With the arrival of this year’s BBC Great British Bake Off, bakery has once again taken the country by storm in a tidal wave of pastry politics, brawling bakers and doughy disputes. Whilst some of the contestants may make it appear like baking the perfect loaf of bread is relatively straight forward, in the real world it can take considerable time and effort to become a bestselling baker.
Our ‘Gadget of the Month’ for September is a piece of technology that helps those of us who are short on time (and in some cases patience!) produce the most beautiful loaves of fresh bread.
Panasonic were the first company to bring a consumer bread maker to the market, and they’re generally rated as the best around by those in the know. Their top-end model, the SD-ZB2502BXC is a fully-featured breadmaker that has 11 settings, including special modes for gluten-free and dough-only modes for making pizza bases and other treats.
It can also make three different sizes of loaf and is complete with a 13-hour delay timer, enabling you to mix ingredients the night before and wake up to the gorgeous smells of freshly-cooked bread. There’s also a raisin and nut dispenser and a yeast dispenser to allow you to automatically add ingredients so that the machine can be left to bake without the need for interruption.
The snappily-named SD-ZB2502BXC is available from a variety of high-street retailers for around £139.99, complete with measuring cups, breadpan, rye mode kneader and recipe book.
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