Morphy Richards kindly sent me their Morphy Richards Premium Plus Breadmaker to review. I have to admit I've had it for a few months now.
When I make bread, I make it by hand, so I wasn't sure if I would like using a breadmaker. There is something very therapeutic about kneading dough.
First of all here is the blurb:
- 19 programmes - From Basic Whites to Cakes, Jam and Dough
- 3 Loaf sizes - Bakes 1lb, 1.5lb, 2lb loaves
- 5 crust settings - Very light, Light, Medium, Dark, Very dark
- Viewing window - To monitor baking process
- 12 hour delay timer - For over night baking
- LCD display - Easy view, front angled digital display
- Recipes included - Over 40 recipes included in instruction book
- Cool touch - For safe handling
- Measuring tools - So there is no need for weighing
- Fruit and nut dispenser - To ensure the ingredients are added at the optimum time
What I think:
- I like the design of the breadmaker, it has curves!
- The display panel is easy to read.
- There are only 4 buttons to flip between settings, although these took me a few attempts to master.
- There is a display window on top so you can watch your bread baking.
- The recipe book and instruction book are both easy to follow.
- The blade can be removed from your baked loaf easily and doesn't leave too much of a hole.
- It's big, but then breadmakers are.
- I would like a longer cable, so I can have a choice of where to use it in my kitchen.
I did have a couple of disasters before I got to this loaf.
My Second Attempt - I used the recipe book that comes with the breadmaker, I was much more hopeful. I popped all my ingredients in, set the timer and got on with my day while the machine did it's magic. When the programme was finished, I came back to have a look at my loaf and was really disappointed to see that all I had was a baking pan full of hot flour. I nearly gave up at this point until I realised it was my own stupidity. I had forgotten to put the blade back in. Doh!
My Third Attempt - was more successful. I made the basic wholemeal loaf from the recipe book. I left out the milk powder, so Graham (Mr Vegan) could enjoy it too. It resulted in a really good loaf. Graham was impressed with the crispy crust and the soft crumb. Yay! I got there in the end.
So, to sum up, I still make bread by hand, when I have time and I use this breadmaker when I don't have much time, but still want a fresh loaf. I will be sticking to the recipe book that came with it for the time being, until I become a bit more confident.
Morphy Richards Premium Plus Breadmaker RRP £129.99
Disclosure: Morphy Richards sent me this breadmaker to review. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.