Cookworks Breadmaker - Argos - was £28.97 now £14.48 - Bargain!! res + collect
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Cookworks Breadmaker - Argos - was £28.97 now £14.48 - Bargain!! res + collect

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Found 18th Dec 2009
Cookworks Breadmaker

* White.

* Bakes 1, 1.5, 2LB loaves.

* 12 programmes.

* 3 crust settings.

* 90 -120 minutes baking time.

* Viewing window.

* Cool touch.

* Add ingredients signal.

* Jams and cakes.

* Non slip feet.

65 Comments

bargain, especially with £1 quidco reserve and collect!

Not the greatest of brands but that is a seriously good price for a breadmaker.

not going to be the best breadmaker in the world, but an ideal introduction to bread machines. ive found that people either love them or hate them so this could save you wasting money if you dont get on with it.. and a bonus of baking a 2lb loaf, soemthing my first machine didnt do which is a real pain if you buy bread kits as their made for 2lb loafs so you have to weigh and measure stuff first

The reviews on Argos vary between "makes lovely fluffy bread" and "total rubbish". Some of the negatives were clearly on faulty machines - I guess at this price it's worth buying even if it doesn't last too long just to see whether home bread-making is for you. :thumbsup:

Ordered one. Thanks for that its worth a punt at that price..Heat and Rep added

I've had one of these for a good long while, (mine was a bout 25 quid!) and it is fine, although rare for me to use it now as I am permanently stuck on a very Low carbohydrate diet now to control Insulin Resistance, but I suppose it will get a run out over the Christmas period when people are coming round, and fresh bread isn't so easy to get hold of!

Use as strong a flour (high protein content) as you can find. (Lidl does a good range of speacialist mixes too, and the bread flour is cheap, although not quite as high protein as you can find if you pay a good bit more) Keep the liquid quantity in the mix as low as you can possibly get away with, that may mean a fair bit less than some recipes and instructions say (it gets easier after a bit of trial and error) and the results tend to be far better.

Remember too that this sort of bread does not keep like mass produced bread, so use it very soon, or it will be mega-stale in no time, then again NOT eating fresh bread is the hard part!

Original Poster

thanks for the tips nijcaj - bought one for dd

just love the smell of freshly baked bread in the house:thumbsup:

reserved one, cheers, have been thinking about a bread maker for a while,so cheap enough to try it!

Tips - ALWAYS sieve the flour first
- Can just use the breadmaker to mix the dough and then cook in oven - seems a nicer result
I have the Panasonic breadmaker and paid over 90 pounds at the time.
Also agree that LIDL flour is good value and works well.

Does anyone know...Does this breadmaker have 2 paddles?
( Tip....Always crush a vitamin C tablet into dry ingredients for a perfect result every time..)

Banned

nice! ordered for the mrs, will pick up later

great deal:thumbsup:

Great deal thanks op. tempted to get it but not sure if have room for it as been buying lots of bargains on here lately!

ordered, thanks

At this price, i'm sorely tempted. Once a loaf is baked and cooled, do they freeze well?

Hot @ this price !

Got the black cooksworks one from argos a couple of months back. Gotta say it's a doddle to use and results are very impressive.:thumbsup:

wombat6025;7263307

The reviews on Argos vary between "makes lovely fluffy bread" and "total … The reviews on Argos vary between "makes lovely fluffy bread" and "total rubbish". Some of the negatives were clearly on faulty machines - I guess at this price it's worth buying even if it doesn't last too long just to see whether home bread-making is for you. :thumbsup:



I'm not so sure.
People sometimes buy the wrong yeast or are bad at following the instructions.

thanks. needed a new one.

Good price! I don't have this brand but I love my breadmaker!
This will be ace for a present!

Maggy_A;7263791

Does anyone know...Does this breadmaker have 2 paddles?( Tip....Always … Does anyone know...Does this breadmaker have 2 paddles?( Tip....Always crush a vitamin C tablet into dry ingredients for a perfect result every time..)



"Reliable, easy to use and is cost effective but, for a single person. My previous unit lasted 3 years. Crucial that the basket is not immersed in hot soapy water to protect the paddle bearing. Use the basket as a water container wnen cleaning"

This was on eof the reviews. I mentions a paddle bearing , so assume its got one.

Ordered and heat and reps added!

ooh nice H&R

Bread-making here we come

If you like a bit of class and an even bigger billy bargain, take a punt on the stainless steel version ]here - reduced from £80 to £25.99 (extra quid off if you go via quidco too!

Thanks heat and rep added, another gift, ticked of the list..

fwog;7265843

"Reliable, easy to use and is cost effective but, for a single person. My … "Reliable, easy to use and is cost effective but, for a single person. My previous unit lasted 3 years. Crucial that the basket is not immersed in hot soapy water to protect the paddle bearing. Use the basket as a water container wnen cleaning"This was on eof the reviews. I mentions a paddle bearing , so assume its got one.



Yes, but I have never specifically avoided wetting the bearing on mine, and it has been fine, although it is the inside of the container that will sometimes need soaking, not the outside anyway.
Soaking the inside is probably is going to be necessary on occasions as I would avoid scouring the non-stick lining totally, as that isn't exactly heavy-duty

Maggy_A;7263791

Does anyone know...Does this breadmaker have 2 paddles?( Tip....Always … Does anyone know...Does this breadmaker have 2 paddles?( Tip....Always crush a vitamin C tablet into dry ingredients for a perfect result every time..)



No, just the one paddle.

If you use modern "fast action" dried yeast type, then I wouldn't add Vitamin C as the yeast mixture already has an "improver" of it's own in the compound (that's why it is quick!) and the same applies to most commercial bread mixes.
(Both different brands, Sainbury's and Allinson's I have in here at home have Ascorbic acid included - that IS Vitamin C!)
For hand bread making, with fresh yeast (Morrisons often have it!), or the more standard dried type which you leave to froth first, I agree, it would be very good idea in that situation though.

topazz;7264825

At this price, i'm sorely tempted. Once a loaf is baked and cooled, do … At this price, i'm sorely tempted. Once a loaf is baked and cooled, do they freeze well?



Oddly enough, I have never frozen one!
Since I no longer have a huge garage and big chest freezer at this house, I got out of the habit of freezing many things I used to freeze for the sake of space! Although to be honest the real charm of a bread maker is the smell and newness of thed fresh bread - you lose that once frozen, and to be honest the keeping qualities of commercial bread is better for freezing, even that become stale quickly once thawed.

I am not sure the cost/economy argument is the reason I have a bread maker, it (was.... Sob!) the freshness that was the big appeal, although it remains pretty cheap if you source cheap bread flour - don't be tempted to use ordinary soft wheat flour though, it is hopeless!

Overnight bread making is possible, (as a way of getting fresh bread more conveniently) but again I have never needed to use it in that mode.

Bread mixes -
From Sunday....
uk.aldi.com/uk/…htm

Not used Aldi ones, but a good price!
(Like I say, be mean with the water, as they nearly all turn out a bit too wet which makes the loaf sink!)

michaeln;7265207

Got the black cooksworks one from argos a couple of months back. Gotta … Got the black cooksworks one from argos a couple of months back. Gotta say it's a doddle to use and results are very impressive.:thumbsup:



If that's the black and stainless steel one it's the same as I have - very good so far - I bought it when it was on sale though - at the current £47.89 it might be worth stretching to a Panasonic or try this deal...

(I had thought I'd bought mine in tesco so had been talking up the Tesco model - very surprised when I found the Argos receipt the other day :oops:)

nihcaj;7267008

(Like I say, be mean with the water, as they nearly all turn out a bit … (Like I say, be mean with the water, as they nearly all turn out a bit too wet which makes the loaf sink!)



Thanks for that tip - probably explains why I've not had much luck with mixes (have no problems from scratch 'though).

We had lots of black berries this year. The unit was fantastic at making jam no stirring and standing by a hot sauce pan!

One tip us the recipe on the jam sugar packet not the one in breadmaker book! The one on the book does not have enough sugar, my jam went off!

I made it using the recipe on the side of the Silver Spoon Jam Sugar packet. The jam was perfect.

Really good little machine. I have the black and stainless version but these are all from the same factory.

Some tips

The single biggest problem people have making bread is not measuring properly. The ratio of flour to water is critical.

The second areas where people fall down is the yeast. There are 3 type of yeast they are not the same in use! Dried, Fast Acting and Live.

You can use any type in a bread maker but their preparation is different. If you are starting go for the small tubs of quick yeast from Dove. Store it after opening in the freezer otherwise the yeast will not last long once opened. A small tub will last a long time and cost about a pound!

1) If using dried yeast add 100ml of boiling water to a 1 pint jug. Stir in one tablespoon or teaspoon of sugar. THEN add 200 ml of cold water and mix. Finally at the yeast and keep it warm (cover with saucer and wrap sides and top with a towel for 20 to 30 mins)

2) If using live yeast (you can but a bar of it at any Polish food shop for around 30p) use double the weight of dried or quick yeast.

3) Use Lidl's bread flour it is very good. I tried all the expensive Waitrose stuff and stick with Lidl.

4) Don't use SR flour or plain!

5) Start with white flour it is easier than wholemeal.

6) With wholemeal you need more rising agents (I use 2 or 3 types of yeast) but the default bread-maker recipe is not bad!

7) Salt is key for bread-making it controls the growth of yeast. Do not leave it out when you first start.

Do not make big changes to recipes start with a simple one and make small variations.

Breadmakers also make dough. So you can make proper baguettes and loafs but the tins are important and not cheap

Libraries, the internet and youtube are full of bread making sites.

If you are strapped for cash try searching for "no knead bread recipes". This needs no equipment or baking tools and yield an excellent loaf better than any bread-maker and need no kneading. It also uses a lot less yeast and salt!

Ordered and picked-up. Thanks :santa:

thanks.good present for parents

Thanks, just got this, no idea how to make bread though, should be fun! H&R:thumbsup:

Reserved one for me and one for parents Christmas. Might as well get the cheapest one, since both will probably end up in the cupboard under the sink.

Have gone for one of these, been trying to raise the dough for it (i'll get me coat)!!!

frownbreaker;7268774

...Some tips...1) If using dried yeast add 100ml of boiling water to a 1 … ...Some tips...1) If using dried yeast add 100ml of boiling water to a 1 pint jug. Stir in one tablespoon or teaspoon of sugar. THEN add 200 ml of cold water and mix. Finally at the yeast and keep it warm (cover with saucer and wrap sides and top with a towel for 20 to 30 mins)...



Some great tips there; but the book that came with my Cookworks breadmaker (the black and stainless one) said to use room temperature water and add the dried fast acting yeast dry.
We've mainly been using the allinsons sachets - but have used stores own brands and had no problems.
If I set the breadmaker overnight to make a breakfast loaf I make especially sure to keep the yeast dry so it doesn't activate until the mixing starts.

I'm sure your technique works great also - I'll give it a try myself - but I get lovely light loaves following the book instructions...

Passionpantz;7272818

Have gone for one of these, been trying to raise the dough for it (i'll … Have gone for one of these, been trying to raise the dough for it (i'll get me coat)!!!



You should be ashamed of yourself (Your avatar is perfect - looks like it's been a naughty dog and has just been told to go behind the sofa).

made my first loaf yesterday using this machine very impressed and a doddle to do.
Used 'Wrights Premium White Bread Mix' from Morrisons (500g). threw in 320ml lukewarm water, added a handful of raisins and a bit a cinnamon. put it on the fast bake setting, medium colour and approx 50 minutes later got a great christmasy loaf

Thanks OP Been looking for a £15 prezzy for my Mums partner and this is perfect as he just got a new flat :santa:
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