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During the first lockdown, getting your hands on a bread maker was like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
However, anyone who has ever smelt the satisfying scent of freshly baked bread wafting around their kitchen and carved off chunks to slather in butter, will know that the search is worth it.
If you are going to get into bread baking, a bread maker is key to easy at-home loaves - especially if your muscles are already tired from Joe Wicks and you need to switch from cook to home-school teacher in just over 10-minutes.
Luckily, this time, our search paid off, as the coveted Panasonic SD-ZB2512KXC Bread Maker - which had previously sold out - is now back in stock at John Lewis.
The retailer have reported a 146% rise in sales of bread makers and we’re sure that percentage will rise again, now that this top-rated gadget is available to buy.
Simply gather the ingredients, chuck them in and return after your first task of the day, for a well-deserved slice of still-warm bread.
Why we love it:
This nifty bread maker drops in the yeast at the optimal moment so that you’d be hard-pressed not to achieve the perfect load each time.
If you’re into adding fruit or nuts to your loaves, then you can just add them to the special dispenser for perfectly distributed dough that even Paul Hollywood would be proud of.
Plus, if you’re feeling fancy, you can also make cakes, jams and compotes.
How it works:
Simply place all the measured out ingredients in the bread pan, add the dry yeast to the yeast dispenser, set a bake menu and press start.
What the reviews say:
With over 600 five-star reviews, it definitely seems like a worthy lockdown purchase.
“Why didn't I buy one sooner?! Bake a small loaf each day. The bread also makes excellent toast.”
“Highly delighted with the bread maker. Made Gluten free bread, Wholemeal bread, white loaves and a spice loaf. Only had it four weeks so hoping to experiment with it more. Lots of recipes in the instruction booklet.”
“Used for wholemeal loaves mostly, but also the French and Italian recipes. Wonderfully consistent (unlike my previous brand bread maker) loaves with a good colour, rise, and texture.”
“The bread so much nicer than shop bought.”
“I upgraded to this model after using another Panasonic bread maker for over ten years. I have not been disappointed, the results so far have been perfectly shaped, tasty loaves which you can easily remove from the non-stick tin.”
Buy it: Panasonic SD-ZB2512KXC Bread Maker | £199.99 from John Lewis
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