Did you know that human beings have been making bread at home
for more than 30,000 years? It's one of humankind's oldest prepared
However, since mass produced sliced bread was first introduced to
supermarkets around a century ago, many of us have become separated
from the process of making bread, and so have lost some of that
'closeness' to our food, which can help with making better eating
decisions. In a world where more people are increasingly
conscious of what goes into the food they eat, there's something
reassuring about making your own bread at home.
If you've ever tried making bread at home, you'll know that one of
the most important parts of the process is the kneading. This
slowly blends the flour with the water in the bread dough mixture,
which expands the strands of gluten in the flour and creates its
The more bread dough is kneaded, the lighter its texture will be.
Kneading by hand can be very time-consuming, which is where
bread-making machines really help, taking care of this process
These days, making your own bread at home has never been easier,
especially now that Panasonic's popular breadmaker, the SD-257, is back in New
The range of bread styles you can make with a Panasonic breadmaker
are almost limitless - from classic white, wholemeal, gluten-free
or multigrain loaves, to sweet buns, rolls and brioches, to dough
for making pizza bases.
The Consumers' Institute of New Zealand calculates that if you buy
bread-making ingredients in bulk, you can make a 750g loaf of white
bread for less than $2 - which includes electricity
costs. This is about half the price of a comparable sized loaf
bought from a supermarket or bakery. This means that if you make
three basic white loaves a week, a $200 bread-maker will pay for
itself in less than a year.
If you've never tried a home bread-maker before, the Panasonic SD-257 will give
you everything you need to become a master baker at home, and help
save you money in the process. To help get you underway, our
resident bread-making expert Karla has put together some tips on
how to get the best out of your breadmaker.
Karla's White Loaf Recipe Variation
A slight variation from the originally published recipe
- 450gm white high grade flour
Daley Bread Recipe - George Dale
An original gluten and wheat free recipe of George Dale's, adjusted
to suit the Panasonic Breadmaker. Tested and approved by a person
who has eaten only gluten free for years.
- Gluten Free Program
- Medium Size
- Medium Crust
Four Flour Loaf
- 2/3 Cup Potato Starch Flour