There’s nothing higher than the odor of contemporary bread wafting by way of the home, however baking your personal bread may be time-consuming. That is the place a bread maker can show useful, taking the laborious work out of baking your personal loaf. Panasonic has been one of many extra distinguished producers of bread-making machines since they first appeared within the Eighties, and the most recent addition to its bread-maker vary is one among 4 items that include a brand new horizontal design that doesn’t take up as a lot house on the countertop.
The Panasonic SD-YR2540 has a glossy, stainless-steel end. For the primary time the equipment comes with each computerized fruit/nut and yeast dispensers, which is able to add these components on the acceptable time within the baking course of, spreading them evenly all through the dough, so that you don’t have to fret about doing it your self.
It could possibly bake a number of several types of loaf together with white, wholemeal, gluten-free and sourdough. The SD-YR2540 may make desserts, together with pizza dough, jams, and chutney, making it some of the versatile bread makers Panasonic has ever produced.
There are 32 presets designed for several types of bread, dough and different objects, and the bread maker means that you can choose the scale of loaf you wish to bake (M, L or XL) in addition to how darkish the crust ought to be. The Panasonic SD-YR2540 additionally has a delay timer that may postpone bread-making by as much as 13 hours, so you possibly can get up to a contemporary loaf within the morning, offering you’ve weighed out the components and added them to the bread maker the evening earlier than. As well as, there’s a ‘bread combine’ program that can be utilized with pre-packaged mixes from supermarkets that already comprise yeast – a primary for Panasonic bread makers.
Panasonic SD-YR2540 worth and availability
The Panasonic SD-YR2540 is out there within the UK for £239.99. It’s one among two bread makers within the new vary that comes with each computerized fruit/nut and yeast dispensers. The opposite mannequin, the SD-YR2550, is priced at £199.99 and has a darkish gray reasonably than a stainless steel-style end. The latter mannequin doesn’t supply a spelt loaf program, however consists of the remainder of the presets provided by the SD-YR2540.
- Blade replicates hand kneading
- Non-stick bread pan can end up as much as 1.1kg loaves
- Twin sensors modify proving time based mostly on surrounding temperature
As we’ve already talked about, the SD-YR2540 is one among Panasonic’s first ‘horizontal’ bread makers, which means it received’t take up the entire depth of your countertop. Nevertheless, measuring 40.8 x 25.2 x 36.2cm (w x d x h), it nonetheless requires a good quantity of house. The 4.5cm show on the right-hand aspect shows the preset chosen, chosen utilizing the buttons beneath it, alongside the remaining time, chosen loaf dimension and browning stage of the crust.
Open the lid of the bread maker to entry the non-stick bread pan, which has a deal with to make it simpler to suit and take away. The fruit/nut and yeast dispensers sit on the highest of the bread maker, beneath a skinny plastic lid. The SD-YR2540 could make loaves as much as 1.1kg, and even comes with two totally different kneading blades: one for traditional bread dough and one for rye breads.
Panasonic says it has redesigned the kneading movement of the bread maker, so it is extra akin to hand-kneading. It additionally consists of twin temperature sensors that monitor the temperature of the room and the bread maker itself, adjusting the proving time for every loaf to be able to obtain a constant bake each time.
The Panasonic SD-YR2540 could make a number of several types of bread, in addition to dough, jam and chutneys utilizing the preset packages. There are 4 gluten-free packages, plus a guide mode that allows you to add the yeast your self in order for you extra management over your loaf.
- Loaves had been evenly browned with a crisp crust
- Fruit/nut dispenser evenly distributed fruit by way of loaf
- Exterior casing does develop into sizzling throughout longer packages
We had been very impressed with each loaf the Panasonic SD-YR2540 turned out. We made white, fruit, wholemeal and grocery store bread-mix loaves within the equipment, all of which got here out with a crisp, evenly browned crust, with the bread itself mushy and fluffy. Upon slicing the raisin bread, it was clear that the bread maker had finished a superb job of evenly distributing the fruit into the bread dough.
We additionally baked a gluten-free loaf within the bread machine, following a recipe included within the directions. This had a crunchy crust that was nicely browned, however the bread itself had a cake-like texture – though that is to be anticipated from a gluten-free bake.
The non-stick bread pan made it simple to take away the loaf as soon as baking was full, with the bread simply sliding out of the pan – we did must put on oven gloves, nevertheless, since each the pan and deal with had been too sizzling to carry. We had been happy, too, that the paddle didn’t develop into caught within the backside of the loaf. As well as, the Panasonic SD-YR2540 proved simple to scrub, with the bread pan merely requiring a wipe down with a humid fabric.
The bread maker supplies an audible and visible alert to inform the bread is prepared, so that you’ll know when to open the lid and take away the loaf. As anticipated, the Panasonic SD-YR2540 does make some noise throughout baking, significantly when mixing and kneading the dough. These lasted not than 30 seconds at a time and measured solely 64db on our decibel meter; that is just like the noise a dishwasher makes mid-cycle, and greater than acceptable in our opinion. Observe, although, that in longer bakes the casing reached as much as 50ºC, which was too sizzling to the touch – price remembering when positioning the bread maker on the countertop.