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Morphy ‘Innovators’ Review – Maison Cupcake, Morphy Richards Premium Breadmaker

By Chris Bennett | 17/07/2012 | Posted in Product Reviews, Breadmakers

Over the last three or four months, the lovely Sarah from Maison Cupcake has been trying out the Morphy Richards Premium Plus Breadmaker. Sarah didn’t have much success with the machine at first, but after a while she tinkered with one or two of the recipes and she now loves it. Check out the review below (you can visit the original post here).

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Win a Morphy Richards Breadmaker!

By Chris Bennett | 06/07/2012 | Posted in Breadmakers

As the sun is still shining and everyone at ‘Home of the House Proud’ is in a celebratory mood (like the rest of the country), we’re feeling generous and have one of our breadmakers to giveaway. For your chance to win the breadmaker, simply follow our @LoveYourMorphy Twitter feed and watch out for instructions.

The competition will be run via a ‘Re-Tweet to Win’ mechanic and we’ll announce a winner after 5pm tomorrow evening (Thursday 28th April). Here’s the breadmaker that you could get your hands on – a Morphy Richards Fastbake Breadmaker worth £99.99:

Product Specification:

  • 3 loaf sizes
  • Fastbake setting
  • Choice of 12 settings
  • 13 hour programmable timer
  • 3 crust settings
  • Large viewing window
  • Cool touch sides
  • Includes measuring cup & spoon
  • Recipe/instruction book
  • 600 watt

Good Luck Everyone!

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The English Kitchen Rises to the Challenge

By Chris Bennett | 20/06/2012 | Posted in Breadmakers, Kitchen, Product Reviews

We are very proud of our latest range of breadmakers here at Morphy Richards. We invest a lot of time and effort into innovation and development to ensure that they live up to the high standards that our customers expect and deserve.

We are so confident about the standard of the bread/dough that our latest range produces that we recently made contact with Marie Rayner, who maintains her own food blog ‘The English Kitchen’ to trial one of the products for us.  Marie ‘road tested’ the Premium Breadmaker, which includes a fruit and nut dispenser. Read her thoughts and opinions below:

Almond Crescents, Whole Wheat Bread and a Darned Good Breadmaker!

I was thrilled several weeks ago when I was contacted by Caroline via e-mail, and asked would I like to try out a Morphy Richards Breadmaker.

As I have stated on here before, I am hopeless at making bread. I just don’t have the knack. My ex husband was a fabulous bread maker. He had the touch and it came out fabulous each and every time. He used to make our kitchen table practically dance across the kitchen floor and his loaves always came out nice and tall and fluffily good.

Me . . . I produce good doorstops . . . seriously.

I was so excited on Friday when there was a knock on the door and I saw the delivery man standing there with a box for me. I could hardly wait to tear it open. I was over the moon when I saw inside not just any breadmaker but the Morphy Richard’s Premium Breadmaker!!


I noticed right off the bat that it was quite attractive to look at, very sleek. It is also not overly heavy, which is a big plus for me as my arthritic wrists just can’t handle heavy things that well these days.HERE if you like.

There is a lovely viewing window on the top, so that you can peek in and see what is going on without having to lift the lid. This is a fabulous feature from where I am concerned. (I am a peeker!) And to make it even better, there is also an inside light!!! So you can light it up inside to see even better when you are peeking through the window!

It has an automatic raisin/nut dispenser, so , once again, you don’t have to keep an eye on it and open it up at the right time to add these things allowing cold air to get inside.

With 17 programs, 3 loaf sizes, 5 crust settings, a viewing window, interior light, 12 hour delay timer and LCD display there is not much that this breadmaker doesn’t have! I was most impressed.

I put it to the test this morning, once our company had left to go back to Essex.

I decided to first use it on the dough cycle to see how it worked out there. The instructions with the machine were very easy to follow . . . as simple as one, two, three . . . and in less than 2 hours I had my dough ready to shape into the rolls I was making. It was effortless and so easy, and I think you’ll agree these rolls turned out fabulous!


*Almond Butter Crescents*
Makes 8 (For bread machine) Printable Recipe

Delicious almond crescent rolls made using the dough cycle of your bread machine. Easy!

4 ounces milk (1/2 cup)
4 TBS softened butter
1 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
2 free range eggs
5 ounces sugar (1/3 cup)
1/2 tsp salt
13 to 15 ounces of strong flour (3 to 3 1/4 cups)
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Filling:
2 TBS butter, melted
1 tsp pure almond extract
a handful of toasted flaked almonds

Glaze:
1 egg, beaten with 1 TBS water

Place the ingredients into your bread machine according to your machine directions. Prepare on the dough cycle as per your machine instructions.

At the end of the dough cycle, remove the dough from the machine. Roll out into a large circle on a lightly floured surface. Whisk the melted butter and almond extract for the filling together. Brush over the dough. Cover with the flaked almonds. Cut into 8 wedges. (I use my pizza cutter) Roll each piece from wide end to tip of triangle so that it forms a crescent. Dust a baking sheet with some fine polenta or cornmeal. Place each crescent on the baking sheet, leaving space between. Whisk together the glaze ingredients and brush the rolls with it. Cover and allow to rise for about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden.

Next I decided to bake my favourite whole wheat loaf in it. Once again, the instructions were very easy to follow and in approximately 3 1/2 hours I had a lovely loaf of Whole Wheat bread cooling, just in time to have with our supper. I think, once again, you’ll agree that it turned out fabulous!!

*Whole Wheat Bread*
Directions for one medium loaf Printable Recipe

6 ounces water
3 TBS softened butter
1 free range egg
2 TBS sugar
1 tsp salt
8 1/.2 ounces white bread flour (2 cups)
4 1/4 ounces whole wheat flour (1 cup)
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Place ingredients into bread machine and bake as per machine instructions.

Variations: Add 1 1/2 tsp of seeds such as caraway, anise, dill, fennel, flax or sesame. It will be just enough to give a little extra flavour, but not enough to overpower.

I have had a Panasonic breadmaker for about 7 years now and I was excited to be able to ccompare the two and I have to say with all honesty that the Morphy Richard’s Premium Breadmaker equals the panasonic in terms of its output, but has the added advantage of a fast bake program, using oil instead of butter.

Easy to use, easy to clean and easy to store. The baked bread slides out lickety split once baked and also cuts nicely. I highly recommend this breadmaker!

Thanks so much Caroline for affording me the opportunity to try this machine out, and thanks to Morphy Richard’s for sending it to me.

In short, this machine was a joy to use and I can tell that it and I are definitely going to be bosom buddies!

I think the next thing I will make in it will be pizza dough . . . mmm . . . love, LOVE Pizza!!

Here’s a link to the original post on The English Kitchen.

If you’re a blogger and would like to trial one of our breadmakers (or any of our other products), give us a shout, either as a comment or by using the contact form.

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Storing Bread – Are you doing it right?

By Chris Bennett | 20/06/2012 | Posted in Kitchen, Breadmakers

You don’t need us to tell you that bread is delicious when fresh; but, bread only stays fresh if it is stored in the correct manner. There are a whole host of different things that you can do to keep it fresh and make it last for longer without it drying out or developing mould.

Shop bought bread often contains additives and preservatives to extend its shelf life, however, bread made at home doesn’t contain these additives (unless you add them yourself), therefore making correct storage even more imperative:

  • Bread should always be stored at room temperature
  • Fresh bread should be kept in a sealed packet or air tight container at all times. Mold spores are always in the air, especially in a warm, moist environment
  • Freshly baked bread should be sliced as needed, this will help the loaf to retain its freshness and prevent it from going stale as quickly
  • Staling can be temporarily reversed and the bread can still be enjoyed by heating it in the oven or by toasting it. Crusty bread, rolls and buns which have become a little stale can be freshened by wrapping them in foil and placing them in a pre-heated oven at 450°F (250°C )for  5-10 minutes. The bread should be eaten straight from the oven (when cooled) as it will return to its stale state fairly quickly
  • To make crusty bread crusty again, it should be placed uncovered in a hot oven for 5 minutes
    Bread should not be stored in a fridge, this makes it go stale up to three times quicker than it would if it was stored at room temperature
  • Bread is ideal for freezing and can be stored for up to three months. When removed from the freezer, the bread should be allowed to thaw at room temperature or can be defrosted on a low heat in the oven

Some of the information in this blog post has been obtained and adapted from the Federation of Bakers. If you’ve got any tips on keeping bread fresh for longer, we’d love to hear from you!

 

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Noodle, Midlands

By Chris Bennett | 19/06/2012 | Posted in Breadmakers, Product Reviews

Everyday Breadmaker

Pros: Clear instructions, Cooks bread evenly, Easy to clean, Easy to use, Modern, Perfect bread everytime, Ready to go in 2 mins
Cons: Large in size
Best Uses: Quick setup

I use this breadmaker all the time the quick set-up gets you cooking in 2 ticks. The bread comes out just the way you programmed it too, can’t say enough good things about this breadmaker.
The over all size is a bit bigger than a normal breadmaker but its worth it for the quality of the bread.

 

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Tim Morel, Berkshire

By Chris Bennett | 19/06/2012 | Posted in Breadmakers, Product Reviews

Everyday Breadmaker

Pros: Ease of use, Fast Bake
Cons: Viewing window
Best Uses: Making bread

This is an good piece of kit. I have owned several other breadmakers and this one equals the panasonic in terms of its output it has one good advantage the fast bake using oil instead of butter.

The unit is easy to use, clean and store. The fast bake bread is excellent and is very easy, the kids love making this one as it is not too long before the house if full of the smell of their bread!
The viewing window is a little pointless as for me it often steams up
The inclusion of a timer is also useful when planning to wake to a nice warm loaf

All in all, a great bread-maker

 

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Sam’s Mum, Nottingham

By Chris Bennett | 19/06/2012 | Posted in Breadmakers, Product Reviews

Everyday Breadmaker

Pros: Consistently good bread, Easy to use, Foolproof, SLEEK DESIGN
Cons: Takes up worktop space
Best Uses: Fresh bread in 3 hours, Great for dinner guests, Speciality breads a treat

I like the fact that it produces consistently good bread in a few hours. It makes anything from basic bread to speciality breads depending on whether the bread is for everyday use or special occasions. No negatives except that it takes up alot of my worktop space but I use it so much that I don’t put it in a cupboard!

 

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Veba, Staffordshire

By Chris Bennett | 19/06/2012 | Posted in Breadmakers, Product Reviews

Everyday Breadmaker

An excellent product, bakes gorgeous bread everytime, very easy to follow intructions and some delicious recipes included. The smell of baking bread is divine and will fill your whole house! Extremely easy to clean and the bread just slides out when baked, slices easily and keeps beautiful for a couple of days. Use mine all the time!

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Henny Girl, Suffolk

By Chris Bennett | 19/06/2012 | Posted in Breadmakers, Product Reviews

Premium Plus Breadmaker

Pros: Consistently good results, Ease of use, Easy to clean, Good program selection
Cons: Rice pudding not good
Best Uses: Timer setting

Use the breadmaker daily and more than happy with its overall all round performance. The selection of programs and versatility of uses make it a a well used item in my kitchen. The rice pudding recipe was not worth the effort but that is about all I can fault it for.

 

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Premium Breadmaker

By Chris Bennett | 19/06/2012 | Posted in Breadmakers, Product Reviews

Premium Breadmaker

Ergonomically designed breadmaker with easy-view front angled display.

Features:

  • Bakes 1lb, 1.5lb and 2lb loaves
  • 17 different programmes
  • 5 crust settings
  • 1 hour 10 minutes fast bake time (1.5lb loaf)
  • Makes basic, wholewheat, gluten free, sandwich, French and sweet bread among others. Can also make pizza dough, cake/dessert mix and jam
  • Add ingredients signal
  • Timer start delay 12 hours
  • Keep warm function
  • Viewing window
  • Cool touch
  • Cord storage
  • Includes 3 x spoons, 2 x measuring cups and a fruit/nut dispenser

To read more in-depth information about the product and to purchase the Premium Breadmaker, click here

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Stainless Steel Breadmaker

By Chris Bennett | 19/06/2012 | Posted in Product Reviews, Breadmakers

Morphy Richards 48319 Breadmaker 

Stainless Steel, ergonomically designed breadmaker with easy-view front angled display. Includes unique collapsible kneading blade for perfect shaped loaves.

Features:

  • Features internal light, digital display and timer start delay
  • 9 programmes
  • 5 crust settings
  • 70 mins fast bake time
  • Programmes include: basic, wholewheat, sweet, sandwich, French, dough, jam, gluten free, speciality, pizza dough, pasta, cake, dessert
  • Add ingredients signal
  • Automatic ingredients dispenser
  • Keep warm function
  • Viewing window
  • Cool touch
  • Cord storage

To read more in-depth information about the product and to purchase the Stainless Steel Breadmaker, click here

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