Panasonic SD257 Bread Baking Tips1st March 2011     By: Panasonic Media

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 foods.

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 texture.

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 automatically.

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 Zealand.

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

  • 3 tsp yeast
  • 450gm white high grade flour
  • 1 and ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbl milk powder
  • 2 Tbl butter
  • 300ml water

 

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 ½ Cups Water
  • 2 Eggs (Beaten)
  • ½ Cup Dry Milk Powder
  • 2 Cups Brown Rice Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Soya Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Potato Starch Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Tapioca Flour
  • ¼ Cup Raw Sugar
  • 4 Teaspoons Xanthane Gum
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Teaspoons Yeast

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