raisin bread | review of panasonic bread maker

I have been making bread almost everyday since I got the Panasonic bread maker. As part of the competition for the Best Cooking Blog category in the Singapore Blog Awards this year, I was asked to use the machine to make a series of different types of bread. Voting ends at the end of July so it is not too late to vote for me! πŸ˜›

My 4-year-old has been watching me make bread with much interest. Today, I thought I’d make a raisin loaf for the LAM. As I was getting the ingredients out of the cupboard, Aden walked into the kitchen and asked if he could help.

I thought, why not?

And so he did help.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am extremely proud to present Aden’s first loaf of bread!

Other than checking the measurements were correct and helping him to place the bread pan in the machine, he did everything himself.

Here’s how Aden made bread for the first time!

Into the pan, he added bread flour.

And sugar.

This was followed by the milk powder and the salt.

The last two ingredients to go into the pan were the butter and the water.

I placed the bread pan into the machine.

And closed the lid.

The Panasonic bread maker comes with an automatic ingredient dispenser which not only adds the ingredients (like dried fruit, nuts and cereals) to the bread dough after the first rise, it also distributes them evenly throughout the loaf.

This means that the ingredients are added only after the dough has risen and as a result, they do not affect the rising of the dough.

So Aden put the raisins into the ingredient dispenser.

The machine also has a yeast dispenser. The yeast is added after the ingredients have been mixed so that the salt will not kill the yeast. I think this is very clever.

Aden carefully added the yeast into the yeast dispenser.

He shut the lid shut and selected Menu “1” for a basic loaf.

And pressed the START button.

As you can see, he was really thrilled that he had basically done everything by himself!

Needless to say, I was mighty pleased too because I really enjoy spending time in the kitchen with my little man.

In fact, when Aden was adding flour to the bread pan, he gave out a giggle and said, “I really like cooking, Mommy!” Yes, my heart melted there and then. πŸ™‚

So we let the machine do the work. And about 4 hours later, we had a beautiful loaf of raisin bread.

I must say that I am really impressed by how easy the entire process was! This machine makes the bread-making process so easy even a 4-year-old can make bread.

Apart from having spent a really nice time with Aden, I am really pleased that we are eating home-made bread now. It is so much more healthy because I know that only the best ingredients will go into my breads with absolutely no additives.

I look forward to making more bread with Aden, and I am also glad to report that Daddy was well-impressed with his bread.

He ate it with, well, Vegemite, of course!

Raisin Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups (250g) bread flour
  2. 10g butter
  3. 2 tablespoons (24g) caster sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon (6g) milk powder
  5. 1 teaspoon (6g) salt
  6. 190ml water
  7. 1 teaspoon (2.8g) instant dry yeast
  8. 40g raisins
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients (except for the yeast and raisins) in the bread pan.
  2. Add raisins to the ingredient dispenser and the yeast to the yeast dispenser. If your machine does not have these functions, add the yeast to the opposite end of the pan to the salt, and add the raisins after the bread has risen.
  3. Choose Menu 1 (for basic loaf) and press START.
  4. When bread has been made, allow it to cool on a wire rack to cool completely.
Adapted from Panasonic
Adapted from Panasonic
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The bread maker is available for sale at: 

Best Denki Ngee Ann, Junction 8, Katong, Court Mega Store, Harvey Norman, Isetan, CK Tangs and Takashimaya.
The retail price is at $329 and above store mentions are subject to stock availability.
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