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Panasonic Breadmaker SD256WXC - £55.99 Delivered @ Electrical123.com
Panasonic Breadmaker SD256WXC - £55.99 Delivered @ Electrical123.com

Panasonic Breadmaker SD256WXC - £55.99 Delivered @ Electrical123.com

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Breadmaker

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.

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


Eletrical123.com seem to be connected with Co-op Electrical (same address) but electrical123 is slightly cheaper.....

2% Quidco/TCB

If you buy this - follow this link to get the claim form for the free book
panasonic.co.uk/htm…tml

Thanks to Ibiza for his post of the co-op deal which led me to see if anyone else were selling off this model.

49 Comments

Best price yet by £4! Plus free delivery!

Who voted that cold?!

And you can chose which date it gets delivered.

The gadget show gave it 4Gs and suggested it was the best breadmaker of those they tested.

that was the model above this one, which makes rye bread, but they probably perform the same

Best price ive ever seen this.

Don't be fooled like I nearly was - the Electrical123 description says:-

Bake programmes include rye, whole wheat, or even briocheAuto nut & … Bake programmes include rye, whole wheat, or even briocheAuto nut & raisin dispenserAuto adds your ingredients



This model doesn't have a rye program mode and does not have the automatic dispensers.
Edited by: "wombat6025" 6th Apr 2011

wombat6025

Don't be fooled like I nearly was - the Electrical123 description … Don't be fooled like I nearly was - the Electrical123 description says:-This model can only cook rye bread with a special paddle and does not have the automatic dispensers.



You are right. The 256 is the replacement for the 254 (no nut dispenser). The 257 is the replacement for the 255 (with nut dispenser). The numbering is very confusing me thinks...you'd expect the 256 to be the replacement for the 255!

can you buy the paddle for rye on this model, I bought this with currys a couple weeks ago,

Just bought some yeast ,which was 70p for 8 sachetes. so might get started tomorrow

I bought some spare paddles around 2 years ago from partmaster, part of Currys/Dixons I believe.

My SD-254 bought from Amazon a couple of years ago for £39.99 is still going strong.

You bought spare paddles, or you bought the paddles for making rye ?

How much are they? I cant seem to find them

canada16

You bought spare paddles, or you bought the paddles for making rye ? How … You bought spare paddles, or you bought the paddles for making rye ? How much are they? I cant seem to find them



Just the standard spare paddles.

canada16

can you buy the paddle for rye on this model, I bought this with currys a … can you buy the paddle for rye on this model, I bought this with currys a couple weeks ago,Just bought some yeast ,which was 70p for 8 sachetes. so might get started tomorrow



Sorry for confusing you - it seems there is no 100% rye program mode on this model - so even if you bought the paddle it wouldn't be any use; despite that if it's as good as the old 254 model it will still bake lovely (non-rye) bread.


You can find the manual for this (and the 257 model) here - (that clearly says "rye" program mode is 257 only).

Edited by: "wombat6025" 6th Apr 2011

You can use the little tins of yeast rather than the sachets if you are making the bread immediately and not using the timer for it to be made in the following morning.

It takes a bit longer prior to using the machine, but gives you more control over the bread.

Fill a bowl with 50% boiled water, then 50% cold tap water to get the right temperature. Then add sugar, I tend to add about 4 teaspoonfuls, its pretty much up to you - as if you add too little, you will see the yeast is not reacting in the bowl, so can add more.

I normally add a vitamin C tablet at this point, as I don't add salt and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a bread enhancer. Then add the yeast. Adding bit more than it recommends tends to make a nicer flavour and make the bread rise a little more.

Stir it and leave it, come back in 15 mins and the surface should be frothy if the yeast has reacted with the sugar. No or little froth, and you need more sugar.

Now use this as the water in the bread machine, but miss out the sugar you would normally include at this stage.

What the sugar does in the machine is darkens the crust and slightly thickens it too - so use this to get the bread so you are happy with it exactly as you want.

Original Poster

As electrical123 (and Co-op) seem to have got the information for this model completely wrong I have removed the electrical123 information from the OP and replaced it with information directly from the Panasonic site
panasonic.co.uk/htm…rue

If you buy this - follow this link to get the claim form for the free book
panasonic.co.uk/htm…tml

If anyone is wondering what the electricity cost is for each loaf is - its only about 5p. Some good info on the Which website which.co.uk/hom…qs/
Edited by: "gari189" 6th Apr 2011

Would anyone care to take a photo of a loaf this produces?

I am interested in the size of the loaf that is made.

Thanks!

Hi

Can this do wheaten bread? Can you make baps and rolls too? What about pizza bases? I've no idea how these things work!

tooner

HiCan this do wheaten bread? Can you make baps and rolls too? What … HiCan this do wheaten bread? Can you make baps and rolls too? What about pizza bases? I've no idea how these things work!



Not sure about the first one but yes to the rest. You make the dough though and put it in the oven then.

How much does it cost to make a loaf...Ingredients and electricity?

steve9999

How much does it cost to make a loaf...Ingredients and electricity?



I paid 70p for 8 sachets of yeast, each one makes a loaf, then a 50p bag of flour which I was told this makes 3 loafs, plus a little sugar and water or milk or whatever it uses, as not tried mine yet.

about 30-40p with elec maybe

This company has great reviews and would recommend myself because have just ordered a fridge freezer from them and they can send an email or text the day before to give you an estimate between 1 hour 30 min when the item is going to be delivered. So you don’t have to sit and wait for a long period.

We have had Panasonic breadmakers for the last 12 years going back to the SD252. We have to make our own bread because our son is a severe nut allergic and has had more reactions to supermarket bread than anything else.

We buy our flour in 25kg sacks from a flour mill and we make a "Cotswold Crunch" 33% wholemeal loaf on the large loaf setting and we worked it out a few years ago as about 50 pence per loaf. Fortunately the flour mill is close to my parents so they collect the flour for us. However you will find that they, and many others, do mail order.

This breadmaker has won top award from Which tests EVERY time they have been tested. Friends have different breadmakers and never had a loaf as good as ours, even though they have tried our recipies.

We also use it to make pizza dough, bread rolls, doughnuts but there are hundreds of other things you can do with them.

To make up your loaf you put your ingredients in the pan, press the buttons and walk away. 5 hours later a baked loaf is ready to tip out the pan.

We have only ever had one problem when the coating on the pan started peeling. Panasonic replaced it next day.

There is one additional positive for us, because the bread is so fresh and moist we never use butter/spread on the bread and therefore the extra bread you eat is offset by the less butter you use!

One thing we do recommend is to buy a slicer. Otherwise doorsteps are the order of the day because the bread is so soft.

Would never go back to shop bought bread. Our daughter, as a precocious 5 year old many years ago, was round a friends house for tea and when given a marmite sandwich only took one bite and then left it. When her friends mum asked if she did not like marmite she pops out "No, I like marmite but we have real bread at home"! The shame of it!

Found the website for the Cotswold Crunch:

FWP Matthews

and no, I don't work for them - lol

And i just know how it smells..... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

That reminds me - got to put a loaf on!

just ordered one for my wife thanks OP !

I baked my first loaf 30 min ago it is amazing!

Here's a 2 Hour "Quick" loaf I just turned out... Second image has a CD for scale.

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https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_Ln16kbnFORQ/TZzS4g9iNaI/AAAAAAAAABk/FSk9Ay8RDvs/s720/IMG_20110406_195706.jpg

Hi, Can anyone tell me the dimensions of the package (the box with the product)? because I need to send it to work and then carry it through 3 tube lines. What's the weight?

Thanks

Or buy two loafs of kingsmill for 1.50 Iceland

Really tempted to buy this - have nearly done so twice in the last week and it keeps getting reduced!

Just scared that I'll use it once or twice then never use it again. Having never made my own bread before... Is it much nicer? And is it easy?

Really like the idea of it but just want to know I'll use it before spending £50+

hasoo1

Or buy two loafs of kingsmill for 1.50 Iceland



Or make 2 at home, yourself, confident that you have fresh, healthy ingredients. For less than £1.

txugo

Hi, Can anyone tell me the dimensions of the package (the box with the … Hi, Can anyone tell me the dimensions of the package (the box with the product)? because I need to send it to work and then carry it through 3 tube lines. What's the weight? Thanks


Approx 12"x12"x18" - reasonably light.

gazandlaurenne

Just scared that I'll use it once or twice then never use it again. … Just scared that I'll use it once or twice then never use it again. Having never made my own bread before... Is it much nicer? And is it easy?Really like the idea of it but just want to know I'll use it before spending £50+



Easy yes. You do need to commit to it. I got the 257 model last October and have used it every day since. It sure beats supermarket bread - and its really cool when you run out of bread since you can throw everything together in less than 5 minutes, and have a "quick" loaf in 2 hours - saves (me at least) a 3 mile round trip drive to the shop.

A few answers

Th box weighs about 8kg. I know this because I just sold my old SD253 on fleabay (for a remarkable SH price) and this is just fractionally lighter.

Cost of loaf using 400g of flour example :
Flour 27p (using 3kg bag of Allinson white flour)
Yeast 3p (using approx 1/4 of a 7g sachet)
Electricity 4p
Cost of other ingredients is negligible

Time required to prepare = 3 minutes
Cleaning time = 3 minutes
A loaf from 400g flour is half way in size between a shop bought large and small loaf


Best reasons for having a Panasonic bread maker:
Fresh bread at a time you want it.
Variety of bread if you want to experiment
Great smell while it is cooking
2 hour option when you suddenly find you're out of bread
Have you ever felt how hard a supermarket sliced loaf is nowadays?
Unbelievable second hand value.

Thanks op. Ordered yesterday @ midday, arrives today @1015. Time to get baking!
Big thumbs up to Electrical123 also!

Do you need this dispenser, available on the 255/257 to get bread with "bits" in it or is it simply to put the "bits" on the top of the bread during cooking ?

I can live without it on the top but would like some seeds or something (when I learn what it is I like) in the main body of the bread.

3.1415926

Do you need this dispenser, available on the 255/257 to get bread with … Do you need this dispenser, available on the 255/257 to get bread with "bits" in it or is it simply to put the "bits" on the top of the bread during cooking ?I can live without it on the top but would like some seeds or something (when I learn what it is I like) in the main body of the bread.


The dispenser in the 257 adds a significant extra cost (approx £40), with the main advantage that you can add nuts etc automatically when you are not there. With the 256 you need to be present at the time for the nuts to be added, as the machine will bleep at you at the correct time.

For me the extra cost is not worth it, as I simply buy a ready mix if I want a loaf with nuts (when on a shop promotion of course).

spock1958

The dispenser in the 257 adds a significant extra cost (approx £40), with … The dispenser in the 257 adds a significant extra cost (approx £40), with the main advantage that you can add nuts etc automatically when you are not there. With the 256 you need to be present at the time for the nuts to be added, as the machine will bleep at you at the correct time.For me the extra cost is not worth it, as I simply buy a ready mix if I want a loaf with nuts (when on a shop promotion of course).



My point exactly. Why can't you chuck it all in at the beginning ?

Why do you need to throw it in half way through ?
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