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Silvercrest bread maker £34.99 instore @ Lidl

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Silvercrest bread maker from Lidl at £34.99. It has good review, makes normal and gluten-free bread, as well as jam and pasta. There is also a video demo on the Lidl website. I understand that breadmaking may not be everyone's cup of tea but it seems a good buy.

Mixes, kneads, raises and bakes
850 watt
12 preset programs, including gluten-free
15-hour timer, 60-minute keep-warm function and status light
Bakes loaves up to (kg): 1.25
Select crust browning level and bread weight
Also suitable for making pasta dough, cakes or jam
Non-slip feet for extra stability
Cable length (m): 1.5
3 year manufacturer’s warranty

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    bonzobanana
    Is 850W the consumption of the heating element or the power of the motor that kneads the dough?

    Does look like a bargain for the specification and a nice looking unit.
    shopaholic8
    Picked one up in Coatbridge today, can't wait to try it out, so fed up with supermarket bread.
    dazzyb93
    Just got the last one in Warrington.
    Swordgator
    easy enough to make by hand, why spend £35 on a machine to do it?
    pibpob
    @bonzobanana (not sure why reply isn't working for me at the moment): 850W is the power of the element. The motor will probably be less than 50W. Not sure why the power is so high as the Panasonic ones are only 500W. Perhaps it's because the bread pan is larger and shallower? (The element surrounds it.)

    Note that the higher power element doesn't mean it will consume more electricity - as has been pointed out earlier, it is switched on an off during baking, and a higher power element will spend more time off than on.

    As to why they are cheap, well I guess they aren't made as well. I read a comment in the Panasonic thread that the seals had failed on a cheap bread-maker. Doesn't mean they are bad value though, as the Panasonic costs £60 (or £54 if you can still get it on Curry's Price Match).

    I agree that the twin paddle can make a loaf of a different shape, but a decent single-paddle machine is definitely capable of mixing the dough perfectly, and there is only one paddle to remove if it gets stuck in the loaf.

    Edited By: pibpob on Sep 01, 2012 18:52
    pibpob
    @swordgator: it may be "easy" to make by hand but it takes far, far longer than the 5 minutes of labour a machine requires. Moreover, you can't make bread manually that will be ready for you when you get up in the morning, which is one of the wonderful things a breadmaker can do.
    WoolyM
    Can you make as much or as little bread as you like or do you need exact measurements. ie could you make an in between size loaf?

    Can you make rolls?
    pibpob
    As the opening post says, you can select bread weight. It will have a dough programme to allow you to remove the risen dough and make it into roll shapes to bake in the oven. That will use much more electricity though.
    BeerGoggles
    Boogie123
    Does anyone know how much power does it need to bake one bread?


    I can only comment on what I know about the Panasonic but this may be similar. It costs about 8p to knead and bake it. The ingredients (400g strong flower, yeast, salt and sugar if desired) cost about 30-40p assuing you don't use branded flour.


    Edited By: BeerGoggles on Sep 02, 2012 02:06: spelling mistake
    Dinth
    Bought it yesterday (still 5 left at East Ham and i think they are topping them up) and tested for whole day and night - baking bread, plum jam, etc
    dra_uk
    Just bought one and have my first loaf is in baking now - many thanks to the OP for sharing! :D
    Dinth
    Quick review: loafs are very nice but not perfect - for example, results of baking on "french" programme are perfect only in upper half of loaf, bottom half look little bit worse (like regular programme). Maybe bread maker doesnt give same temperature everywhere.
    Jam maker programme is definetly too short - ive made perfect jam but after running four programmes. Thats because heating without mixing takes most of the time on this programme, and in my opinion it should be mixing all the time.
    Cover hinge is very very loose and doesnt look solid at all.
    Energy use really isnt high. Heating element is 850W but even when it is running, its on maybe 10% of time.
    There are few other glitches.
    Im sure this bread maker is worth 35 quids anyway and im satisfied with it.
    zpider242
    Dinth
    Quick review: loafs are very nice but not perfect - for example, results of baking on "french" programme are perfect only in upper half of loaf, bottom half look little bit worse (like regular programme). Maybe bread maker doesnt give same temperature everywhere.
    Jam maker programme is definetly too short - ive made perfect jam but after running four programmes. Thats because heating without mixing takes most of the time on this programme, and in my opinion it should be mixing all the time.
    Cover hinge is very very loose and doesnt look solid at all.
    Energy use really isnt high. Heating element is 850W but even when it is running, its on maybe 10% of time.
    There are few other glitches.
    Im sure this bread maker is worth 35 quids anyway and im satisfied with it.


    I made a white loaf on the French programme and a German style Rye bread. I found the texture was very even throughout on both.
    I agree about the hinge though, that'll need watching.
    uccalms
    My loaf using the delayed function was good. I could smell the bread when I get up in the morning. It was very nice indeed and the bread tastes as good as the ones made from the Morphy Richards Fastbake 48300 that I borrowed, so very happy indeed.
    bonzobanana
    I saw on an american site it was claimed they pay 15c per kWh and using a power consumption monitor it had taken about 2c of power to cook a loaf with a breadmaker. So power consumption might be a lot less than people realise with the uk price per unit being similar in pence so may be as low as 2p. With a 1.5kg bag of bread flour at 60p in tesco that nearly provides enough flour for 4 loafs. It may be possible to create a loaf for 25p or less depending on what other ingredients and quantities you add.
    Dinth
    Well, any one knows where to buy cheap flour and sugar (up to 20kg) ? :) :)
    cllrclarke
    Still had about 5 left in Cromwell road store in Grimsby late this morning
    spraint
    Dinth
    Well, any one knows where to buy cheap flour and sugar (up to 20kg) ? :) :)


    Costco, I would suppose, particularly if you like Canadian flour.
    uccalms
    WoolyM
    Can you make as much or as little bread as you like or do you need exact measurements. ie could you make an in between size loaf?

    Can you make rolls?


    You can choose from 750g, 1000g or 1250g loaf but not in between. You can always freeze half a loaf if you think it is too big. Programmme 6: Dough (kneading) - For the preparation of yeast dough for buns, pizza or plaits. In this Programme no baking is done. - so yes, you can make rolls but it won't bake them for you. :)

    I think the reason that the hinge feels loose is that the cover is detachable for cleaning purposes. It feels the same with the Morphy Richards Fastbake 48300 (sorry, that's the only one I have ever tried to bake with, so I only have that as a reference.
    zpider242
    Dinth
    Well, any one knows where to buy cheap flour and sugar (up to 20kg) ? :) :)


    I'm considering giving this a go:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bacheldre-Watermill-Stoneground-Strong-Bakers/dp/B005FPX2H8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1346616706&sr=8-3

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