Toastmaster Bread Maker, 1.5 Pound Capacity
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This is my second Toastmaster Bread Maker. My original one was an old style vertical loaf but the bread was excellent and the bread maker lasted for several years. I sometimes used it as often as 5 times a week. That influenced me to purchase another Toastmaster. I have had it for 4 weeks and have used it several times. The one thing I do not like is that the recipes in the new book do not turn out well for me. The bread is coarse-textured and the taste just is not right. I then tried the recipes from my old Toastmaster and they are excellent, just as they were in the old bread maker. Because of the horizontal loaf shape and only one paddle for mixing, I have discovered that the flour is cleaned from the sides of the pan better by using a teaspoon or two extra of water to make the dough just a little more sticky than was needed with the old bread maker. The loaf is also more rounded and smooth on top.
I would purchase this product again.
The machine is very easy to use. Just measure and dump the ingredients into the baking pan in the recommended order, select your baking setting (basic, fast bake, french, whole wheat, sweet, quick, dough or "bake only"), select your loaf size (1.0, 1.5 or 2.0 lbs), select your crust color (light, medium or dark), and press start. (Some of the loaf & crust options are not available on certain bake settings.) Lots of recipes in the manual.
Fast bake takes about 1 hour. The basic, french, whole wheat and sweet bake settings take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours. The quick breads take 1.5 hours, the dough setting is 1.3 hours (plus shaping and baking time) and the "bake only" setting is for baking dough from other sources.
I'm afraid I don't use my bread machine as much as I had envisioned, but it does a decent job when I do. I probably use the fast bake setting the most, since it only takes an hour to bake, but I've also had success with the basic, french and dough settings. I use whole wheat flour under all these settings, so I've never bothered with the whole wheat setting. The others I haven't tried yet. The fast bake loaf does bake less evenly than loaves baked using the other settings I've tried, but I love having fresh baked bread in only one hour.
I'm rating this machine 4 stars because of the lid. It's okay, but a little flimsy. It's fallen off a couple of times, when I was removing the hot pan from the machine. On the other hand, it hasn't in any way affected it's baking quality of future loaves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use this almost weekly. At one point, the lid hinges snapped off/broke but I was able to patch it back together and it still works great. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Heather
i liked the price. the name of the brand can be trusted. i will tell you more once i use it.Published on April 17, 2013 by dee dee
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I bought this machine for my daughter. She loves this machine! I tried it myself while visiting her. I made four batches of bread! We just kept eating it! Read morePublished on January 31, 2008 by Elayne Lofthouse
The box had been opened, there were no directions in the box and the breadmaker did not work. We are fulltime RVers and we were getting ready to leave Calif. Read morePublished on June 10, 2007 by Pat Harvey