Showing posts with label Bread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bread. Show all posts

Friday, 14 November 2014

Making Jam in the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 Bread Maker

Having recently reviewed the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 Bread Maker at the time of writing I hadn't tried making jam so as promised I gave it a go. 
Now, how marvelous it would be, but would it actually work?  Well folks I can tell you it certainly does.  No messing about with thermometers - just put the fruit in the bread pan along with jam sugar (sugar with pectin added) and Robert's your father's brother!


































The supplied recipe book says to use sugar and powdered pectin.  Now could I actually find powdered pectin in Asda or Tesco, errr no.  But that said I'm sure if I hunted about a bit in the right shop I'd find it.  But I wanted to make jam now.  So not to be put off I fancied that if I used jam sugar (Tate & Lyle) it would be the same difference, after-all it's just sugar with the right amount of pectin already added.

So, to make jam in the Panasonic bread maker (please note not all models have a menu for making jam) simply layer fruit and jam sugar in the bread pan.
  
 Select the correct menu, press START and sit back while jam happens.


So with the jam making a success it was onto making a Spicy Fruit Loaf.  Once again, faultless - I love this machine!


Nice and spicy and while cooking the kitchen smelt amazing.  Am I impressed with this bread maker - it's a big fat YES from me.   




































Disclaimer:  I was sent this Panasonic Bread Maker for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not meant to influence readers buying choice.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Panasonic Stainless Steel Bread Maker - Review

Now, there are bread makers and there are BREAD MAKERS!  I think the very stylish Panasonic SD-ZB2502 would take some beating in looks and more importantly performance.

Having owned, and been using an older Panasonic model (the SD-255) for a few years now (and I might point out I was still using it till this fancy one arrived) I can tell you even though my older model is fantastic there was one thing that always bugged me - and that was the way you set it the programs.  You selected them and they went round in a loop which made it sometimes quite confusing to set.  That said, believe me it doesn't take much to confuse me.  With this one however I'm pleased to say it really is a doddle to set since it's done by simply select a menu number. 

The bread pan is longways as apposed to sideways as it was in my older machine - this is far better since this breadmaker takes up far less room on the kitchen worktop.
The dimensions are H38.2 x W25.6 x D38.9cm and the maximum loaf size is 0.8kg



Of course this bread maker isn't all about making bread - far from it.  Without an ounce of baking knowledge you can and I did, even if I do say so myself, create pretty decent looking Chocolate Chip Brioche Rolls and even Tear and Share Bread But it can also make Pizza Dough, Bake Cakes and even make Jam.   

Another improvement on older Panasonic models is the Yeast Dispenser - previously to this you would add the yeast to the bread pan along with the other ingredients taking care to keep it away from the water or salt which would ruin the loaf if they mixed using timer delay mode.   With this model the yeast is added to the yeast dispenser (round hole in picture above) which insures the yeast isn't mixed with other ingredients until it needs to be and the machine will automatically add it at the correct time.

What can the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 Bread Maker do?

What can't it do is more to the point!

Speciality Mode: 
Speciality Mode enables you to use various grains and flours like Spelt flour which cannot be made into a loaf easily on their own. The Rye Bread Program together with the unique mixing blade can create a range of tasty loaves using Rye and Spelt flours.

Yeast and Raisin-Nut Dispensers: 
Unique to Panasonic, the Yeast Dispenser drops the yeast automatically at the optimum time during baking. The Raisin Nut Dispenser adds additional ingredients to your recipe ensuring the best loaf every time.

100% Gluten Free: 
The 100% Gluten Free bread program allows you to bake gluten free loaves, using a wide range of gluten free bread mixes and flours. Giving you the convenience of having freshly baked bread that is tailored specific to your taste and needs.

Loaf Size and Darkness Options: 
The Panasonic bread machine adapts to your life. Whether it’s a smaller loaf for yourself, or an XL loaf for your loved ones, making the perfect loaf couldn’t be simpler. It is even possible to determine how light or dark you would prefer your loaf, by simply selecting the desired browning level.

Jam and Compote mode: 
The Panasonic Breadmaker can not only bake, but using the new Jam and Compote Mode you are spoilt for choice when creating your homemade jams at home. There are 8 jam and 6 compote recipes available in the breadmaker operating instructions to help you along the way.

How did I get on?:
This machine is really very easy to set, just decide which recipe you'd like to make from the recipe book and using the menu button, press until that number is shown, of course you must add your ingredients (the book tells you the ingredients and measurements needed for your chosen recipe) then you can either select START or set the TIMER (up to 13 hours time delay) a few recipes aren't suitable for delayed start but again the book tells you.   
 
As you can see from my picture above I actually managed to make Chocolate Chip Brioche Rolls and let me tell you they were seriously good.  The machine makes the dough for you and all you have to do is roll it out and add the chocolate chips, fold and roll again then shape into rolls, glaze and bake.  The inside honestly looked just like any brioche I've ever had before and tasted equally as good as when bought and baked fresh from a bakers shop.   

Next up I tried Tear and Share Bread, the supplied recipe book gives a few ideas for fillings but since I didn't have everything to hand t make the suggested fillings, I used half a jar of Sun-dried Tomato Paste and sprinkled with a good amount of Cheddar Cheese.  Another good job done I think you'll agree?

























If you're considering buying a bread machine I would highly recommend Panasonic since the automatic Raisin Nut dispenser takes the hard work out of adding them at the correct point in a recipe - for example you would have to listen out for a beep and actually be there to do this.  This machine does all that for you.  After all what would be the benefit of having a bread machine that you have to sit and watch?   So with this one your fruity loaf or seeded bread is all taken care of without the need for you to be there.

Panasonic say; 'The non-stick bread pan and kneading blade are coated with diamond particles, to ensure you will be able to easily remove bread from this unit once cooked'.
I say; Yep, another great improvement and it does work.  A freshly baked loaf easily slips out of the pan whereas before it was a struggle sometimes and I could easily have thrown my old bread maker across the room - just saying.  

Before this post gets so long everyone starts to fall asleep I'm going to leave it at this.  But I'll do another very soon with how I got on making Bread which was all good by the way.  At the time of writing I haven't made Jam so in the next post I'll tell you about that too.  Amendment - I have now made jam you can read how I got on here.

Selling at around £139.99 I think although that although you can buy other brands as cheap as thirty odd quid you really won't get the quality or different functions that this can do, nor would you get the same great results. So it might sound expensive but this machine is worth every penny and certainly wouldn't disappoint.

This Panasonic breadmaker is available in local John Lewis, Currys, Argos, and Lakeland retail stores and online at Amazon.

You can see another review of this breadmaker by Emily over at A Mummy Too. 

Disclaimer:  I was sent this Panasonic Bread Maker for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not meant to influence readers buying choice.  I was not required to write a positive review.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Giveaway - Branston Relishes and Pickles

Branston is well known for their great products and just about everyone has heard of and loves Branston Pickle!  Well the good news is they've just released a new relish line incorporating five flavours and they are offering readers of this blog the chance to win all five of these relishes - and more!

 The selection consists of Tomato and Red Pepper relish which adds a tangy twist to a hot dog, and the jalapeño in the Spicy Tomato is perfect if you like a kick to your food.  Caramelised Red Onion which is brilliant in burgers, Smoky Tomato and Chipotle that offers a distinctive smoky taste and Brazilian which is a sweet and spicy relish.
Pop over to Branston to find out more about their products.
 

 TV Chef Andy Bates of Street feasts has created some lovely recipes to celebrate the launch of Branston's relishes.
Print Recipe
https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/tuna-melt-toastie-with-branston-spicy-tomato-relish

Tuna Melt Toastie with Branston Spicy Tomato Relish
Ingredients:
1tbsp mayonnaise
1tbsp soured cream
2tbsp tinned sweet corn
1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped
zest of a lemon
1tbsp chopped Coriander
salt and pepper
150g tinned tuna, drained
4 slices of sour dough bread
½ ripe avocado cut & sliced
50g grated Swiss cheese
20g grated Parmesan
3tbsp Branston Spicy Tomato Relish
2tbsp butter for frying

Method:
     Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4.
    In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, soured cream, sweet corn, chilli, zest, coriander and season. Carefully fold in the tuna. Set to one side. Spread two of the bread slices with the tuna mix, then top with avocado slices, and the cheeses. Spread the remaining 2 slices with the Relish. Close sandwiches together.
    In a heavy based saucepan heat the butter on a medium heat till starting to foam. Add the sandwiches and cook for 2-3 minutes, flip over and transfer the pan to the oven for 4 minutes melting the cheese inside.
    Cut and Serve.
 *For a milder toastie the kids can enjoy, substitute Spicy Tomato Relish for Tomato and Red Pepper Relish and omit the chilli.
 
Now for the Branston Giveaway - the prize will be:
5 x Branston relish (one of each flavour)
2 x Branston Original Pickle
2 x Branston Small Chunky Pickle

How to Enter - Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget:
Please note the prize can only be sent to the UK only. To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.
*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed as will anyone that says they have left a blog post comment but really hasn't! 
For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget along with the terms and conditions.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Good Luck Everyone!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Feta and Red Chilli Stuffed Naan

Okay this isn't exactly a traditional filling for naan bread but I fancied making something different.  After the success of my Peshwari naan and since I had some feta along with a green bell pepper in the fridge in need of using up, Feta and Red Chilli Naan seemed the way to go.


Never mind that it's naan bread, it makes a nice change from ordinary bread and can be served with whatever you fancy.  Once you've made your dough, stuffing it is easy to do and you can experiment with different fillings to suite your taste.   

A Quick Word on Yeast:
You really need to use Dried Active Yeast for hand baking and not Easy Bake or Fast Action.  Easy bake yeast is suited to bread machine and you will not get the same result.
How do I know these things?  Because I made this mistake in the past and my naan turned out horrid and hard!  

Monday, 31 March 2014

Peshwari Naan - Easy to Make Recipe

 Every good Indian curry dish deserves some nice naan bread for dipping and mopping.  Garlic and Coriander is seriously good, but if I have to choose between the two then Peshwari has to be my favourite. 
 Peshwari has a lovely sweet taste to it from the coconut and sultanas.  If you want to you add a few flaked almonds to the top.  So very easy to make and far better than shop bought naan. 
 

Don't forget once the naan is cooked you can freeze them if you have too many.   
Just be sure to defrosted them thoroughly before reheating.  Place the naan breads on kitchen foil and sprinkle with a little water.  I've done it and they turn out fine.  

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Proper Baked Beans on Soda Bread Toast - Tom Kerridge

Oh my goodness, have you seen Tom Kerridge's TV program on 'BBC 'Proper Pub Food'?  It's fantastic - everything he makes looks truly delicious!   So, after watching the other day his Proper Baked Beans on Soda Bread Toast just had to be made.


And I just had to buy his book too.  I found these two recipes so very easy to follow and more importantly - they both worked.  I'm so fed up with recipes in books that just don't work.  Amazingly for me I managed to produce this quite good looking loaf of soda bread too!  *Please note the loaf was half this size again, just that we'd eaten the rest before I took this picture.

Friday, 23 August 2013

LivLife - Bread with Half the Carbs

  Great news for anyone either on a diet, or just wanting to eat more healthily.  You may or may not know that regular bread contains on average 42.7g carbohydrate per 100g, but imagine a bread that contains only 14.6g carbohydrate per 100g well here it is - LivLife Seriously Seeded Bread.  

Okay so this bread has 50% less carbs per 100g compared to regular seeded, white and brown sliced loaves:

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Easy Breakfast - Recipe Idea

The perfect lazy day breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast topped with crispy bacon and roasted tomatoes.  Serve with a nice cup of coffee (tea for me please) and after eating this you'll be all set and ready to do absolutely nothing for the rest of your lazy day.
Well in my case, till lunch time - always hungry am I.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Piquanté Pepper and SunBlush Tomato Flatbread

 This very moreish flatbread made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, topped with a Tomato Sauce, Piquanté Peppers and SunBlush Tomatoes - certainly does the trick if your looking for a bread to go with any Pasta Dish or my Patatas Bravas with Chicken and Chorizo.

Having been set a challenge to do something with bread dough by Mermaid Cookware for National Bread Week (16th-22nd April) - here's my invention!
I've tried and tested a few Mermaid products before and this baking sheet lived up to all my expectations.  The baking sheet is made from Hard Anodised Aluminium which evenly distributes heat to avoid hot spots.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Weight Watchers Food Products - Review

 Weight Watchers have a great range of different food products to help you loose weight and maintain a healthy diet.  I was recently sent a box of different products to try.

First up for the taste test was Rogan Josh Cooking Sauce:
'Weight Watchers have a wide range of Cooking Sauces allowing you create a  satisfying home-cooked meal in a hurry.  The sauces are all low in fat and ProPoints® values too.  Use with chicken, meat, fish, vegetables to suit your taste.  Rogan Josh sauce is a medium hot curry sauce and has ProPoints value of 2 per serving, it’s ideal for those who like a curry with a bit more heat'. 
 So what did we think of the Rogan Josh sauce?
Nice, rich tomatoey and very tasty sauce with a good amount of spicy heat without being too hot.  Compared with a regular Rogan Josh cooking sauce from a well know supermarket the Weight Watchers sauce (per 100g) is just 41kcal compared to 80kcal and Fat (of which saturates) Weight Watchers is just 0.1g compared to 0.2g and is also lower in salt too.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Quick Soda Bread - Nigel's Lazy Loaf

   Nigel Slater's idea of baking the loaf in a preheated cast iron casserole dish is a good one, but I'm thinking the loaf might have a bit more colour round the edge if it was just baking on a baking tray. 
  Overall I was really pleased with how this loaf turned out - not being a one for baking and all that.  Using the cast iron casserole did make the loaf cook quick - 25 minutes and it's done!
One thing's for sure, once the loaf was cut and smothered in butter, it tasted good.  Whatever, I would still make it this way again.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Forman and Field Tasting Hamper - Review

I was recently sent a lovely 'Tasting Hamper' to review from Forman and Field.
The hamper arrived around early in the morning, was perfectly packed and full of loads of yummy food.....
 What was inside?!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Polenta Crusted Flatbread - Easy to Make Recipe

Okay my flatbread wasn't exactly what you'd call flat!  But it was rather moreish and so easy to make.  Polenta is ground cornmeal and available in any good supermarket usually somewhere near to the pasta shelf. 
 It also was the nearest taste I've ever got trying to make the 'Hearty Italian' bread they serve in SubWay the high street sandwich shop.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia - Easy to Make

I came across this fantastic recipe by Lorraine Pascale in her book Baking Made Easy and it has to be said - this was easy!  Foccacia is an Italian flat bread and you can vary the topping to suit your taste - for example  Caramelised Red Onion or Cheese would be good!
As you're probably already aware, I don't do baking!  But this certainly turned out rather nice indeed.  Of course a good baking tray is vital and the Eazistore I reviewed a while back is still looking like new.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Domino's Reggae Reggae Pizza - A Review

Last night we ordered the new Reggae Reggae Pizza from Domino's the pizza delivery expert.  
Their new pizza made with Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce will be on general sale in all stores from Monday 11th April but you can try it now!  Just order it from Domino's Pizza UK FaceBook fan page where until Sunday, it's only £9.99 for a large one.  Just click on the Reggae Reggae link on the left side bar of their Facebook page and it will be added to your basket.
We loved the Reggae Reggae pizza and could find no faults at all in the ordering and delivery service.  The pizza itself was delish!  There was a generous amount of topping, chicken, tomatoes, green peppers and pineapple and mozzarella.  
The only really tiny fault we could find is we thought it was going to be spicier than it was - more heat please for us!  Of course, lots of people don't like as much spice as we do so with that said it's probably just us.  Whatever, we'd have no problem ordering this pizza again. 
Ten big slices of yumminess delivered to your door at the time you choose. I took a few screen shots to show just how easy ordering is:
Once you've placed your order you'll receive an email  with a link that lets you able to see the progress of your order!
 
You can see when you're order is being prepared, being baked, going through quality control and finally being delivered - Marvelous!
 We ordered our pizza to be delivered at 6pm and it arrived at 6.02pm (precisely)!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Garlic and Coriander Naan

I've made naan a few times before but I must say these were the best yet, really soft and perfectly cooked.  All in all they were totally yummy. 
Recipe adapted from one by Madhur Jaffery.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

New Basil Burst from Domino's Pizza - A Review

Domino’s pizza delivery service is brilliant and it's just the thing for when you’ve no time to cook.   
You can either pick up the phone to ring your order though, or of course, you can order online.  Just choose which time you want your pizza to arrive (within a 15 minute time slot) and it does!  As you would expect from Domino's it arrives nice and hot too.
 Last night we decided to try their new addition to the Double Decadence range ‘Basil Burst’. Basil pesto sandwiched between two tasty thin crust bases. 
 Paul (the husband) wanted to try ‘Basil Burst’ and I must admit I was a tiny bit concerned as I’m not a huge fan of pesto.  Now, I was pleasantly surprised to find I loved it! 
Whilst you can definitely taste the basil it didn’t over-power the topping we choose.  If anything I’d say it matched perfectly with the ‘Pepperoni Passion’ pizza we ordered.  Not too much, not too little, just the right amount of pesto in between the two thin crusts.
Pepperoni passion is topped with loads of pepperoni and is made with extra mozzarella cheese – total yum in a box.
 The Basil Burst crust is only available on their medium or large pizzas.  You can pick whichever topping you fancy from their mouth-watering menu. 
Another great thing is you can create your own pizza too!  Pick up to a maximum of nine from the nineteen different toppings available and the nice people at Domino's will create your perfect pizza.  You can even choose from six different pizza bases too.
Don’t forget you don’t have to be a meat lover – a great range of vegetarian options are catered for too.  Basil Burst is vegetarian nut-free pesto.
So, if you haven’t already tried Domino's pizzas why not place your order this evening and try it for yourself.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Dominos Pizza Delivery - Online Pizza Order Review

Now, as you know I love cooking, but sometimes you just seem to run out of time to cook!  
I had never ordered an online pizza before and I must admit I was a tiny bit concerned it would turn up lukewarm and greasy.
Last night was one of those nights when I just seem to have run out of time to cook.  So, I ordered a pizza to be delivered from Domino’s Pizza and I’ve since been converted!
I rang our local branch to make sure they delivered in our area although I realised afterward, I could have very easily found that out online.
The girl that answered the phone said ‘Domino’s pizza’s, how can I help you’?
I asked about delivery and she asked for my postcode.  Immediately she replied ‘Yes we do, do you want me to take your order?' 
To me it makes a big difference on how someone answers the telephone, I think you can get a good impression of the Company and how it's run that way.  Far better than if they sound bored when they answer and like they couldn’t care less if you ordered from them or not.

I logged on and I have to say I was amazed at how professional their site is.  If you’ve never had a look it’s well worth popping over to see for yourself.
You start by entering your postcode, and then you're presented with a huge list of different pizza toppings with size options, prices and pictures. 
Problem, you now have to decide which one to choose – Ooh what to have, what to have?!
Us, (me and the husband) being very greedy people having finally made our choice and ordered a large pizza.  We decided on the Hot and Spicy 13.5” which has onions, ground beef, green peppers and jalapeno peppers.
You then choose when you want it delivered, either as soon as possible, or you pick a time to suit you (within 15 minute time slots).
I placed our order at 5.15pm and picked a delivery time of 6.15pm.  To be honest I did that just because I wanted to see if it worked!
You can then either pay cash on delivery, or pay by credit or debit card.
A conformation of your order is sent straight away to you by email.

It gets better – you can check the real time status of your delivery – when it’s baked and out for delivery - how marvelous, I love anything gadgety!
 See screen capture below:
Total Amazement – it came at 6.12pm!
The pizza arrived nice and hot with the crust lovely and soft and not at all hard. Lovely fresh pizza with just the right amount of jalapeno peppers and topping. 
Oh and by the way, you can even choose the type of base and crust you want your pizza to have.
   Of course you can order sides such as coleslaw, potato wedges, garlic bread, chicken wings and more. You can even order drinks, ice cream or cheesecake too.
So, I’ve been converted and will be ordering again soon! 
 
 Hungry now?  Take a look and place an order at your local Domino's pizza now.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Ciabatta with Parsley, Garlic and Parmesan

Crunchy, garlicky, cheesy bread, oozing with extra virgin olive oil.
Probably no good for you what so ever - but it is nice!



When buying Parmesan only ever buy 'Parmigiano Reggiano' if it doesn't have that on it then it's not the same stuff and it wont taste half as good as the real thing. The term Parmesan can be used for cheeses imitating true Parmesan cheese.
Go
here to read more.

How to do it:
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F or Gas 6

Get yourself a nice good quality ciabatta bread and cut in half length ways.
Drizzle on both bread sides (not the crust side) with a good amount of extra virgin olive oil.
Then use any amount you fancy of the following:
finely chopped garlic
fresh flat leaf parsley
grated Parmesan
Sprinkle over the garlic and parsley. Grate over the Parmesan and put on a baking tray uncovered in your preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes.
Serve immediately.



Friday, 27 February 2009

Camembert Baked in the Box with Bruschetta

I first raved on about Camembert baked in it's box back in April 08 but since then I have quite got into serving it with Bruschetta - home made of course.
Please see my updated baked Camembert post here.


Marks and Spencer included baked Camembert as one of the starter courses in their 'Valentine's Dine in for £20' offer this year.
They sell it wrapped in foil ready to bake, but I like to bake it in its box adding a little wine and garlic for extra yumminess!
Also it looks great served in its box. However you decide to bake it, it's really easy and so very, very yummy. See how to do the Camembert below.
 Print Recipe
For the Bruschetta:
You will need half of a day old French stick - or as much as you fancy making of course.
Cut into thinnish slices drizzle a shallow baking tray with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. Then press each piece of bread into the tray and turn over. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and add a little more salt and pepper.
Bake in a preheated oven for about 15 to 25 minutes or until golden and crisp.
They emerge from the oven like this, crispy and crunchy and perfect for dipping.
Baked Camembert
For Two to Share, you will need:
250 g Camembert Cheese,1 clove garlic - peeled, half a teaspoon of white wine
How to do it:
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
Remove the cheese from it's box - take off the wrapping then put the cheese back in the box.
Make a good amount of tiny holes with a fork all over the top rind of the cheese. Now rub the garlic all over the top of the cheese - The smallest amount of olive oil will help you to rub the garlic easier.
Now drizzle the wine into them and put the lid back on the box.
Bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, until hot and bubbling. Keep an eye on it though as you don't want it all running out like mine almost did.
Also if you bake it in foil it will cook quicker so check it at around 15 minutes.

The result is sticky, gooey, melty cheese that oozes in it's box. Just dip in the bruschetta.  Oh and a glass or two of wine is vital.

LinkWithin