We rated it as an average unit because it does do anything out of the ordinary. It's a clean and simple machine that manages to prepare bread in a common way.
If you like the smell of freshly baked bread, you must know that you can easily get it at home by following some simple steps. The first thing you have to do is purchase a bread maker, and the Morphy Richards 48280 Fastbake seems like a good choice. For £119, this horizontal bread machine can be yours and all you have to do next is carefully follow its recipes to prepare a delicious bread anytime you like. It’s very compact, easy to use, and it can deliver healthy and tasty bread, so you couldn’t ask for more.
This bread maker got some mixed reviews which may be confusing if you are not familiar with these units. Some people state that regardless the recipe and the type of flour they used, the bread didn’t come out soft and firm. Others have been very satisfied with the results, which makes us believe that the performance depends on measuring the ingredients correctly and choosing the right baking cycle. Other than that,it manages to mix the ingredients very well with the one kneading blade it includes. The basic cycle prepares white bread in 3 hours, which is the average time in most bread machines while the shortest cycle has it ready in under 1 hour. If you want the machine to prepare bread at a later time, there is the 13-hour programmable timer feature so you can set it and have it start the kneading and baking at a certain time.
|48280 Fastbake Spec Sheet|
|Dimensions||10.6” x 15” x 11.8”|
|Bread Size Options||3|
|Crust Color Options||3|
|Delay Timer||13-hour delay|
|Kneading Blades||Single blade|
There are 12 settings to choose from, so you will never get bored with the same bread every morning. There is Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Sweet, and Sandwich for a variety of bread, then you have the Quick, the Ultrafast I and Ultrafast II for the times when you are in a hurry and you need to bake faster, and there are the innovative and practical functions that allow you to make other things than bread, such as jam and cake. There is the Dough setting that lets you knead the dough you like and doesn’t bake it, and the Bake setting so you can bake any dough you want. The machine also comes with a Color button for choosing between a light, medium and dark crust, depending on your preferences.
A great advantage of this product is the compact size that many people appreciate because no one wants another bulky appliance on their counter. It only measures 27 x 38 x 30 cm and weighs 6 kg, so you can easily fit it on the counter or hide it in the cabinet and only take it out effortlessly when you need it. This bread maker has a nice curved design that adds to its small size, as there are no pointy edges to stand out. Although it’s made of a white plastic that doesn’t give it the elegance of the stainless-steel appliances, this unit looks really good and durable. The housing always stays cool to touch during the entire baking process, so you don’t have to worry about getting burned. On the curved top of the unit, there is a control panel with detailed buttons and an LCD screen where you will see each selection you made. The large window is a design plus because it lets you observe the status and the shape of the bread during each cycle while maintaining the constant temperature inside the pan. The non-stick pan it comes with can hold 3 loaf sizes weighing 1lb, 1.5lb and 2lb, depending on how large a bread you need. Since measuring the ingredients is a very important step in obtaining an excellent bread, this model comes with a measuring cup and spoon. You will also discover a helpful recipe book with plenty of recipes of bread specialties and many more.
You can enjoy the smell of delicious homemade bread without worrying about potential defects for the first 2 years after the purchase thanks to the 2-years warranty it comes with. Moreover, you can receive helpful information and advice through the customer support offered by the manufacturer on their official website. You can also contact them via phone or email and find out what concerns you regarding your product and you can find spare parts and accessories available for purchase.