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Excellent bread machine!
February 4, 2017
Purchased this wonderful bread maker about 6 wk ago and just love it. I bake about 2-3 times aweek and no failures so far however be warned thr 4-5 cup flour recipes are huge, definately family size, even with whole wheat flour. I never use the vital gluten as our Canadian wheat is great and gives good rise always. The only door stop loaf so far was the recipe in the book containing cinnamon which kills yeast apparently. I mixed it in the flour with all the other dry ingredients, guess that was not a good idea! I always add yeast last on top of dry ingredients and warm water and butter first.
The top of every loaf is always nicely browned on every setting however the sides and botton are a little too brown even on light setting basic recipe for white bread, perhaps due to too much sugar or whole milk powder? The whole wheat setting for crust is auto preset and bottom and sides crust are very dark but still wonderful high loaf bread and this too was a high sugar bread.
The winner in the preset loaf where crust cannot be adjusted is the french bread crusty loaf.......a beautiful light airy bread, taste excellent and perfect golden crust all around but it had no sugar or milk powder, just oil and salt any maybe that is why, so still have more fun experiments to try it seems.
The pan is surpprisingly light, with very slick coating. Single paddle and pan shape and kneading very thorough, I am impressed and loaf shape is quite high semi rectangular deep enough so no stick to lid issues.
Anyway the machine works great, the paddle only lays partly prone due to dough caught under the paddle , makes a dent in bottom of loaf but that is still better than the machines that tear a huge hole when paddle is left in to bake. However there is a beep after last knead so you can remove paddle if desired.
The add in dispenser works fine and goodies get mixed in properly.
The dough is extremely well mixed and finished loaf shap is smooth unless the dough is too dry then thhe top may be lumpy.
I am really delighted to have a completely hands free bread making machine and enjoy it very much. I did a lot of research before buying and am pleased with my choice of Breville.
I have 2 other Breville products and found them very good, heavy duty also just like this bread machine.