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Thought I'd post as a heads up as this saves a couple of pounds on the Curry's deal posted earlier (as others have mentioned).

I have one of these and they are excellent.

SD-256WXC

10 Bread & Dough Modes
3 different loaf sizes
Crust control
Rapid Bake: 1Hr 55 Min
13-Hour Delay Timer


With its new modern styling finished in white with cool-touch housing, this breadmaker is an ideal addition to your home. An angled, easy to use control panel offers simplicity of design ensuring ease of operation. The SD256 gives you the convenience of having fresh bread at anytime from fresh basic ingredients and can cater for particular dietary requirements (gluten free, low salt, high fibre).

The SD256 has a Super Rapid Option to produce a white or brown loaf in only 1 hour 55 minutes and a Sandwich Option to bake softer bread with a thinner crust - ideal for making perfect sandwiches. This model also features a versatile Dough Option to make dough from white, brown or wholemeal flour for rolls, buns, croissants etc. and a French Dough Option for crusty French sticks.

Additional Features: Bake Only Option for cakes/tea breads, Cookery Advice Line.
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#1
it's £76 on Amazon so yes this is cheaper, got the previous model and can't live without it. Had a Morphy Richards before, but the Panasonic one is better
#2
Anyone recomend some good recipes for this, Ive tried some and just cant get the bread light enough, mine feel too firm.
#3
gary_rip
Anyone recomend some good recipes for this, Ive tried some and just cant get the bread light enough, mine feel too firm.

I would assume that the French bread recipe from the previous model would be the same. Produces a very light bread with a crisp crust.
#5
No, there was a French bread mode/recipe with the previous models that I assumed would be carried over.

400g strong white bread flour
1 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp salt
15g butter
290ml water

Wack it all in. Keep the water away from the yeast by putting the yeast in first & the water last. Select the French bread mode & wait 6 hours. Best done overnight on the timer.
#6
gary_rip
Anyone recomend some good recipes for this, Ive tried some and just cant get the bread light enough, mine feel too firm.

Gary - here is mine. I make 2-3 loaves a week on my SD252 Panasonic and they are always good.

Put this in the pan in order

1 Teaspoon Tesco easy bake yeast (green box)
500g Tesco Strong white flour (£0.50 a bag at the moment !)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1.5 teaspoons salt
20g milk powder
25g butter or veg oil
330ml warm water
1 tablespoon white vinegar (optional)

Bung it on the normal 4 hour program and it should be fine. I've had probably 100+ decent loaves using this recipe and my dad uses the same one as well.

What is really really important is that you get a set of digital scales to make sure you always have the same quantities - a £8 set from Tesco or Aldi is fine. Even 20g either side can result in vastly different loaves of bread.
#7
Oh and don't use the rapid bake unless you're totally desperate for bread - its always a heavier stodgy loaf.

Edited By: bbdom on Mar 21, 2011 16:45
#8
gary_rip
Anyone recomend some good recipes for this, Ive tried some and just cant get the bread light enough, mine feel too firm.


Which bread maker have you got?
A friend of mine who has a different one to mine has to put the wet stuff in first, Panasonic dry first.
#9
Will try here. Do any of you know if a loaf from this will last 3 days like shop bought?
#10
bbdom
1 Tablespoon sugar
oO

Caz42
Will try here. Do any of you know if a loaf from this will last 3 days like shop bought?

Probably not as it will be eaten by then!

I mostly make the French bread as above because I'm diabetic & it has no sugar. It's just about OK on day three but will obviously depend on how you store it. There's always toast!


Edited By: rbz5416 on Mar 21, 2011 17:05
#11
Caz42
Will try here. Do any of you know if a loaf from this will last 3 days like shop bought?

Not fresh, no. But it doesn't need to - you just make another one when you need it.
#12
I've seen this much higher. My partner has coeliacs, so I thought of buying him one as this has a gluten free mode. I'm told most of the cheaper breadmakers don't have this function which basically cooks the bread on a lower temperature, for longer or something like that.

May buy one myself. Any other HUKD coeliacs here who can recommend a breadmaker?
#13
rbz5416
bbdom
1 Tablespoon sugar
oO
Whats the problem ? The Panasonic recipe calls for it and if you're doing a shorter program than the 6 hour French Bread then you need a little extra sugar to help the yeast along.

1 tablespoon = around 10g which is around 1% of the total loaf weight - not really that excessive lol
#14
Newbold
Caz42
Will try here. Do any of you know if a loaf from this will last 3 days like shop bought?

Not fresh, no. But it doesn't need to - you just make another one when you need it.


Thank you. Don't know if I could be bothered to have to make bread every other day though, and wouldn't that end up more expensive in the end too. I gave away my new deep fat fryer, my steamer and numerous other gadgets I've bought which end up unused so will have a think this time.
#15
bbdom
rbz5416
bbdom
1 Tablespoon sugar
oO

Whats the problem ? The Panasonic recipe calls for it and if you're doing a shorter program than the 6 hour French Bread then you need a little extra sugar to help the yeast along.

1 tablespoon = around 10g which is around 1% of the total loaf weight - not really that excessive lol


Yikes, do some people think that's a lot as I put that much in my tea .....10 cups per day!
#16
Am I right in thinking this isn't Panasonic's own web site, and that they just sell Panasonic goods?
1 Like #17
The key benefits for me are:

1. All the ingredients last in the cupboard for ages so you can always get fresh bread without having to go to the shops.
2. You can adapt the recipes to suit your taste or health requirements.
3. Once you have a standard recipe it's very quick to weigh out (a couple of minutes at the most).
4. You can also make really interesting flavoured breads, rye breads, sweet or savoury breads.
5. There's only one pan to wash up.... and a measuring spoon.

£70 might seem a lot but this is so much better than the cheaper breadmakers and once you have a favourite recipe you'll make it time and time again because it's so much nicer than mass produced supermarket bread.
#18
Does wholemeal turn out nice?
#20
bbdom
Whats the problem ? The Panasonic recipe calls for it and if you're doing a shorter program than the 6 hour French Bread then you need a little extra sugar to help the yeast along.

1 tablespoon = around 10g which is around 1% of the total loaf weight - not really that excessive lol
Which Panasonic do you have? The most that a white loaf requires on my 254 is 2 teaspoons to 550g of flour.
#21
bbdom
gary_rip
Anyone recomend some good recipes for this, Ive tried some and just cant get the bread light enough, mine feel too firm.
Gary - here is mine. I make 2-3 loaves a week on my SD252 Panasonic and they are always good.

Put this in the pan in order

1 Teaspoon Tesco easy bake yeast (green box)
500g Tesco Strong white flour (£0.50 a bag at the moment !)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1.5 teaspoons salt
20g milk powder
25g butter or veg oil
330ml warm water
1 tablespoon white vinegar (optional)

Bung it on the normal 4 hour program and it should be fine. I've had probably 100+ decent loaves using this recipe and my dad uses the same one as well.

What is really really important is that you get a set of digital scales to make sure you always have the same quantities - a £8 set from Tesco or Aldi is fine. Even 20g either side can result in vastly different loaves of bread.

Thanks for this, will be off to tesco tonight then!

And yeah I have digital :-)
1 Like #22
You can also get free fresh yeast at supermarkets if you ask at the bakery (at least thats the case for Asda).
#23
rbz5416
Which Panasonic do you have? The most that a white loaf requires on my 254 is 2 teaspoons to 550g of flour.
I've got the old SD-252 - works for me.

I've had it from new - maybe 4-5 years ago - its been used at least 3 times a week (in fact its on at the moment making naan bread dough .....)
#24
shawty1984
You can also get free fresh yeast at supermarkets if you ask at the bakery (at least thats the case for Asda).

Fresh yeast takes a lot of getting used to for using in breadmakers - best to stick to dried instant until you are getting consistent loaves out.
#25


I use this one.... AMAZING!!!!
My Bread Maker!

Edited By: ourdevonfamily on Mar 21, 2011 17:58
#26
haha!
#27
gary_rip
Anyone recomend some good recipes for this, Ive tried some and just cant get the bread light enough, mine feel too firm.


Use more yeast.

If using the little double packets, use one and a half or two. Also - disolve a vitamin C tablet (the one for making a fizzy vitaminc C orange/lime drink) in the water before you add it. Ascorbic acid is a bread enhancer (as is lemon juice - but I have never tried this).

If you are not using sachets - add more yeast, a little more sugar, and a vit C tablet while activating the yeast. Remember to have the water a mix of 50% boiling and 50% tap to get the right temperature and DONT add the yeast to boiling water before mixing or it will kill it (although the vit C can be added to the boiling water - as it will disolve quicker).

Using the second way is not recommended for machines - only as it makes it seem more complicated - but offers more control.
1 Like #28
My very well used Panasonic SD-252 - this loaf was a brown/white mix and was made with 500g flour and 1 teaspoon of Tesco yeast (with the recipe I posted on the first page)

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/2030/breadmaker1.jpg
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7228/breadmaker2.jpg
#29
Just double checked and its just over 6 years old now - hows that for build quality .....
#30
Infinite Element
Am I right in thinking this isn't Panasonic's own web site, and that they just sell Panasonic goods?

Absolutely.

This website has nothing to do with panasonic. It is not a website related to the actual panasonic retail shop in anyway. This is purely some random etailler that decided to use pana in its name for marketing purpose. So do your own research about the company before ordering.
#31
I have had mine for about a year and its the only gadget that has been worth the money, I use mine about 5 times a week, takes only a minute to weigh out ingredients, even my husband can do it and he never cooks!!! I havent bought shop bread since, the recipes that come with the book are all good and I happen to love the quick loaf that takes under two hours.There is no mess and the pan just needs a wipe after use, I find it easier than buying bread and storing it and I work in supermarkets everyday. It doesnt last 3 days like shop bought as it has no nasty additives that shop bought has, and the loaves are quite small so you can make a fresh one every day, get one and i promise you you will never look back and the granary loaf is to die for!!!
#32
angie7777777
I have had mine for about a year and its the only gadget that has been worth the money, I use mine about 5 times a week, takes only a minute to weigh out ingredients, even my husband can do it and he never cooks!!! I havent bought shop bread since, the recipes that come with the book are all good and I happen to love the quick loaf that takes under two hours.There is no mess and the pan just needs a wipe after use, I find it easier than buying bread and storing it and I work in supermarkets everyday. It doesnt last 3 days like shop bought as it has no nasty additives that shop bought has, and the loaves are quite small so you can make a fresh one every day, get one and i promise you you will never look back and the granary loaf is to die for!!!



Thats the probelm though Angie, I'm worried I will like it too much. Any idea how many calories in one whole loaf from it?
#33
bbdom
My very well used Panasonic SD-252 - this loaf was a brown/white mix and was made with 500g flour and 1 teaspoon of Tesco yeast (with the recipe I posted on the first page)

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/2030/breadmaker1.jpg
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7228/breadmaker2.jpg



LOL .....you are holding that breadmaker open like you are showing us your new baby.....a proud daddy :)
#34
Do these use a lot of electricity as they need to be on for a long time don't they? Also, don't want to be persuaded back to white bread so does the wholemeal turn out just as nice?

Edited By: Caz42 on Mar 21, 2011 19:07
1 Like #35
Caz42
Do these use a lot of electricity as they need to be on for a long time don't they?
They actually use very little electricity. They are on the whole time but because they have a very compact cooking area, it doesn't take much energy to heat them up. I would guestimate that for a whole 4 hour cycle you're looking at around 8p worth of electricity (if that).

Mine takes 1kw on full whack when cooking - its on for around 20-30% of the time once its reached temperature and the bake period is around 45 minutes. For the rest of the time it only turns itself on for a few seconds every minute to keep the pan at the right temperature.

The actual kneading process takes virtually no power at all.

If you use the Tesco bread flour then you can get a 900g (weight after cooking) loaf of bread for around £0.25 all in.

I've only ever seem my dad cook twice in my life - once when my mum was in hospital having a baby (that was around 30 years ago). I got a Panasonic SD-254 off Freegle (for nothing - its like Freecycle) and was going to use it for parts to keep mine going when it broke but it was too good to break up so gave it to my parents. They have made bread twice a week in it since - my mum doesn't get to go near it - its my dads toy now lol.
#36
Caz42
Do these use a lot of electricity as they need to be on for a long time don't they?

My 254 is rated at 550W but that's only going to be during the baking cycle which is typically around 50 minutes. Although the whole process takes a long time, a lot of is spent doing very little (resting or rising).
#37


this is why your bread does not turn out nice and fluffy. I had a Murphy Righards before the Panasonic and the difference in the final product - eg the bread - is very big
#38
rbz5416
Caz42
Do these use a lot of electricity as they need to be on for a long time don't they?

My 254 is rated at 550W but that's only going to be during the baking cycle which is typically around 50 minutes. Although the whole process takes a long time, a lot of is spent doing very little (resting or rising).


Sounds like many of the workies I've had in here !
#39
MmMd


this is why your bread does not turn out nice and fluffy. I had a Murphy Righards before the Panasonic and the difference in the final product - eg the bread - is very big



That brand must be discontinued now lol.
#40
Thats the probelm though Angie, I'm worried I will like it too much. Any idea how many calories in one whole loaf from it?[/quote]

depends what you put on it. Bread (or pasta) on its own (or with not much on!) does not fatten - it fills you up with no many calories - look at Italians, French - they eat it every day and are not fat nations

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