Review: Morphy Richards bread maker
To feast on bread from this fine machine requires simply 1) adding the ingredients, 2) selecting your programme and 3) enjoying the results.
5 key benefits of using a bread machine (read the full article)
1. Less mess, less fuss
2. Minimum kneading (10 minutes)
3. Works while you’re away
4. Consistent results
5. Programmable timer
Here are some FAQ’s, guidelines and benefits of baking bread with the Morphy Richards bread maker.
The instruction manual is so simple and easy to follow, making it impossible to drop the ball or miss a step. Clearly marked sections, simple terms, comprehensive troubleshooting and good recipes all make this manual a pleasure to use.
Simple cooking procedure
The cooking procedure almost feels too easy with this machine, it’s customisable (you can even choose your desired crust setting – from light to very dark) and the measuring utensils provided along with it give you the confidence that your proportions will be 100% accurate.
A few golden rules
1. Always use tepid bottled still water to control salt content
2. Place ingredients on top of each other in the exact order of the recipe
3. Don’t allow the yeast to come into contact with any liquid when adding ingredients to the bread pan
4. Don’t compress your ingredients into the measuring utensils, spoon them in and then level off gently
5. Don’t move the machine around while baking
If you follow these, you’re set for success
The machine is incredibly easy to figure out, even without the manual. Only consisting of 4 buttons and a crystal clear display screen with logical icons allows for easy navigation.
Construction quality and finish
The compact, sleek stainless steel body looks good on your kitchen counter and the parts are solid and of a visibly high quality. The collapsible blade is also a great feature – no more strange big holes in the bottom of your bread machine’s loaves.
Should I weigh or measure?
The beauty of this machine is that no scale is required. The measuring utensils provided have been specifically designed to allow for accurate quantities, delivering an optimal end result.
Can a normal recipe be adapted to a bread machine?
Normal recipes can definitely be adapted to suit a bread machine, but it is recommended that one first becomes comfortable with using recipes specifically formulated for the bread machine, as it’s all based on the perfect proportions of ingredients. Once you understand the proportions, you can experiment by changing normal recipes to suit your machine (and there are a massive amount of recipe books out there written specifically for bread machines).
Can it only give me bread?
No! This bread machine is also fantastic for making pizza dough, normal dough to shape into your own bread rolls (and then baked in a conventional oven), pasta dough or even jam. The little rotating blade is like a magic wand and, coupled with the instruction manual and settings offered by the machine, you don’t only have to stick to a standard loaf of sandwich bread.
What type of flour should I use? (read full article on the best flours for bread making)
When it comes to baking in a bread machine, it is recommended that you use strong flour which in simple terms is bread flour. Bread flour has a 12 to 14 percent protein content, which leads to a well-risen and well-shaped loaf thanks to the high gluten content.
Machine or no machine we wish you well in your bread making endeavors. Here’s a step by step recipe for making white bread in a bread maker if you’re feeling peckish.
With thanks to Karen Grandcourt for the beautiful images.