Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Panasonic Bread Maker sd-p104

I have been yearning for a bread maker since last year and particularly Panasonic brand. For your information,  I don’t own an oven and I think bread maker is perfect for a lazy person like me. Haha.

In Malaysia, there is only one model of Panasonic bread maker i.e. SD-P104. As greedy as I am, I hope to get a new version like those in other countries. However, this seems to be impossible for me after considering the cost of buying it from oversea. Hence, what was in the wish list remained in the wish list. In fact, there are many other cheaper brands of bread makers available in the market that I could choose.

In June 2015, I saw that TBM online in Rakuten Malaysia was having Father’s Day promotion whereby the Panasonic bread maker SD-P104 was sold only at RM599!!! This was indeed a good chance to buy in a bread maker. So, one week after my online order, I finally received my ‘toy’…

New toy
First try - plain bread with crust setting 'medium' - crust too hard

First bread - inner view
Second bake - raisin bread
A successful one
Crust setting  'light' 
Third bake - wheat germ bread
Didn't rise as expected but edible
I considered it fail

Immediate after third bake, I washed the container and bake another wheat germ bake.
It was a fiasco as I forgot to place the blade and thus the ingredients couldn't be kneaded.
Moral of the story: Don't bake in the middle of the night.

Coffee Raisin Bread
used 3 in 1 coffee mix. although the coffee taste was not strong but overall I was satisfied. At least the colour was very nice. 

There is recipe together with the manual but somehow you are going to get bored of it. Google is always a good freind for a less creative person (yes, me). However, it's hard to find new recipe / recipe in English originated from Singapore or Malaysia. Most google results are some bloggers' reviews after invitation to Panasonic bread maker workshop. Fret not, you can always buy bread maker recipe book written by Taiwanese / Japanese author. But I think the quantity of ingredients need to be modified to suit your machine.

Except the first bake, I have been using 'light' crust setting as it more suit to my taste. However, it can be slight chewy for those who don' t like it. 

For me, bread maker is not very cost-effective unless
  • you buy a cheaper one
  • you use it consistently and for a long term
Nevertheless, home baked bread is always the best as you can control the ingredient and surely preservative-free! The aroma of fresh bread and hot from the oven bread maker is priceless. Haha.
So far I have only tried the basic bread setting. Don't really have the time (with a clingy baby) and space to try out other settings. Hopefully I can optimise the usage of this bread maker after I move into my new house later. Bye.