Jump to content

Bread makers
does anyone actually use theirs??


  • Please log in to reply
30 replies to this topic

#1 kandj

Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:17 PM

I'm having these little daydreams of waking up to freshly baking bread...but I'm not sure if the novelty will wear off and it will become a pain to remember to do etc??
Does anyone have one and actually use it regularly and are they easy to use like they claim to be?

Thanks!!

#2 ubermum

Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:21 PM

I bake bread, but I have never used a bread maker.

#3 RedBob

Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

I've had mine for 12 years now and I love it. I find it's easy to remember to put on bread, you just have to be organised to realise when the loaf is running low and it's easy to put the ingredients in.

I will say though, only get one if you have the bench space to store it. We had a couple of years where we didn't use ours at all, because it was too much effort to haul it out of the cupboard whenever we wanted to make a loaf. Now I have it permanently on the bench top and we use it all the time.

#4 kandj

Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:30 PM

hmm, bench space while I have a lot I don't really like giving it over to appliances original.gif my kitchenaid is the only thing allowed to stay out because it is sooo heavy to bother getting it out each time....

maybe I could reorganise my pantry so I can set it up in there...I have my nespresso and toaster and kettle plugged in the pantry and just make sure I leave the door open when I use them...

I would love to be organised enough to just bake my bread in the oven, but I think we'd be eating fresh bread at 11 if I waited till I had time to do it original.gif

#5 MiSS_E

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

If you already have a Kitchenaide you could just whiz the dough up in that of a night and bake in the morning?

#6 Three Of Hearts

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:12 PM

I use mine maybe 3 times a year!

#7 raone

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

I could just never get bread to work so now I only use it to make pizza dough or coffee scrolls. biggrin.gif Reminds me I have been meaning to try it without the breadmaker.

#8 Ninja Lemur

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

I use mine most days.  The only issue I find with early morning bread is it needs to "rest" for a period of time before it is easy to cut.

I used to do it in the Kitchenaide but find it easier to plan and much easier in winter when I struggle to find warm "rising" locations

Edited by amoral lemur, 03 January 2013 - 03:23 PM.


#9 weepingangel

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:07 PM

*puts hand up*

I do! I bake bread, use it heaps for dough for rolls, baguettes, pizza bases, etc.

I also use it for Jam, fruit bread and am going to try brioche and croissants next.

I love mine original.gif


#10 HRH Countrymel

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

You have a kitchenaid.

You do not need a breadmaker.

We bake all our own bread here - used to do one loaf a week pre kitchenaid, now it is every second day plus pizza bases, foccacias et. al. because it is so easy and effortless with that gorgeous, beautiful machine.

Buy your self a decent tin from a commercial kitchen supply place and go for it!


#11 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

How on earth do you do the laminate for the croissants in a breadmaker?

#12 Romeo Void

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:56 PM

Mine gets it's biggest workout on Australia Day when the family gets together to make Pelmeni.  I tried making the dough by hand one year...never again!  I don't have a KA or other so the breadmaker it is.  It's used for bread about 6-8 times a year.

#13 librablonde

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

I have a Panasonic SD-2501 and use it very single day for making bread for our family. It's much cheaper than buying so many loaves of bread for a large family. I love my breadmaker and couldn't be without it. If you don't have many mouths to feed then I don't know how committed many people would be to using a breadmaker very frequently. But if you're feeding a large family, then it's such a money saver and the Panasonic makes brilliant loaves.

#14 (feral)epg

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

Don't have a breadmaker, use the thermomix.  I imagine the kitchenaid would be much the same.  I make bread once to twice weekly and find it's probably not as cheap as cheap supermarket bread but cheaper and nicer than bakery stuff.  You don't need to be particularly organised about doing it if at some point you have a few hours at home so you can keep half an eye on the dough as it rises.  If it's cold I just use the oven to rise the dough (heat the oven to minimum temp, then turn it off and whack the dough in with the door closed).
I find the bread is best the next day - it's quite soft straight out of the oven and difficult to cut.  But it doesn't always make it to the next day!


#15 smilinggirl

Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

Love it. Made sweet chilli/fresh coriander/pine nut bread today. Using our machine every couple of days. Making raisin bread this week too.

#16 weepingangel

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

QUOTE
How on earth do you do the laminate for the croissants in a breadmaker?


No idea what you're referring to, I just follow the instructions in the Panasonic guide that came with my machine.

Smiling girl- Where do you get your recipes from?

Edited by pukeko~ponga~tree, 07 January 2013 - 05:25 PM.


#17 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:44 PM

The laminate is when you layer the butter and turn the dough.  I was thinking you did the whole process in the machine but noooooooooo wink.gif

#18 Cath-In-SA

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

I have the cupboard space for ours and I use it more in the winter cos fresh crusty bread is soooo good with soup. I use *gasp* pre-mixes which, I am sure, are more expensive than getting the flour, yeast, etc separately. But it's so easy.

#19 weepingangel

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:53 PM

Lol, I wish it did Balzac! You do the dough part in the machine original.gif


#20 MissingInAction

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:58 PM

QUOTE (kandj @ 03/01/2013, 02:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm having these little daydreams of waking up to freshly baking bread...but I'm not sure if the novelty will wear off and it will become a pain to remember to do etc??
Does anyone have one and actually use it regularly and are they easy to use like they claim to be?

Thanks!!


LOL
Ohh....
We bought one last year at DH's request.  His best mate & his GF had just moved out together and purchased a breadmaker and kept raving about how lovely it was to wake up to freshly baking bread  rolleyes.gif and so DH had a case of keeping up with the joneses and next minute we own a bread maker.  We used it weekly for a month or two, yes it WAS lovely and then the novelty wore off.  We don't use it.  In fact, I was *just* saying to DH yesterday that we should sell it at our upcoming garage sale but he disagreed.  I said, "do you use it?" he's like fine i'll use it tomorrow.... *he hasn't used it*  hahaha....
EXACTLY THE SAME WITH THE SLOW COOKER.  We just plain don't use them.  


#21 kandj

Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:01 PM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 04/01/2013, 08:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You have a kitchenaid.

You do not need a breadmaker.

We bake all our own bread here - used to do one loaf a week pre kitchenaid, now it is every second day plus pizza bases, foccacias et. al. because it is so easy and effortless with that gorgeous, beautiful machine.

Buy your self a decent tin from a commercial kitchen supply place and go for it!


Countrymel, what recipe do you use for bread? I've started experimenting with doing different loaves and have had varying degrees of success. I already do foccacia's and flatbreads but a 'normal' loaf is new.
I have the been using some Hugh Fearnley-Whittingsal recipes for sourdough and a soda bread...I have started growing a sour dough culture, but there's a lot of extra's proving of the dough for that way which may well get annoying original.gif
The soda bread was too dense like damper for every day use.

Anyone with some really quick and easy ways of doing their every day loaf with a mixer?

TIA

#22 Mumma3

Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:06 PM

I make bread in my Breville professio├▒al wizz stand mixer (like a kitchen aid). I did buy a bread maker a few years ago from eBay, and then sold it a couple of years later, also on eBay.
There are lots of bread makers on eBay, which would suggest that people buy them and then end up with them sitting in the cupboard. Good place to look for one if you aren't sure though.


#23 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:21 PM

This is our everyday bread
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/10857/basic+white+bread



#24 Maniacal_laugh

Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

OP, Nigella Lawson does an overnight rise with her breads - mix in kitchenaid, chuck in the fridge. Then in the morning, punch dough, reshape and let it rise/ come to room temp, then bake. Not quite as quick as a bread maker, but pretty good.

#25 kandj

Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:33 PM

Thanks! Will give both of those a go original.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Brain damaged mum receives compensation

A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

The Katering Show's next big delivery

Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.

Pregnant obese women a 'relatively new problem', coroner hears

A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

8 different kinds of tantrums

I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.

Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

Let's celebrate 300,000 fans on Facebook

To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.