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Panasonic SD254 Breadmaker £69.95 delivered @ Amazon

(plus £2 MP3 downloads free)

These are fab breadmakers - With the superior build quality and simplicity of design and operation, this bread maker is an ideal addition to your home. It gives you the convenience of having fresh bread at anytime from fresh basic ingredients and can cater for particular dietary requirements e.g. gluten free, low salt, high fibre. The SD254 has a raisin nut beeper to allow you to add additional ingredients to your recipe.

Box Contents
1 x Breadmaker

1 x Recipe book
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#1
Arggg! Was holding out for the 255 and now they drop the price on the 254. Anyone got both? Is there a huge improvement with the new model?
#2
-BA-;8733236
Arggg! Was holding out for the 255 and now they drop the price on the 254. Anyone got both? Is there a huge improvement with the new model?


i paid the extra and got a 255 - its brill - but after i had got it a friend said the only difference is the dispencer you can add ingredients with (which i have never used) and all she does is add them to the mixture anyway (eg. nuts) so its no different !:thumbsup:
#3
the 255 has a raisin dispenser, handy as it adds the inderedients automatically (on the 254 you hear a beep, then you add it manually). Also, the 255 can make rye bread (254 cannot)
I have the 254, really love it. makes excellent bread, far superior than any other bread machine I've tried.
Go fo it, you won't regret it.
#4
BEANZ-ON-TOAST
the 255 has a raisin dispenser, handy as it adds the inderedients automatically (on the 254 you hear a beep, then you add it manually). Also, the 255 can make rye bread (254 cannot)
I have the 254, really love it. makes excellent bread, far superior than any other bread machine I've tried.
Go fo it, you won't regret it.


I have the 255 - never made rye bread or used the dispenser, so unless you need these I'd save the money and go for the 254. Fantastic bread maker btw, use it all the time!
#5
ladily
I have the 255 - never made rye bread or used the dispenser, so unless you need these I'd save the money and go for the 254. Fantastic bread maker btw, use it all the time!

Ditto. I never use the rye bread option, rarely make raisin bread so I have the 254. But thought I'd explain the difference for Lucerysmum.
#6
BEANZ-ON-TOAST
Ditto. I never use the rye bread option, rarely make raisin bread so I have the 254. But thought I'd explain the difference for Lucerysmum.


thanks Hun - i'll remember for next time ! I should have goen for the 254 as i've never made anything other than standard or wholemeal bread - it is fab tho'!
#7
BEANZ-ON-TOAST
Ditto. I never use the rye bread option, rarely make raisin bread so I have the 254. But thought I'd explain the difference for Lucerysmum.


+1, got the 255 2 weeks ago, paid £87, brilliant!!
#8
Can you make seeded breads, wholegrain and multigrain? Not particularly bothered by rye breads. Any particular sites you guys use to get recipes from or just the book that comes with it?
#9
-BA-;8733236
Arggg! Was holding out for the 255 and now they drop the price on the 254. Anyone got both? Is there a huge improvement with the new model?


I was in the same position as you and finally took the plunge and ordered the 255 last week... I was also hesitating if I should pay almost 25 quid more for the 'nut drawer', but the main reason I did after all was the option of rye bread - intersting if you have (potentially) a gluten allergy.

Btw., now the successors are out (256 to replace 254 and 257 to replace 255), so maybe the prices will drop for the older units soon. I wanted to wait but my wife didn't :roll:
#10
-BA-;8733930
Can you make seeded breads, wholegrain and multigrain? Not particularly bothered by rye breads. Any particular sites you guys use to get recipes from or just the book that comes with it?


Yes you can. Multigrain/granary recipes in the book that comes with it.
#11
excellent breadmaker (the best!) and no need for the dispenser and the price is good.

the recipies in the book that comes with it are all you need.

I had other two bread makers before and they weren't half as good as this one.

I use it every other day to make bread - it's ready in the morning - the smell alone just sets the day for me!

And it is just gorgeous when I have people in, I make focaccias (the dough in the machine, then put it flat on a tray and add olive oil, herbs and parmezan) - a good wine and that's nearly all you need, it's soo good!

I could not live without this bread maker, seriously!
#12
how long does it take to make a bread?
#13
Thanks, ordered this for my mum for her birthday
#14
MarvinHC
I was in the same position as you and finally took the plunge and ordered the 255 last week... I was also hesitating if I should pay almost 25 quid more for the 'nut drawer', but the main reason I did after all was the option of rye bread - intersting if you have (potentially) a gluten allergy.


Rye does have gluten in it - so won't be suitable for people with coeliac etc. Good rye bread is tasty, though :D
#15
was £64.95 a few weeks ago. that said its still a good price for a very good breadmaker, had the sd252 for about 3years been very good
#16
Say around 5hrs:30 from start to finish for most loafs. but 10mins of your time to put it together.
#17
how big is this machine please?
#18
rodman;8734287
how long does it take to make a bread?


4 Hrs for a standard loaf, although 25 mins of that is at the start and is termed 'resting' by the machine - I still haven't worked out what this time is for but other bread makers I've had don't do this, but then again they were rubbish at making bread! I think it must be for all the ingredients to reach the same temperature.
Buy a panny. You won't regret it.:thumbsup:
#19
Bought one from Amazon for £39.99 in December 2007 - still going strong and it does produce excellent bread!
#20
I got one of these a while ago and agree it's much better than the old (non panny) machine we had.

We don't regret buying it BUT, whilst you're all still around, I'm still trying to tweak the recipes that come with it to get the loaves to rise properly. We only usually make ordinary white and brown and find the 'white sandwich' the most successful.

I'm sure the problem lies with the source of flour (we use bread flour) and the type of yeast (we use 'quick acting' in foil packs).

Any tips and pointers would be appreciated. Thanks.

:thumbsup:
#21
williamh1;8734586
Bought one from Amazon for £39.99 in December 2007 - still going strong and it does produce excellent bread!

Ditto.
Actually, I bought two when they were £39.99 so I can use one for spares.
#22
Has anyone done the sums on what it costs to produce a loaf in something like this versus the cost of a good quality sliced loaf from the shops? And I do mean good quality (something like the Hovis Granary that retails at about £1.40) not the dirt cheap white sliced rubbish that is basically just bleached pockets of air with a spray-on crust. Seems to me that 4 or 5 hours of cooking time must make this pretty expensive option but I do like the idea of knowing exactly what goes in to my bread.
#23
The best bread maker I have found. I own the 255, but the nut/fruit dispenser really isn't very important. On a previous machine I just added the fruit at the beginning and it worked perfectly.
This machine make a great loaf and the fast cycle produces a respectable (if slightly heavier) loaf in under 2 hours.
#24
Best breadmakers out there - fact! Forget the others even though they are a bit cheaper, they just don't give the same results.
#25
I nearly gave up on my first machine until I bought a proper bread recipe book. The recipes were a huge improvement. I would recommend The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook by Jennie Shapter.
Lidl strong white flour is good (and cheap). I use Sainsbury's for Wholemeal and yeast, but can't say I've ever had an ingredient problem with other types.
#26
I had a moulinex one I bought when living in france (well, I bought it the missus for mother's day, can't think why that relationship never lasted...).

It was great, but for the fact that it always left at least one paddle in the loaf! A right pain.

How about this one?
#27
GrumpyBob
Has anyone done the sums on what it costs to produce a loaf in something like this versus the cost of a good quality sliced loaf from the shops? And I do mean good quality (something like the Hovis Granary that retails at about £1.40) not the dirt cheap white sliced rubbish that is basically just bleached pockets of air with a spray-on crust. Seems to me that 4 or 5 hours of cooking time must make this pretty expensive option but I do like the idea of knowing exactly what goes in to my bread.


Most of that time will be kneading dough, letting it rise etc. If you bake bread in the oven, you'd have it on for under an hour - I can't see this working out less efficient.

OTOH, baking bread by hand really isn't hard - and takes maybe 5 mins of weighing and 5 mins of kneading. The oven might cost a bit more to run than the breadmaker, but you've not laid out on the machine and you can cook other food at the same time. You do need to leave time for the dough to rise, get it in and out of oven, etc. though.
#28
"This was supposed to be a reply to johnmac."

Thank you Majumba, much appreciated.

Does everyone use 'quick action' dried yeast? Does the real stuff work better?
#29
Got this recently, I prefer the 2 hour loaf of bread compared to the normal 4 hours.
#30
-BA-;8733930
Can you make seeded breads, wholegrain and multigrain? Not particularly bothered by rye breads. Any particular sites you guys use to get recipes from or just the book that comes with it?

Yes.
I've used Allinson Seed & Grain White Bread Flour on a basic white cycle.
It's lovely!
Also try French.

num num
#31
johnmac
"This was supposed to be a reply to johnmac."

Thank you Majumba, much appreciated.

Does everyone use 'quick action' dried yeast? Does the real stuff work better?


I use the packs of Doves yeast form Tesco.
Only about 99p.
Much better value than packets.
Tip. Empty it into a small plastic container and keep in fridge.
Lasts ages.
Good baking :-)
#32
zorbathegeek
I had a moulinex one I bought when living in france (well, I bought it the missus for mother's day, can't think why that relationship never lasted...).

It was great, but for the fact that it always left at least one paddle in the loaf! A right pain.

How about this one?


A petit pain?:whistling:
#33
I also use the Doves farm yeast from tesco...good value and does a great job.

I often vary what i put in the bread...seeds/ cinnamon powder or fine herbs. Make variety.

Buy the SD254, u wont regret it.
#34
johnmac
"

Does everyone use 'quick action' dried yeast? Does the real stuff work better?


You have to use quick action yeast, the "ordinary" breadmaking yeast won't work properly.

The packets of Doves Farm yeast are great and easier to use than fiddling with sachets.
#35
for the benefit of anyone who is really gluten intolerant the recipe in the book that comes with it uses Doves flour but is milk free (does include eggs). It takes only 2 hours. It works better than another breadmaker we tried first, although I suspect a little experimentation is required to get a really good loaf.

The paddle does normally stay in gluten-free bread but I haven't tried wheat bread in it to know how it would work with that.

This is a good breadmaker and worth paying for
#36
Paid £40 for mine in 2007 - Still going strong.

£70? I would wait, personally.
#37
Might get this just for the MP3 Downloads ;)
Anyone got ideas for good bread making tunes?
#38
Overpriced IMO
#39
I bought the 255, used the seed dispenser initially but now, I just chuck the whole lot in at the beginning of the cycle. It makes no difference! I LOVE my Panny.:thumbsup:
#40

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