Just made 1st loaf with this. I periodically peered in as it chugged along, and was a bit worried that I might have done something wrong as I am congenitally unable to follow recipes. But just tried the finished product, and man, but man, is it good. The only problem is that I was planning to have toast for tomorrow's breakfast and a sandwich for lunch, but I've just eaten two thirds of the loaf. Looks like I'll be making a loaf every day. For info, I used the Carr's flour from Lakeland. So glad to move away from supermarket bread, which I've realised makes me feel 'ble'.
Published 16 10 2014
Lakeland Compact Breadmaker”
I have no experience of bread making; I live alone and thought this one was worth a try. I have now made my fifth loaf (wholewheat recipe) and am delighted with the result. Attempts 1 to 4 were less than successful but apart from No 1 (which was useless - my fault) They have been very palatable. This latest one has risen perfectly, slices easily, tastes delicious and I wish I could send you a photo of it ! I have recommended the breadmaker to a friend and he has also sent for one.
Published 06 10 2014
PERFECT FOR COUPLES”
I first saw this compact machine at my Mother's and decided to replace our big machine with this as there are only two of us now. So far, I am very impressed. The basic white loaf is excellent and if you add half a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix, followed by quarter of a cup of raisins at the bleep, you get a good tea cake like loaf. The only negative is the poor selection of recipes in the instruction book. I did ask Lakeland about the recipe book which they sell but they advised me that it did not contain recipes for small loaves. Please, Lakeland, start selling a book for this machine.
Published 04 09 2014
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Lakeland Compact Bread Maker”
I live in a flat and do not have a lot of room. The Compact Bread Maker is absolutely brilliant. It takes up so little space and it is very exciting smelling the bread cooking and taking it out of the tin when it's ready.
Published 26 08 2014
This breadmaker is simply brilliant. We have had it for over a year now and are entirely delighted with it. We have made loaves on most of the settings (including the pizza dough), but we mostly make the wholemeal loaf and always get good resuts. It makes a decent sized loaf, which is perfect for couples or small families. It really is compact, taking up very little space on the worktop and the lid can be lifted under our wall units. We think it is as good as the Panasonic, which is known to be a market leader. We cannot recommend highly enough. Buy one!
Published 22 08 2014
Another amazing product from Lakeland”
by Mrs Grantham
I purchased this product three months later and I have been since enjoying the perfect loaves without the hassle of kneading and keeping the room warm or getting the temperature right in the oven etc. This wonderful gadget does all of that for me. To those who have previsouly commented that they had problems with the bread sticking to the bottom of the pan I would advise you stick to the recipes in the book and wait for the loaf to cool down for at least 20mins.
Published 18 07 2014
Brilliant! Received for my birthday (was dreaming of it since a long time!) and very happy. The size is very compact, and user manual extremely clear. I tried the French program and the ultra fast which both are very good. The only problem I have is the measuring cup: numbers are translucent and it is very difficult to read them once there is flour in it. But apart this little thing, I am a very pleased customer!
Published 15 07 2014
Tip to easily remove your bread!”
by James Abel Smith
Like some other reviews my wife and I struggled to extract our freshly baked bread! After a little thought it became clear that it is the kneading paddle which is firmly embedded in the bread and reluctant to disengage from the drive shaft. I made a small plastic tool to engage with the underside of the drive shaft. Cut out a slot in a 22 / 25mm PVC pipe and this will do the trick. After removing the pan simply use the tool to slightly turn the shaft left and right to free the paddle. Hope this helps - a rigorous pan shake should now release your bread! Very happy with this machine.
Published 07 07 2014
Good replacement for my old machine but....”
I have already emailed customer services but not had a reply so I feel I must include the reason in a review. The machine is very good and produces an excellent loaf but it's a shame that the recipes include far too much salt. My first loaf was the wholemeal recipe with sunflower seeds added and it was inedible after I spread butter on it so I ended up using it without butter to reduce the total salt. The second time I made this I halved the salt and used only three quarters of a teaspoon. The bread rose well and was a good texture.
Published 04 07 2014
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Spare parts are available”
We bought this bread maker over a year ago and even though we only use the basic recipe it has been brilliant. I damaged the pan by being over enthusiastic at getting the loaf out and my other half put the paddle in a 'safe place', you know, where you can never find it! One phone call to the luvverly Lakeland people and we got a new pan and paddle. I've never found a company such a pleasure to deal with. Thank you Lakeland people, take next Friday off* *The customer is always right ;-)
Published 09 06 2014
Does what it says on the tin”
by Mrs Frances Aubrey
Another stunning Lakeland product. With only two of us to feed now, a smaller loaf is called for and, combined with the Lauke multigrain, soy and linseed, produces the perfect loaf every time. I do find the finished loaf very difficult to get out of the pan, but when it does come out, it does so cleanly and without the paddle. I think I'll try not greasing the paddle, as suggested, as I think it may be easier to get the paddle out of the bread! However, that doesn't detract from a superb job. once again, a very satisfied customer.
Published 03 06 2014
GREAT LITTLE BREADMAKER”
This breadmaker produces lovely loaves that just the right size for me, plus the machine takes up very little room. The measuring cup is a let down as the measurements on it are too difficult to read. I wouldn't recommend using packet mixes with this as they are designed for larger machines, so you would have to measure out half of the mix before using it. That's all very well, however you can''t be guaranteed of the right amount of yeast on the half packet you're using. I tried this, and the loaves didn't rise. Lesson learned, stick to adding ingredients manually.
Published 14 05 2014
by Miss Davies
Extremely pleased with my new bread maker. It is nice and compact for my extremely small kitchen. Never made bread before and I am very pleased with my first loaf. Not a large loaf but ideal for someone living alone.
Published 07 05 2014
Compact Bread Machine”
I bought this wonderful little machine a couple of months ago and since then we have not eaten any shop bought bread. Tasty bread with lovely texture. One possible improvement - a power light to show that the machine is on, which could flash when the alarm sounds when the bread is ready - a minor thing but useful. Also the manual states that all the equipment is top basket dishwasher safe. At first I washed the pan by hand but once put it in the dishwasher. Unfortunately the outside of the pan discoloured badly. No real detriment but it looks bad. It us used almost daily. Great product.
Published 06 05 2014
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fab, fab, fab”
by Susan Poole
It took me sometime to replace an old bread machine, but I am very pleased with my new purchase. I have made 3 loaves since it arrived and I have loved them all. I would recommend this to anyone
Published 01 05 2014
I'm glad I persevered!”
by Mrs Keeble
This is a really good little bread maker. Our first attempts were much too dark and crusty on the lightest setting, very hard if left to keep warm. Lakeland were very helpful, sent another one for comparison, the result s were identical. Then I started experimenting with amount of water and sugar and found that with 210ml water, a scant tbsp of sugar and more yeast I turn out the perfect loaf for us every time. I will experiment with other recipes now. I agree with comments about the measuring jug. It fits nicely on the worktop and we are thinking of taking it with us in our motorhome.
Published 23 04 2014
Our lunchtime treat!”
I was nervous buying my first bread machine, but I need not have worried. With little storage space available and four adults to feed, I wondered if the loaf produced would be too small to justify the space taken in my cupboard. Not so. One loaf makes four rounds of sandwiches (including crusts), or four chunky pieces of bread to go with soup, and some left over for toast. The paddle stays in the bread for me. Hooking it out isn't an issue. I use a nylon spatula to slide around the tin to help release. I have made bread by hand, but I find this much more convenient. The bread is delicious.
Published 10 04 2014
A wonderful little machine”
Absolutely perfect for my needs (two people). The bread is delicious and it stays fresh too, even though there are no preserving agents in the recipe. One caveat and one hint: Be aware that if you press the wrong button, there's no going back and you have to let the machine run its course. Not even switching it right off will re-set it. A useful hint: I've discovered that using sunflower or rapeseed oil is much better than the olive oil suggested in the recipe book - the bread a little lighter and comes out with a much better taste.
Published 09 04 2014
Compact Bread Maker”
I have always wanted to make bread but never quite got round to it for time reasons. I love the ultra fast programme and am delighted the machine is a doddle to clean. One gripe - the measuring cup is a let down as it is SO HARD to read the divisions. Lakeland could you not sort this out with your supplier please? A bright contrasting colour and with marker graduations would make the whole package perfect...if you do please let me know I'd willingly trade mine in. Otherwise 10 out of 10 for an excellent compact machine. Anne.
Published 09 04 2014
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A fantastic machine”
by Mrs Johnston
I am absolutely delighted with this wonderful bread maker. Made most of the recipes and several from another bread machine book. All came out well shaped and excellent tasting. Haven't got it out paddle free yet, but the hook works well without much destruction to the loaf. An excellent buy for an 81 year old neighbour and family are delighted with all the tastings.
Published 26 03 2014