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If you’re a fan of a freshly-baked sourdough or a warm, wholesome rye from your local artisanal bakery, then you’re going to want to listen up.
Because it turns out that, although we haven’t yet figured out a way to recreate artisanal-style carrot cake, we can make our own fresh loaf.
And no, we’re not talking endless hours of kneading and proving, where patience is paramount and hunger has to wait, we’ve got our eyes on a thoroughly modern method.
A breadmaker takes the stress, and elbow grease, out of baking bread and it produces the perfect breakfast staple every time.
From gluten-free, artisan, experimental, everyday white or wholemeal, simply set the correct program and busy yourself with other household tasks.
Even if you’re not a star baker, no one knead ever really know.
Best affordable breadmakers
Cookworks Breadmaker | £44.99 from Argos
This top-rated breadmaker (seriously it has 816 reviews and five stars) has 12 pre-set programmes and can even change the crust colour to your preference.
Bake overnight with the 13-hour delay timer and wake up to the fresh aroma of home-made bread.
Panasonic-2501WXC Breadmaker | £199 from John Lewis & Partners
If you’re a bread connoisseur and want to get straight to master bread-baking level, then this Panasonic breadmaker has it’s own raisin and nut dispenser to automatically add extra ingredients into the kneading process.
Russell Hobbs 23620 Compact Breadmaker 660W | £64.99 from eBay
Having a smaller kitchen space doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be privy to the smell of freshly-baked bread wafting through the house.
This compact breadmaker boasts 12 programmes including white bread, french bread, whole-wheat, quick bread, sweet bread, gluten-free, dough and bake.
Morphy Richards 48281 Fastbake Breadmaker | £59.99 from Argos
The highest-rated breadmaker of the lot, this gadget means there is very little effort needed on the part of the baker, because the breadmaker is a sophisticated appliance with a computer memory that does all the work for you.