30 Dec 2014

Carrot and Leek Soup - Recipe

Carrot and Leek Soup
After all the eating over Christmas a bowl of freshly made soup is perfect.  I made mine in the soup maker I was kindly sent for review a few weeks ago.

Lets be honest some gadgets we purchase aren't going to get used as much as we would like but hubby and I love this soup maker.  From thinking about making soup to serving up takes all of 30 minutes and my new kitchen toy is definitely one of the best gadgets I have in my kitchen.

Hubby needs to lose some weight, I don't believe in diets, and making bowls of warm, comforting soup will be a great way to eat loads of veg, it will be filling and low in calories too.

I love this soup and if you are fed up with the usual Carrot and Coriander then why not give this recipe a try.

Conventional Recipe but can be made in a soup maker
450g leeks
450g carrots
1 medium onion
25g vegetable oil
1.5 litres stock
Seasoning

Clean and wash the leeks, chop, place them into a colander and wash under running  Peel the carrots and cut them into smallish pieces, chop the onion.

Add the oil to a large saucepan, add the vegetables. Stir, cover and ‘sweat’ them for 10 minutes on a low heat, shake the pan from time to time.

Pour in the stock, add seasoning, bring to a simmer, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes until the carrot is tender.  Liquidise the soup.

Any leftover soup can be frozen either in zip lock bags or by filling the holes in a silicone muffin tray with soup, freezing and then removing the muffin size portions of soup, as a rule of thumb a couple of these make one serving.  If you have an induction hob it's easy to defrost the portions in a pan on a low heat or defrost in the microwave.

Frozen portions of soup

More recipes:
Spicy Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
Mushroom Soup
Cauliflower Cheese Soup

24 Dec 2014

Seeded Bread with Melting Camembert - Breadmaker Recipe


I've absolutely no idea why I decided to line my Camembert Baker with baking paper, it seemed like a good idea at the time.  Afterwards I realised it was a rubbish idea.....I couldn't take a decent photograph of the bread because of the paper and we had  to fight to get the Camembert off the baking parchment because the molten cheese had glued itself well and truly on.

The baker serves two purposes, it helps to keep the risen dough in shape and when the bread is nearly baked the cheese can be placed in the baker to cook into a molten lava.

The dough was made in my new and amazing Panasonic SD-ZB2502 breadmaker and it's all so easy to do.......this recipe however isn't from the book supplied with the machine but from my previous Panasonic breadmaker recipe book.

Breadmaker Recipe
500g strong white bread flour (I used Carr's)
1tsp fast action dried yeast
1½ tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
25g butter
2tbsp milk powder
300ml water
To decorate:
1 egg beaten
4 tsp mixed seeds
Box Camembert
White Vermouth

1. Add the ingredients to the bread pan in the order recommended for your bread machine. Set to dough.
2. When dough is ready remove from the bread machine.  Divide the dough into three equal pieces and roll each piece into a sausage shape 60cm long.  Press the three rolls together at the end and plait the dough together.
3. Grease a large baking tray and place the Camembert baker into the centre of the tray, grease the outside of the baker.  Wrap the plait around the outside of the baker and join the ends up to make a continuous plait.
4. Cover with oiled baking parchment and prove for 20 minutes.
5. Preheat the oven to 180oC Fan.
6. Brush the dough with beaten egg and sprinkle the seeds over, bake for 25 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven, place the cheese in the baker, cut a cross in the middle of the cheese and pour over the Vermouth.  Return the bread to the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.


Back soon!



17 Dec 2014

Mini Gingerbread Cupcakes - Recipe


For some unknown reason I've got a mountain of gold mini cupcake cases, this recipe uses 18 cases and I've still got a whole heap left. These cute sticky gingerbread mini bakes are easy to make and a favourite of ours.  They keep for a few days and get stickier by the day but I doubt they'll last that long.

4 tbsp apple and ginger juice (I used Cawston Press) or ginger ale
90g dark muscovado sugar
⅛ tsp bicarbonate of soda
70g self-raising flour
1 level tsp ground ginger
1 medium egg
3 tbsp vegetable oil
White icing to decorate

You will need: 18 mini muffin cases - two mini muffin cake tins

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C fan.
2. Place the apple and ginger juice and the muscovado sugar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Take a wooden spoon and break down any lumps of sugar. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
3. Sift the flour and ginger into a bowl. Whisk the egg and oil together in another bowl, then slowly add this to the flour, whilst stirring continuously. Add the apple and ginger juice or ginger ale to the mixture in two goes whilst gently mixing it in.
4. Three-quarters fill each muffin case and bake for about 15 minutes until risen and firm. Remove from the tins and leave to cool.
5. Decorate with white icing.

One year ago:
                          Individual Raspberry Trifles
                          Last Minute Christmas Puddings
                          Meringue Topped Mince Pies
                          Mini Stollen

14 Dec 2014

Baileys Chocolate Truffles - Christmas Recipe

Now look what's happened, I've forgotten my words and everything!
I love Christmas bling and edible gold leaf is a must at this time of the year, just take a deep breath and forget how ridiculously expensive it is. It's a pain to use and sticks to everything except what you want it to stick to. My truffles are so delicious and melt in the mouth that they are worthy of a little adornment.

The recipe is Baileys, coffee, chocolate, butter and cream - yum, yum yum!  Easy to make and far nicer than most truffles you can buy.

Makes: 12
300g plain chocolate
2 tbsp whipping cream
1 tbsp cold strong fresh espresso coffee
2 tbsp Baileys
55g softened salted butter
To decorate:
edible gold leaf
sifted cocoa powder
sifted icing sugar

You will need:  12 sweet cases, baking trays and clingfilm!

Method:
1. Add 100g of the chocolate and the cream to a bowl set over a saucepan of warm water.  Leave until melted.  Remove the bowl from the pan and add the espresso, Baileys and butter, whisk together until smooth and thickened. Cool, cover with clingfilm and chill until firm.
2. Line a baking tray with cling film. Remove the mixture from the fridge and when the mixture becomes pliable roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls using the palms of your hands. Place the truffles onto the tray.  Cover with more clingfilm and place in the freezer.
3. Remove the tray from the freezer.
4. Take a fresh tray and cover with clingfilm. Melt the remaining 200g of dark chocolate. Dip the truffles into the chocolate to coat. Place on the tray. When the chocolate is set place a tiny piece of gold leaf on top of the truffle to decorate.  Roll the remaining truffles in either the cocoa or icing sugar.

11 Dec 2014

Judge Cookware Non-Stick Roast Tin & V Rack - Review

Is there anything more glorious than a roast chicken?  
My chicken was a purchase from a very popular butchers in a small market town in Shropshire. People queue down the street in all weathers waiting their turn to be served.  We all love a roast dinner but I've yet to meet anyone who loves cleaning up the roasting pan afterwards.

We're on the countdown to Christmas Day, cooking the traditional turkey and making sure we have a sturdy roasting tin. This Judge Cookware non-stick roasting tin is perfect, it oozes quality, cooks evenly and looks great in the kitchen too. The rack is elevated from the roasting tin and allows air circulation for a crispier skin whilst the fat drains away into the pan below.

Using the rack made a huge difference to the chicken it was succulent and moist with a fabulous crispy skin.  A turkey or chicken can be cooked upside down on the rack to ensure the breast meat doesn't overcook and dry out.  Half way through the cooking time turn the turkey the right way up.

Tried and Tested:
Can be placed in the dishwasher but it's so easy to clean by hand I found it's not worth taking up valuable dishwasher space.
Not suitable for hob use.
The 'V' rack is non-stick but to make even easier cleaning, simply spray the rack with oil.
The tin doesn't warp or buckle


Suitable for ovens to temperatures of 240°C

Judge TC192 Non-Stick Roast Tin & V Rack

Measures: 35cm x 27cm x 7cm


Price: £37.98

Disclaimer: The product was sent to me for review purposes,all thoughts are my own.



8 Dec 2014

Luxury Christmas Gift Guide 2014



This excellent Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve Non Vintage is the perfect aperitif for Christmas. Pol Roger founded his renowned Champagne house in Epernay in 1849, The signature champagne of the House, Brut Reserve is an equal blend of three Champenoi grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.

Available from www.amazon.co.uk
Currently priced at £36.95 subject to terms and conditions

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A great way to start the festivities - Sirius Bordeaux 2011 

The Sichel family have been making Bordeaux wines since 1883. Sirius was created by the winemaker Peter Sichel.  In Sirius Red the emphasis is on the aromas of the three Bordeaux grape varieties Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The modern label reflects the style of this modern Bordeaux, which is named after the Dog Star, Sirius, the brightest star in the solar system.

Available from www.amazon.co.uk
Currently priced at £28.47 Case of 3 - Subject to terms and conditions

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These adorable reindeer from Lindt are a wonderful way to enjoy a small luxury chocolate treat on Christmas Day, to share, or to pass round to your guests as an after dinner treat. There are an
amazing 67 reindeer in the drum!  Adults and children alike will love these.

Smooth milk chocolate reindeer's wrapped in gold foil from master chocolatier's Lindt.



Available from www.amazon.co.uk
Currently priced at £36.85 for a 670g drum - subject to terms and conditions

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Wines for Foodies from Australia's number one wine brand Hardys established in 1853 - Notes and Images Courtesy of Hardy's Wines
South Australian Chardonnay from William Hardy is the perfect wine to accompany a Christmas Day feast. This wine exhibits lemon zest and white peach flavours complemented by subtle, spicy oak to give a well-balanced white wine with a creamy texture.
Available from Asda, Tesco, Ocado £9.99

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To enjoy after a lavish Christmas dinner - well it would be rude not to!
William Hardy South Australian Shiraz that embodies festive flavours of rich plum, mulberry fruits, dark chocolate, vanilla and spice, with a soft, rounded palate and a long, savoury finish.
Available from Asda, Tesco, Ocado £9.99


Disclaimer:  Thank you to all the brands for the wonderful samples.

6 Dec 2014

Christmas Panettone Pudding - Recipe


Panettone pudding isn't just for Christmas, it's so delicious and luxurious given the chance I would eat it all year. So here we have a luxurious but quick and easy pudding.
Cut two slices of panettone
Break into cubes
Pour over a mixture of sugar, eggs and double cream
Serves: 4
You will need:  300ml double cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 large slices of panettone cut into cubes.

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter an ovenproof dish.
2. Whisk the eggs, single cream, milk, vanilla extract and sugar.
3. Add the cubes of panettone into a large dish and pour over the egg mixture. Leave to stand for 30 minutes.
4. Place the dish into a large roasting pan, fill half way with hot water. Bake for 30 minutes or until softly set.
5. Dust the panettone with icing sugar.

4 Dec 2014

Sponsored Video - Heinz Chilli Sauces



You work long hours, its gloomy outside and you've come home from work to be greeted by a few pieces of uninspiring chicken in the fridge. What can you do to spice things up a bit and perhaps your own life too while you’re at it :)

Well put down your oven gloves and look no further than the video to see how to add more zing to that chicken than you’d even dare to imagine.

From the video it looks like Heinz has gone all exotic on us! So cast away your HP Sauce and whilst you’re there, turn a blind eye to the Ketchup, and indulge yourself in the latest cult sauces from Heinz which will solve any dinner time dilemma.

Heinz has revealed some fabulous sauces for the taking. Whether you want to marinate, dip as you go, or just do a quick glaze on a piece of chicken under the grill, Heinz have found an imaginative way to help spice up even the most everyday meal, so you get more bang from your buck at home.

You love Sweet Chilli – you got it! How about packing a real punch on the side with a Jerk BBQ sauce - yep, you've got it! Or how about a super zingy Peri Peri Hot Pepper Sauce – well it’s all yours for the taking!

We’ve got our Heinz sauces in and started experimenting with them, so let us know how you get on with your own culinary adventures.

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Heinz, all thoughts are our own.

1 Dec 2014

What to Bake & How to Bake it by Jane Hornby - Review


I think we either embrace baking or we feel the fear. Sometimes the thoughts of perfection are enough to make us buy a cake, slap on some bought butter cream, scatter over a few sprinkles and say it's our own.

Unfortunately, many people haven't had the opportunity of attending cookery classes whilst at school and have missed learning valuable baking skills, a bit of science thrown in (for those of us who took time to listen) and lots of fun whilst learning to bake.

This wonderful book, just look at that beautiful book cover, will make the perfect Christmas present. It is written by experienced food writer Jane Hornby for the would-be baker and those of us who appreciate dipping into the expert knowledge of a baking expert. There is a guiding hand at each and every recipe, all of the photographs are taken looking down onto the ingredients and progress of each dish, as if you are attending a cookery demonstration. The recipes and photographs are step-by-step which helps to give us the confidence to achieve the finished dish.

With Christmas not far away I made the Cranberry Stollen recipe, and with hubby declaring it the best stollen he has ever eaten, and I've made a fair few in the past, this recipe is the benchmark for all the other glorious offerings in the book.

Cranberry Stollen
The introduction to the book is invaluable and it covers everything from equipment to how to master making a cake and if you, like me, have a tendency to skip this part and move straight onto the recipes, try to make this your bedtime reading, you'll find you go back to the introduction time and again for help and advice.

Chocolate Hazelnut Log filled and coated with luscious Nutella cream
Bread making, cake making, pastry, baked cheesecakes, cookies and muffins to include a few, with sections covering Simple Family Baking, Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea, Special Bakes, Desserts & After Dinner.  Recipes for everyone including a Golden Citrus Drizzle Cake, Pancakes, Birthday Cake, Jaffa Marble Cake, Easy Baked Doughnuts, Chocolate Hazelnut Log to Salted Caramel Shortbread Bites, all of the finished dishes look as amazing as they sound.

The author:  Jane Hornby worked as a Cookery Writer and Food Editor on BBC GoodFood Magazine, and is the monthly columnist for the magazine.
The publisher: Phaidon Press
Illustrations: 520 colour photographs
Price: £20.00 from the Phaidon Store

Disclaimer:  I was sent a review copy of the book, all thoughts are my own

30 Nov 2014

Raspberry and White Chocolate Brioche Pudding - Recipe


I love this pudding, it's easy to make, you don't need to spend loads of time in the kitchen and it's perfect for this time of the year when we are all beginning to feel festive. It's lightweight to eat compared to panettone pudding and I've substituted some of the cream for semi-skimmed milk to cut down on calories.I bought a pack of 8 brioche rolls from the shop that sells everything for a £1, they are really light and perfect for this pudding, I only used four of the rolls and popped the remaining four into the freezer for another day.

White buttons are best or white chocolate chips because the chocolate needs to melt quickly.When I came to make the pudding I found I had ran out of buttons and used chunks of chocolate.


I used frozen raspberries, which have a good amount of tang to them compared with fresh and for some Christmas spirit I marinated the frozen raspberries in brandy for a few minutes!

Serves: 4

You will need:  150ml semi-skimmed milk, 150ml whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 4 brioche rolls sliced horizontally into two, 100g frozen raspberries, 1 tbsp brandy, 25g white chocolate buttons

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.  Butter a dish which is large enough to take four brioche rolls.
2. Whisk the eggs, milk, cream and vanilla extract together.
3. Tip the frozen raspberries into a small bowl and stir in the brandy.
4. Place the cut brioche into the dish and pour the egg mixture over. Sprinkle over the raspberries and chocolate.
5. Place the dish in a roasting pan. Pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the dish. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until just set.
6. Dust with icing sugar.


29 Nov 2014

Hardys Wines Presents an Evening of Grapes and Gastronomy - Event


@PaulFoodie is treated to an evening of Wines and Gastronomy in trendy Lantana Cafe, Shoreditch........

It's quite something to see that London is now celebrating good old Aussie cooking and some of their great wines. I lived in Australia for a year and was amazed at the quality and freshness of the food. There was also a strong food scene in Melbourne - just look at restaurants like the Fat Duck who are doing stints there now! It's inventive, lively and inspired by the fragrant smells and exotic tastes found in neighbouring Asia.

This week, the Australian wine brand Hardy's treated Londoners to an evening of much needed sunshine and laughter at their gastronomy event. Guests were guided through a 6 course sharing menu, each of which was paired with a glass of wine (yes, it was flowing dear reader).


I had the pleasure of sitting with cult Meetup group 'InstagramersLondon'......


We had the tough job of indulging in a sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir (highly recommendable for an aperitif). Then swiftly we moved onto the rather interesting sounding Oomoo Sauvignon Blanc which was served with Thai fishcakes with lime chilli dipping sauce. It's fair to say that many Aussies know that New Zealand is the indisputable don of Sauvignon Blanc but what the Aussies have done here is create a much fruitier wine which was still very drinkable and could cut through the heat of any spicy food. I'd challenge you to give this one a go and let the other readers know what you thought!

One of the most interesting dishes to write about here was the Surf 'n' Turf Onglet (a fairly cheap cut of steak but very flavoursome), baby gem, gochujang (kind of like a red chilli soy sauce I'd say) and mackerel.


We were served an Eileen Hardy Pinot Noir alongside this dish. This is one of those wines that are good for meats and gamey flavours and so is a natural bedfellow, although I did find it a little bit too much on this occasion.

Finally, we ended the night with cheese and Australian chutney and macadamia oat cake with a William Hardy Shiraz. And yes, it really was as good as it sounds!

Now you might not know this, but Hardy's is the UK's number one selling wine brand! I didn't! If you want to find out more, visit www.hardys1853club.com

Disclaimer: All thoughts are the writers own.

27 Nov 2014

finum Look Touch Taste - Salt, Pepper, Spice Grinder - Review

                          The finum spice grinder can be used for salt, peppercorns or spices

I'm the proud owner of quite a few salt and pepper grinders, unfortunately most of them leave a mess, my store cupboard is testimony to this.  Along comes the finum grinder and this problem is sorted.

The clear base is placed onto the body of the grinder to keep the store cupboard clean.......


                                                Pulls apart for either filling or cleaning


                                         Fill with either salt crystals, peppercorns or spices


                       The CrushGrind can be turned and this adjusts the coarseness of the grind


Hold the grinder sideways and the ground pepper collects in the discharge pool, the pepper can be placed directly onto the food which is useful for seasoning small pieces of meat and fish - or hold vertically to grind over food in the usual way.


I had to use the grinder a few times to get to grips with the best way to use it. It's great that it can go from the kitchen to the dining table without making any mess and looks really cool too.


  • finum have scooped the Interior Innovation Award 2014 and Good Design Award
  • They are available in black, white, transparent/black, ruby red and apple green
  • Stockist details: www.ictc.co.uk and www.loosescookshop.co.uk
  • Price RRP £24.95
  • A great Christmas gift idea
Disclaimer:  I was sent the product for review purposes, all thoughts are my own.

20 Nov 2014

Potato Boulangère - Cooked in a Steam Combination Oven


I've made this Jamie Oliver recipe numerous times, it's quick, easy and a healthier option to the usual potato dauphinoise.  Potato Boulangère is simply thinly sliced potatoes, onions and stock layered up in a dish.  I like Delia's recipe too......

When I chose my new kitchen the purchase of a steam combination oven was an indulgence, especially as I had no idea if I was going to be happy with it but now I don't know how I managed without it. The advantage of cooking in this type of oven using the fan/steam mode is food doesn't dry out and also cooks quicker, I cooked this dish in just over 30 minutes at 200°C Fan/Steam.

Steam ovens have to be used with caution, when I first used mine I had one or two nasty burns and I learnt very quickly that my best friend was going to be a set of of double oven gloves that have an extra long cuff, a protective steam layer and don't let the heat through.  I'd recommend C'est Ca because they never let me down.


Adapted Recipe:
750g maincrop potatoes
1 onion, sliced
sage leaves
200ml vegetable stock
Parmesan cheese
butter

Conventional Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Peel and thinly slice the potatoes, add a layer over the base followed by a layer of onions, season. Build up the layers finishing with a layer of potatoes.
3. Pour the stock over the potatoes, season. Grate the Parmesan over the potatoes, top with a few fresh sage leaves. Top with a few pieces of butter. Cook for an hour until golden and the potatoes are cooked through.

The original recipe is on the Jamie Oliver website.

17 Nov 2014

Prezzo, Victoria Place, London: Christmas Menu - Review

Interior showing the open plan kitchen
We visited Prezzo in London's Victoria. It's modern and you can see the chefs at work, service was speedy and prompt.

Noticed anything recently? The TV adverts literally change overnight at this time of year to feature length Christmas campaigns! And no sooner have you seen the John Lewis ad - it's Christmas!

Well I embrace it at this time of year, and as such, I was excited to do a review of the Prezzo sparkly Christmas menu.

Eye catching Prezzo Christmas Menu
Prezzo is very reasonably priced and for under £25 you can get yourself a three course meal and a glass of Prosecco, which isn't too bad at all.

With so much choice it took us ages to choose our meals
The Christmas menu was surprisingly generous. We're not just talking about a couple of options here, and I was beginning to think that I was looking at the wrong menu there's so much choice!

Don't expect a festive turkey here but do expect some Italian classics with a Winter/Christmas twist. I spotted things like walnut pesto pasta, and pea and pancetta soup.

For our starters.........

Mozzarella in Carrozza
I opted for lightly fried mozzarella which was served with a pomodoro sauce, this was very warm and cheesy, whilst my dining companion chose a crispy pasta dish made up of three large pieces of ravioli topped with Parma ham and basil on a tomato sauce. It was enjoyable but looked as though it was drowning in tomato sauce.

Crispy Pasta
For mains......
After taking ages to decide, I went for the dish I thought sounded the most like Christmas - roast duck leg with a red wine jus. It was really tasty and went well with the sauce which had loads of juicy mushrooms and potatoes. My dining partner was less keen on her choice - a risotto with goats cheese, but she later admitted that she should have gone for a meaty option and was jealous of my duck leg.

Roasted Duck Leg
And dessert...
Some real winter offerings here. I had a beautifully served amaretto bread and butter pudding with vanilla ice cream. Well presented with lots of flavour and juicy sultanas - yum!

Amaretto Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding
The second dessert we shared was the chocolate orange slice with popping candy on top. It scored well with us for the dark chocolate and richness, but I couldn't taste the orange enough and the popping candy was a little sorry for itself as it never quite plucked up the courage to pop.

Chocolate Orange Truffle Slice
We chose our meals from the Christmas Premium Menu. All in all, you won't beat this for a good value treat.........

Disclaimer:  We were guests of Prezzo, all thoughts are our own.

14 Nov 2014

Plum Slice is Always Nice!

Amazing Plum Cake with Ice Cream
Last September I was sent an email inviting me to attend the Range Leisure Autumn Feast with Uyen Luu who is a blogger, cookery book writer and supperclub owner.  Sadly I was unable to attend and reluctantly/happily! passed the invitation onto @PaulFoodie who is the London Reporter for our blog.

I've been told on many an occasion that the food, wine, event, the company, including Jeanne of Cook Sister, made a truly memorable evening for all.

I love dessert and whenever I go out for a meal I mostly start by looking at the dessert menu first. I thought I'd replicate the Plum Cake with Ice Cream that Uyen Luu cooked on the evening of the event........
Deliciously tender and buttery
I'd recommend getting the best plums possible because the 'ripen at home' ones from the supermarket tend to go mouldy before they ripen and the fruit needs to be as tasty as possible.

12 Nov 2014

Panasonic Stainless Steel Breadmaker SD-ZB2502XBC - Review


After reading rave reviews I was converted to Panasonic breadmakers many years ago. The majority of bread posts on my blog have either been baked in my bread machine or I've used it to make dough. Until recently I've been using a Panasonic SD-251, it doesn't have a raisin/nut dispenser and I have to walk round the house with a timer clipped onto my belt which lets me know it's time to add the extras to the pan!  This stylish new model is on another level, it really is an all singing all dancing kitchen appliance and is amazingly easy to use.

Let's Get Baking
I made tea cakes........
Toasted tea cakes slathered in butter are a difficult act to follow
Fresh from the oven
The dough is made in the machine and because there is an automatic raisin/nut dispenser it's a joy not having to be on standby waiting for the raisin bleep like I did with my other one. It also has an automatic yeast dispenser which ensures the yeast is added at the correct time.

                       
I place my bread pan directly onto the scales to weigh out the flour.....


Add the flour to the pan, followed by the salt, sugar, butter, milk and place into the machine.


Set Menu 17 Raisin Dough - the display allows you to follow the progress of the dough.


The finished dough......


I made my dough in the evening but didn't have time to shape, prove and cook. It's possible to freeze bread dough successfully, I wrapped it twice in clingwrap and popped it into the freezer.

Place the frozen dough overnight in the fridge to thaw
Cut the dough into 8, shape into the classic tea cake and prove
The machine is supplied with recipes, measuring spoon and cup, kneading blade for rye bread and a kneading blade for the majority of other recipes.

The recipes are fabulous and always work
The unique non-stick bread pan and kneading blade are coated with diamond particles to ensure easy removal.

Tried and Tested
The machine looks very sleek and stylish in the kitchen, user friendly, you can safely leave the machine to mix the dough because it is extremely stable. my dough was faultless, the cooked tea cakes were soft and had a tender crumb.

Bread, Cakes, Jams, Compotes and More

Dimensions H38.2 x W25.6 x D38.9cm
Loaf Size 0.8kg

Different modes:
Speciality Mode: The new Speciality Mode means you are able to use various grains and flours such as Spelt flour which cannot be made into a loaf easily on their own. The Rye Bread Program together with the special mixing blade can create a range of amazing loaves using Rye and Spelt flours.

Yeast and Raisin-Nut Dispensers: This is a feature unique to Panasonic, the Yeast Dispenser drops the yeast automatically at the optimum time during baking which means a perfect loaf of bread every time. The Raisin Nut Dispenser adds additional ingredients to the recipe ensuring you will have the best loaf possible.

Gluten free loaves: There are now a wide range of gluten free bread mixes and flours, this means it is now possible to have the convenience of freshly baked bread that is tailored specific to your taste and needs.

Loaf size and darkness options: Whether it’s a smaller loaf for yourself, or an XL family size loaf, making the perfect loaf couldn’t be simpler. You can choose whether you want light or dark for your loaf by simply selecting the desired browning level.

Jam and Compote mode: The bread maker is a great multi-tasker and not only does it bake, but by 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 in the operating instructions to help you along the way. If you have never made jam before because you are overwhelmed by the quantity of jam and jam jars, you can now make a small amount in the bread machine.

The Panasonic breadmaker is available from online stores, in local John Lewis, Currys, Argos, and Lakeland retail stores, priced at £139.99

Disclaimer:  I have been sent the breadmaker for review purposes, I wasn't asked to write a positive review.