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The Joy of Baking My Own Bread

Updated on October 25, 2013

There's really nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread.

I purchased my Panasonic bread maker about a year ago as I got tired of running to the bakery every time I needed a loaf of fresh bread. I also started becoming more conscious of what goes into my body so I started to cook more of my meals at home and making my own bread made perfect sense. I knew what would go into my breads so I went out on a mission to find the perfect bread baking machine.

Choosing a Good Bread Maker

I was not expecting to be bombarded with the large selection of choices of bread makers out there and after an hour of looking around inspecting all the different brands, I felt completely overwhelmed. I left the store with a handful of brochures and went to Starbucks to peruse the selections. I decided to narrow down my choices by deciding what was most important to me.

I decided that I needed one that wasn't too big as I had very little counter space in my kitchen. I wanted to be able to make breads with a minimum of complicated steps. I also wanted the option to make different kinds of breads as well as the option to add additional ingredients such as dried fruits and nuts. After going through the brochures one more time, I headed back to the store and decided on the Panasonic SD-RD250 Bread Maker with Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser.

Putting It To The Test

So I took my new bread maker home and decided to take it for a test drive by making a simple loaf of bread. First of all, the size of the machine was perfect and fit my small space on my counter right next to my rice cooker. I carefully read the instructions and got all the necessary ingredients for bread. After around 2 hours with quick mode, my machine beeped telling me it was ready. I took it out carefully and was instantly excited by how it looked and smelled. I could only wait for 5 minutes until I had to tear off a piece of piping-hot bread. Seriously and in all honestly, it was one of the best tasting morsel of flour I have had the pleasure of having in my mouth. The outside was perfectly crusty while the insides were fluffy with just the right amount of chewiness. I was in bread heaven! The washing up couldn't be easier with the non-stick surface as it basically only needs a wipe with some water and a paper towel.

A week later, I invited my friends over for dinner so that I could impress them with my new bread maker. I researched and found a recipe for cheese bread with semi-dried tomatoes. I used the automatic dispenser for the bits of tomatoes and added the cheese when the machine told me to. The dispenser expertly mixes the ingredients into the dough while the special mode lets you add things on the top of the bread such as cheese or a cinnamon roll icing. My cheese and tomato bread was even better than the first loaf I made! Seriously I could hardly contain my excitement! My friends were equally impressed as well and at the end, not a piece of bread remained in the bread basket.

I can honestly say that I am one satisfied customer. I still buy bread from stores when I'm far from home, but it's hard to find one as good as my home-baked breads. It's hard to come up with anything that I don't like about this bread maker except for the fact that my mother always insists I make her a fresh loaf every single day when she visits me.

I've taken some photos of my machine as well as close-up shots of my regular white bread loaf as well as my now famous cheese and semi-dried tomato bread.

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The bread maker is small enough to fit in this space next to my rice cooker.Here is the dry ingredients dispenser.The inside of my bread maker.All you do is put the ingredients into this machine.My bread is done is in about 2 hours in quick mode!Here's my first loaf that I made. It was absolutely perfect.Cut up slices with dinner.My cheese and semi-dried tomatoes bread was out of this world!
The bread maker is small enough to fit in this space next to my rice cooker.
The bread maker is small enough to fit in this space next to my rice cooker.
Here is the dry ingredients dispenser.
Here is the dry ingredients dispenser.
The inside of my bread maker.
The inside of my bread maker.
All you do is put the ingredients into this machine.
All you do is put the ingredients into this machine.
My bread is done is in about 2 hours in quick mode!
My bread is done is in about 2 hours in quick mode!
Here's my first loaf that I made. It was absolutely perfect.
Here's my first loaf that I made. It was absolutely perfect.
Cut up slices with dinner.
Cut up slices with dinner.
My cheese and semi-dried tomatoes bread was out of this world!
My cheese and semi-dried tomatoes bread was out of this world!
The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook
The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook

For me, a good bread machine cookbook is a must-have and if you were to buy one, this should be it. It's a pretty complete cookbook with a variety of recipes that should please just about anyone.

 
300 Best Bread Machine Recipes
300 Best Bread Machine Recipes

Some of my favorite recipes from this book include the cinnamon raisin and bacon cheddar loaf. I also like the recipes for non bread items such as pasta and cake.

 
Prep Solutions by Progressive Adjustable Bread Keeper
Prep Solutions by Progressive Adjustable Bread Keeper

This is the perfect box to keep your bread fresh. It comes with an air vent to let just the right amount of air in and comes with a bread board for convenient cutting.

 

The Panasonic Bread Maker can bake perfect breads and a whole lot more. Watch this video and see why it's my bread maker of choice.

Have you ever used a bread maker before? Please feel free to leave your comments.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      What a handy item! My wife makes bread from scratch, in a bowl and everything. I think if I were making it, I'd want a machine like this.

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      We used to make our own bread then fell out of the habit. We should do it again! Thanks for sharing.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: Me too. thank you for reading.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: Everything is best in moderation I say. Thanks for commenting.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @georgepmoola2: Thanks. I'm glad I did. hehe

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Susan300: Oh no! I would never be able to live without mine.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: so true Vinn. Thank you for your comments.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I love the smell of freshly baked bread. I could really use one of these.

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Used to make our own bread, but we do not eat so much of it nowadays!

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      georgepmoola2 4 years ago

      Great lens, making me hungry!

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      Susan300 4 years ago

      I have *mourned* over my lost bread-maker! Thanks for the awesome review, so I can finally get it replaced. :)

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      VinnWong 4 years ago

      Bread! I love love love fresh bread. There's really nothing better than waking up to the smell of a bakery really. Not having to knead makes it everything so much easier to make at home. Thanks!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ayannavenus: yep no more kneading! Can't believe I used to do that.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      ayannavenus 4 years ago

      Yes and means no more kneading....haven't used the Panasonic though might be time for an upgrade!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you Vspa

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @BrownEyedGirl69: Here's a slice for you BrownEyed! Catch! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RuthieDenise: Thanks so much. This one really is one of the best.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Nightcat: Yes, I can totally relate with that. We have long winters here as well.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Camden1: Yep I tried baking bread without it but gosh, it just takes up too much time. This is definitely a time saver.

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      BrownEyedGirl69 4 years ago

      Fresh Bread would be Great this morning!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Oh yum yum. Not a breadmaker yet, but I've been a breadmaker.

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      RuthieDenise 4 years ago

      I have had a couple of used ones but not the Panasonic. I would love to try this one. Sounds great!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      This sounds amazing! I know where I live going out for bread from Oct to some time in May can be a bitterly cold experience. This would be lovely!

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I've never used a bread maker. I love home-made bread, but it's way more work than I'm willing to do. I think I might have to put a bread maker on my Christmas list this year!