Perhaps thanks to THAT lion-shaped loaf from last year’s Great British Bake Off, bread is having a moment, so I’ve put together a list of the best breadmakers available right now.
BEST FOR: ARTISAN LOAVES
SD-2511KXC breadmaker £160, PanasonicGirl About Tech says: ‘Among its impressive range of 33 programmes are those for sourdough, rye, gluten-free, soda and spelt breads, and it can also serve up brioche, scones and jam for afternoon tea.
‘It does a fine job of distributing nuts, seeds and dried fruit evenly through your bakes, too.’
BEST FOR:DAILY BREAD
18036 compact breadmaker, Russell HobbsGirl About Tech says: ‘You can forget the nut dispenser and endless artisan options, but it bakes a loaf in 50 minutes, and has jam and cake modes.
‘Plus, turn on the 13-hour delay timer and you can wake up to fresh bread.’
BEST FOR: EASE OF USE
Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Custom Loaf bread maker, £199.95, John Lewis
Girl About Tech says: ‘This dial-operated machine is a joy to use, and its collapsible kneading paddle won’t leave you with holey bread.
‘It makes loaves up to 1.25kg, and the manual setting lets you input your own recipe.’
BEST FOR: EUROPEAN RECIPES
De’Longhi Pangourmet electric fan oven, £300, LakelandGirl About Tech says: ‘This countertop fan oven is also a full-on bread maker that mixes, rises and bakes, with continental treats like pumpkin loaf, panini, focaccia and pain de campagne on the menu.
BEST FOR: SPRINKLING SOME MAGIC
48324 Premium Plus breadmaker, £129.99, Morphy Richards
This breadmaker does a fine job of distributing nuts, seeds and dried fruit evenly through your loaves and cakes, and its angled display makes it easy to see what stage your bake is at, at a glance.
It also comes with a set of measuring tools, so you don’t need to get the scales out to make any of the 40-plus recipes in the book provided. Amy
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