T-Fal Emerilware Bread Machine Review
The T-Fal Emerilware has some interesting features. First, it can make bigger loaves than the average bread machine, going up to three pound loaves. It also comes with a baguette pan and tray with a shaping knife. This allows the user to make the dough in the machine, shape the dough into baguettes, spritz with a bit of water, put the tray into the machine and make four small baguettes. It is an ingenious, if slightly cumbersome system. However, it is fun and different and works quite well.
Of course, you need not make baguettes. With two paddles and a horizontal bread-pan, it makes very nice loaves. Once the bread is baked, there is a one hour keep warm cycle to ensure warm bread when served. (Unfortunately, to jump out of the warm cycle the machine must be unplugged.) Using quick rising yeast, the machine has an express cycle that allows bread to be baked in about 1 1/2 hours.
The machine comes with a measuring implements, a baguette baking rack, a hook to pull paddles out of the loaf (if necessary), plus a slicing blade for the baguettes. It has the standard suite of settings. It will make wheat bread, jams, and cakes. It also has crust color selection. The control panel is easy to navigate. Any setting can be accessed from just a few buttons. However, to reach some settings requires that certain buttons be pushed up to 12 or 13 times.
Like most of today's bread machines, it has a window in a removable lid, so that the user can get a look at the process once in a while. The removable lid also comes in handy when using the gluten-free setting. Gluten free doughs tend to be sticky and require that a plastic spatula be used to continuously scrape the dough from the sides of the pan. However, this problem is not unique to the T-Fal. No bread machine manufacturer has been able to overcome this problem.
The T-Fal Emerilware bread machine is a good sized machine. It has to be to accommodate its large capacity. It comes with a white chassis, which will accommodate the interior decoration of most kitchens. It seems to be a stable machine, not prone to "walking" during the kneading cycle. This may be partly due to the fact that two paddles spread the weight better than will a single paddle machine.
With a short electrical cord, the T-Fal should be situated fairly close to an outlet. However, this is not a problem in most modern kitchens. The delayed start is in-line with most other machines, allowing the bread machine to start up to 15 hours after the ingredients have been inserted. The manual for the T-Fal Emerilware is fairly good, with helpful illustrations and clear instructions.
All in all, the T-Fal Emerilware is a nice bread machine. It is a good buy for the price. (It is understandably on the higher end compared to most other bread machines.) It can be purchased through Amazon.
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