Morphy Richards 48280 Fastbake Breadmaker Review
What could be nicer than the delicious aroma of bread baking in the oven? Not much I think, as it appeals not only to our sense of smell, but also our emotions as it makes us feel warm and cozy, just as if we were back in our grandmothers’ kitchen. Well now we can be! (Notice how I say “we”!)
Now you can get a slightly higher end breadmaker for a lower end cost, making it a great bargain.
It has all the basic features and even a few extras. It is compact in size so it will fit nicely in the kitchen without having to knock down any walls.
Let’s take a look at what it has to offer:
- 3 loaf sizes – 1lb, 1.5lbs, and 2lbs
- 3 crust shade settings (light, medium, and dark)
- 12 programmable settings
- 13 hour delay timer
- Dough setting
- Cakes and jam settings
- Fast bake setting
- Extra bake setting
- Cool touch sides
- Nonstick pan and paddle
- Viewing porthole
- Measuring spoon and cup provided
- Two year guarantee
With three loaf sizes and three crust shades, plus 12 settings, there’s a loaf for everyone in this machine. It has two fast bake settings in case you’ve got a really hungry family who just can’t wait to eat. You can have a 2lb loaf of bread ready in less than one hour. Now that’s service!
The Morphy Richards 48280 fastbake breadmaker also has a timer for setting up to a 13 hour bake delay which allows you to load it, programme it, and have fresh bread ready and waiting when you get up in the morning, come home from work, or whatever suits your fancy. You can even make your jam in it! What could be easier?
Bread, dough, cakes, and more
This breadmaker comes with an instruction manual loaded with delicious recipes you can make with ease. Some of the treats in the recipes include:
|Basic Breads||Recipes for Quick Setting||Hot cross buns|
|White bread||Banana nut bread||Pizza base|
|Soft grain bread||Porridge oats bread||Jams|
|Brown loaf||Sweet Bread||Marmalade|
|Italian Herb Bread||Mixed fruit loaf||Raspberry and apple jam|
|Cheese and onion bread||Chocolate bread||Cakes|
|Raisin bread||Fastbake 1||Standard cake mix|
|Sun-dried tomato loaf||Small white loaf||Mixed fruit loaf|
|Malt Loaf||Fastbake 2||Sandwich Breads|
|French Bread||Large white loaf||Sandwich loaf|
|Whole Wheat Breads||Dough||Soft grain sandwich loaf|
|Whole wheat bread||White bread rolls|
|Granary loaf||Whole wheat rolls|
With this many options, how can you decide? You don’t have to – just make one of everything! One thing is for sure, you’ll keep everyone happy and full! You’ll also be able to keep your family healthier too, since homemade bread has no preservatives and you control what goes into it! As for those folks who need gluten free bread, the instruction manual states this recipe can be made on the basic white cycle. Now you can feel good about what you are feeding your loved ones.
Style and Specifications
The Morphy Richards Fastbake 48280 breadmaker is compact in size, has an LCD display and comes in white (some users reported that it also came in mushroom as well). It has a viewing porthole so you can check the progress on your baking cycle. It has cooltouch sides for safety, especially handy if you have small children in the home. It comes with a measuring cup and spoon, and as with most other breadmakers, bakers are encouraged to weigh out the other ingredients for precision measurements.
While neither Amazon nor the Morphy Richards website indicated the breadmaker’s dimensions, one reviewer was kind enough to measure the machine and submit an answer to an online question so other users can determine if it is a good fit in their kitchen.
Dimensions are as follows (please remember these are approximate):
|Height||292-296 mm (accounts for the lip on the front of the lip according to the reviewer)|
It also comes with a fabulous instruction manual chock full of delicious recipes, troubleshooting tips, and even a conversion chart so you can be sure to bake the perfect loaf! Another perk to this bread maker is that you can purchase replacement parts and spares from the Morphy Richards website. It includes a 2 year guarantee, and the manufacturer advises stapling the receipt to the instruction manual just in case you might need it (which of course you won’t, unless you toss it).
The Morphy Richards 48280 Fastbake Cooltouch Breadmaker is an exceptional buy, especially for those cooks needing to count their beans. It has all the basic features and a few extras like cool touch sides, two fast bake cycles, and an extra bake option in case you want to increase the baking time on some settings (such as jam and marmalade to ensure it sets up properly). It will also bake gluten free bread for those folks with special dietary needs. Its compact size makes it perfect for small kitchens. After all, not all of us have a custom chef’s kitchen in which to store it!
The only feature this model does not seem to have is a separate raisin and nut dispenser, but it’s really not much trouble to add them manually. If you absolutely have to have one of these dispensers, be prepared to pony up because they seem to add a tidy little sum to the price. Another point to mention is that there is no dedicated Gluten Free setting on this model which is a bit of a let down as the suggested solution is to use the basic mix mode which isn’t set to specifically mix the dough the way that Gluten free needs to be mixed.
If you’re looking for a good bread maker, this one ticks nearly all the boxes. Get one for yourself – then you can say good bye to all those last minute trips to the shop to purchase overpriced bread packed full of preservatives. That’s what I call smart shopping!