame that the bread stuck to the paddle gets left behind when you remove the loaf. I get a really tasty multigrain loaf in 4 hours after about 3 minutes preparation time. See the picture for the bread lost when removing the loaf from the bread maker
Purchased in August 2016 for $300.00.
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I bought this machine less than 2 weeks ago and was using the Atkins bread mix. The first loaf was perfect. The second had an uneven rise but still had a great taste and texture. The third and fourth loaves did not bake at all and presented at the end of the cycle as sticky uncooked blob. We used the same setting but it does not seem to be heating up any more. Have gone back to the supplier to request a refund
Purchased in August 2019 for $99.00.
Good bread, needed some tweaks to recipe
We bought this cheap on sale, and are happy with it. It's noisy, it's a bit big, and it has a super annoying raisin beep. Initially the bread was perfect every time, but after a few months, the bread became a little inconsistent. So we varied quantities a little (one ingredient at a time) and worked out a recipe that was consistent for us.
I'm happy enough with it, but when we run it at night all the doors to the kitchen have to be shut or a the bread kneading and beeping wakes me up. But, we got it cheap so I'm not complaining, and once we worked the recipe out, the bread is great.
Purchased in November 2018.
Just in time for Easter hot cross buns!!
Picked up the BM2500 last week, just before Easter, happy to discover that there is a hot cross buns recipe in the manual, and a panettone recipe (Italian Easter treat)!
Very easy to operate, easy to clean (just leave the dough to dry out in the bread pan for a few hours, then it will easily peel off the non-stick coating, then wash), just set the menu, press the button and leave.
Haven't tried the suggestion of lifting the paddle out before the last rise yet, it left a much smaller hole than the last bread maker I used. Next time will use the...Program Time Settings (p. 36 of the manual) to calculate the time before the 3rd rise and remove the paddle. Only complaint is that there are no sugar-free recipes in the manual, even for basic bread recipes!!? Using Sunbeam's Hot Cross Buns recipe as a guide, concocted my own sugar-free Hot Cross Buns recipe, worked a treat! Laucke rye bread mix worked well too, no added sugar. Machine is a little noisy, but we have ours in the laundry, right next to the kitchen (open plan, no door between laundry and kitchen), and it's no noisier than the washing machine. Other reviewers have mentioned it's too noisy to run late at night, not an issue for us, we don't make bread in the middle of the night.......
Purchased in April 2019.
Makes Lovely Bread
I had a $100 voucher to use at Appliances Online so decided to take the plunge and buy a bread maker. This one was the cheapest at $109 and it had good reviews so that was enough for me. This is the first bread maker I've ever used and by my third loaf I have perfect sourdough.
I tried the sourdough recipe in the manual first and the consistency and flavour were nice but it only rose halfway up the pan so was a little small (next time I'll try more yeast). Since then I've been using the Laucke Sourdough mix and although the pre-measured sac...hets are too big (600g) for the Sunbeam Compact Bakehouse if I use 400g of the Laucke mix with 280ml of water and 1.25 tsp of yeast I get a fluffy loaf with a crunchy crust that rises just over the top of the pan (but doesn't reach the lid). I've been using the "Medium" crust setting. One of the other reviewers recommended gently removing the kneading blade with wet hands just before the final rise and I agree with that, if you don't remove it it's hard to remove the bread from the pan, hard to remove the blade from the pan (unless you soak it to soften all the dough stuck in the connector) and it leaves a hole in the bottom of the loaf. It's not hard to remove and if you do it before the last rise the loaf rises nicely again. Don't do it after the last rise or the loaf will fall and then the bake cycle will start and you'll end up with a small dense loaf. I don't find it noisy apart from the loud beeps about 20 mins in and when the baking cycle finishes which means I probably won't use it overnight, I really wish there was a volume setting. But apart from that minor issue I'm making bread every second day now for myself and my partner and am very happy with it.
Excellent-been using for 12 months
No problems at all after 12 months heavy use-easy to use, compact and bakes a perfect loaf every time. Handy hint for first timers-when baking a white loaf with medium crust set an alarm clock and remove the paddle when there's 1.45 left on the breadmakers countdown after you hear the quick reshape of the dough, I use a clean wet hand to just reach under and twist and pull the paddle out then gently reshape the dough, you can work out the time to do that on all the different bread settings by using the timetables in the manual-it means that you don't leave a big hole in the bottom of the loaf by taking the paddle out after the bread is baked. Hope this helps!
Very loud noise
I am not sure if it's my recipes problem or what but I only used this machine couple of time and only less than 50% of the time the bread turn out ok. I used it to mix dough after that, as the bread I made was always too hard. To be fair it might be just my recipe problem....I don't know. But the noise it makes during the dough mixing is so loud that we can't have it program to delay (make it overnight) as it could wake the whole family up in the middle of the night!
Instead I used it to make dough and proof the dough and that turns out alright.
Easy to use, convenient.
It is a really good product with reasonable and affordable price, it saved me a lot of time and effort on baking, the function is simple to understand and use, I have been using it for more than 2 years. Only one problem, the bottom of the container leaks after using for a while, but I think this is ok.
I have always tried to follow recipe measure for measure. The machine is easy enough to use.
I particularly wanted to bake my own bread to save on the cost of buying Gluten Free bread. I have never had a positive result. For this reason i haven't used the machine often, however now the Crust button has stopped working.
Easy to use
Bought this bread maker and have used it nonstop ever since. Only problem I've had is the top of the loaf sinking after baking. Although I've troubleshooted this it is still occurring. Unknown why as I have been using exact measurements. This however does not affect the taste of the loaf. Very easy to use. Would be great to have a doughnut dough recipe though!
Could use a better cup and spoon
Compact better than the competition quiet compact "BEST IN CLASS SIZE & SIZE." Could come with a better measuring spoon and cup. as the teaspoon linking only meansure 1-1/2 & to small to read while excluding the critical 1/4 measurements needed as the cup ml font also in tiny writing forces me to use a magnifing glass and purchase other tools in my kitchen like Pyrex's measure cup. takes up little space doesn't bounce or make noise like I have experienced with breville. While lid is easy to remove & clean for beginner user error s with good v...iewing window. great that comes in white as lasts longer that way like most electricals when purchased in white replacement gurantee was great being a heavy duty user baking 3 loafs 1kg a week using Laucke premix
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Possibly best value bread maker, with some issues.
This breadmaker replaced an Akai. However, the Akai did have a 2 year warranty which was needed as it went faulty after 18 months.
The Sunbeam's removable cover, which is a great idea for cleaning does not always close properly. If that happens the oven loses temperature resulting in an undercooked loaf. If you are aware of this, and check it, there is no problem.
There is IMHO a weird delay in Whole Wheat menu in that you START, and it sits warming the pan for 30 minutes which possibly is not really necessary but could make user wrongly th...ink the Wheat function is faulty (see other reviews). Compared to the Akai Breadmaker: its not as noisy; in fact its quiet. Loaf size of 750g is what we call a standard loaf in NZ and is more than adequate. There is reasonable headroom from the pan top to cover, which means if the loaf rises too much its less likely to stick to the top. I'd like to see Sunbeam up its warranty from 1 to 2 years as 2 years is becoming more common. As a follow up a month later, using BM2500 at least every third day: Wholemeal/Plain Flour mix, despite trying reduce yeast, change yeast to different type, reduce water, reduce sugar it either does not rise properly, or rises then collapses when Bake starts. Have tried both wheat and plain menu, makes no difference. Plain flour is no problem and loaves are consistent. Later.... I found the inconsistencies were due to it being very critical with Yeast and water quantities. Akai breadmaker using same ingredients never gave this problem. Now Ive got it sussed, I really like the bread its producing. Sadly, it has now developed a faulty pan lock on the base support which makes the pan very loose and bangs around when its kneading; eventually the support will totally destruct.
This is excellent.
This breadmaker makes perfect small or large loaves which are very crusrty. That is how I like my bread. I usually make my bread with walnuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds kibbled rye and whole linseed and as I don't measure just put in what I think, I sometimes put a little too much and the bottom crust ends up covered but that is delicious.
Questions & Answers
I am wanting to know measurements of the compact bread maker and what voltage/watts it is please
Attached is all the information you have requested for the BM2500 https://www.sunbeam.com.au/kitchen-and-home/cooking/bread-makers/compact-bakehouse-750g-bread-maker
Hi, first time tried the gluten free recipe and it was a mixed bag - didn't rise at all. Tried make a plain wholemeal recipe today and the machine isn't kneading even though the timer is running. Could you please help? I've reset and restarted a few times, checked the blade and connection and everything seems fine.
I have just sent you a private message if you could kindly respond via that please.
I’ve used my new sunbeam bake house compact BM2500 model bread maker for a couple of weeks and most times the paddle sticks to the base and I’m left with a large hole in the bottom of the loaf. Am I doing something wrong? Help!
Sadly you will be left with a hole in the base of the bread but usually you can tap the paddle and it comes away without taking the bread with it so the hole is minimal.
When tipping the bread out the paddle does come with it, perhaps jiggle the paddle a little first to release it.
Hope this helps.
EVERYBODY has trouble with this. Its unavoidable with bread makers. I followed someone else's tip and at the end of the last "kneed" cycle I use clean wet hands to dig down under the dough and remove the paddle. Its a bit messy but you then pat down the moist dough into the tub and it will rise ok again. What you are left with in the finished bread is a small hole from the spindle.
using the normal No 1 setting on medium crust the time to remove is 1hr 45mins to go to finish.
At that time you will hear a short kneed and then do it.
My biggest problem these days when using 'non standard' packs of bread mix is the dough rising up too high and sticking to the underside of the lid. Make sure you only use 500g mix of flour and not too much yeast or warm water.
Alternatively you can remove the dough and put it in a bread tin to rise and then bake in the oven.
hope this helps
- MPN: 1286, BM2500 and SNB-BM2500
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