Honestly, I love the traditional way of baking.
Just by simply mixing these 4 basic ingredients flour, salt, water and yeast, you can fill your kitchen with warm aroma of freshly baked homemade artisan bread from your home oven.
However, baking bread is also time consuming and needs enough space for kneading.
Not only that, right after baking, you have to clean the mess and wash all the kitchen tools and big, sticky baking dish.
Otherwise, the longer the mess waits, the harder it cleans.
And for us with busy and on-the-go schedule, we need innovation that is something far extraordinary.
When I learned about what this Panasonic bread maker can do, I decided it’s time to press the few buttons and let this Panasonic bread maker takes care of the rest.
And I am sharing all these innovations and extraordinariness with you.
Why am I recommending this PANASONIC Bread Maker to you?
- If you love to have a freshly baked bread in your table every morning,
- If bread is part of your daily dish like having a sandwich meal in your work, school or even a visit in a park and wants nothing but fresh everyday,
- If you love to bake bread yet too busy to do the traditional way of baking, but still loves to bake anyway,
- If every time you buy a bread or loaf in grocery, you check the before use tag to see if it still fresh, then wonder in the end why it is becoming so expensive;
- And if you really wanted to have your own gluten free or any flavored bread…
Then I recommend you this Panasonic bread maker that I bought online for it answers everything what you’re looking for.
5 FAQ’s that You Need to Know Before Buying this Panasonic Bread Maker: Model SD-YD250
1. How big is Panasonic bread maker?
It needs space for your kitchen counter top. It is 14” Height x 13.5” Width x 9” Depth in dimension and weighs 15.4 pounds
2. What are the sizes of loaf that this Panasonic bread maker can make?
Panasonic bread maker can bakes bread in three loaf sizes up to 2-1/2 pounds. There is a built-in Crust Color Selection option button too. The size and crust color will be affected by the room temperature and also the quality of flour you use and/or other ingredients.
3. Does it have a dough cycle?
Yes, the dough is made on the regular mode. You have settings for various types of breads that complete the total cycle.
4. Does this Panasonic bead maker can make GLUTEN-FREE bread?
There are no recipes in the book about using gluten free flour, however it can make gluten free bread.
5. What about the product warranty and after sales service?
Awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, this Panasonic bread maker 550-watt machine carries a one-year limited warranty.
What are the bread programs available with Panasonic bread maker?
Basic – for producing loaves of bread using strong wheat flout (bread flour)
Whole Wheat – For loaves using whole wheat flour as the main ingredient.
Multigrain – For breads with cereals/grains such as rye, soy, corn, etc. mainly using wholemeal strong flour.
French – For loaves with crisp crust open texture. The taste is crisp because sugar is not included in the ingredients.
Pizza – A rapid dough program for pizza, focaccia, and other Italin breads.
Bake only – A program for baking cakes only.
Bake – the unit automatically mixes ingredients, kneads the dough, rises it an bakes it (which I use this most of the time)
Bake Rapid – it has the same function like bake although it bakes faster than the standard Bake option.
Bake Sandwich – the unit automatically makes medium size loaf bread with a soft crust suitable for sandwich slices.
Bake Raisin – the unit automatically makes bread as in the Bake option. A beeper sounds to let you know when to add dried fruits, such as raisins. This is to prevent them from being crushed during the kneading process.
Dough – the unit automatically prepares dough for pizzas, dinner rolls, donuts, croissants, etc.
Dough Raisin – the unit automatically prepares dough as in the Dough option. A beeper sounds to let you know when to add dried fruits as in the Bake Raisin option.
NOW, This is AWESOME! Panasonic bread maker has a 13-hour timer that allows you to prepare everything the night before and wake up to the aroma of freshly baked bread. (In certain BAKE options only) The results however may differ when the timer is used.
The beep sounds 8 times when baking on the BAKE option or rising of dough on the DOUGH option is completed
The beep also sounds in the BAKE RAISIN and DOUGH RAISIN option, when the machine pauses for 1 minute during the kneading process to add the raisins, chopped dried fruits and/or nuts.
Is Panasonic bread maker EASY to clean?
Before cleaning this unit, always unplug and allow it to cool first.
Cleaning Panasonic bread maker is very easy. Here’s how it goes:
- Body and Lid – Just wipe with clean and damp cloth.
- Temperature Sensor (found inside the body) – Gently wipe again with the clean cloth.
- Yeast Dispenser – Wipe with clean cloth again. If you chooses to use the damp cloth, it should be completely dry before use.
- Bread pan and kneading blade – Do not submerge it in water, just wash it normally like your washing your favorite salad bowl. They are not dishwasher safe though. Also, the most important thing, do not use abrasive materials or the pan may be scratched.
- Measuring cup and spoon – Just rinse and dry, very easy.
Make sure that before storing your Panasonic bread maker, it must be completely dry especially the bread pan. Clear? Thank you very much.
Will my home made baked bread be very beautiful and eye appealing?
Our Panasonic bread maker is completely computerized, it means, the success of your loaf depends on the Quantity and Quality of the ingredients.
The unit comes up with its own recipe book. I use the same recipe and fresh ingredients, although sometimes I tend to make some adjustments on certain flavors.
TIPS! for using the Panasonic bread maker in baking Whole wheat and Multigrain breads
Whole wheat breads and multigrain breads are greatly affected by the quality of ingredients, especially the flour.
The flour quality is affected by the keeping methods, the temperature and humidity among other things. Another important factor about the flour is that its quality also differs from year to year, season to season due to the quality of the wheat crop affected by the weather.
Sometimes due to bad weather conditions, the crop may not grow with as much gluten forming properties as it would require to produce flour for making excellent breads.
When the quality of flour is poor, the bread may not rise, or collapse after rising due to weak gluten.
If that happens, you can use these tips to have better results;
- At least 1/8 of the flour (about 7 oz.) should be white bread flour, rather that whole wheat flour and/or
- Reduce 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup of water from the regular amount,
If above still do not solve the problems,
- Reduce the amount of dry yeast to 1 teaspoon.
Result: The loaf produced by above methods may be low or small.
What’s my favorite bread (yet) that I baked using PANASONIC Bread Maker?
I love fruits! I really love them that I even use it on our home made bread.
I’m happy to share you this recipe inspired by our very own Panasonic bread maker.
- 12 oz. mixed dried fruit
- 2 oz. chopped dates
- 2 oz. chopped walnuts
- 4 oz. chopped cherries
- 10 fl. oz. water
- 3 oz. butter
- 3 medium sized eggs, beaten
- 9 oz. ( 1 13/16 cup) plain flour
- 1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
- Place the fruit, dates, walnuts, cherries, water and butter together and heat until the fat has melted and the liquid is hot. This can be done on the hob or in the microwave oven. (High power for 4-5 minutes)
- Allow to cool slightly, then add eggs, flour and bicarbonate of soda. Mix well.
- Remove the kneading blade from the bread pan and line the bottom and sides with baking parchment.
- Place the mixture into the bread pan, being careful to ensure that the mixture is inside the baking parchment.
- Select BAKE only program and enter 55 minutes.
- After baking, test with skewer to see if the cake is cooked. If the cake requires extra time, select the BAKE only program again and enter a further 3 - 5 minutes on the timer. If it is still slightly sticky, this will cook through during the stand period.
- Take the bread pan out of the bread maker using oven gloves. Leave to stand for 5-10 minutes before removing from the bread pad and allowing to cool.
- Enjoy the aroma and the taste of your home made, freshly cut fruity cake.
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