Black Friday bread maker deals – for home-baked fresh loaves, cakes and more

Bake homemade breads with ease with best-selling Panasonic models and more

There's no denying 2020 has been the year of baking bread – and long may it continue. Google searches for 'baking bread' increased by 22 per cent this year. With this popular new baking task made all the easier thanks to a modern bread maker machine.

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Yan Wong-Jones, buyer for small electrical appliances at John Lewis. ‘Bread maker sales rise in the autumn and winter as we start thinking about homemade bread to accompany hearty soups and stews’. Making now the perfect time to bag one.

Across many retailers in the Black Friday sale you'll find bargains from all your favourite brands, including Panasonic, Morphy Richards and more.

Loaves of bread, ingredients and baking utensils on a kitchen counter

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Tower 2lb 550W Gluten Free Digital Bread Maker: was £69.99, Now £59.99 (opens in new tab)

All hail the bread maker dedicated to Gluten-free breads! This state–of–the art Tower 2lb 550W Gluten Free Digital Bread Maker features 12 automatic programmes. Offering a variety of options for baking white bread, French bread, wholemeal bread, and an ultra–fast function to make a loaf in under an hour!

Is it worth buying a bread maker?

A loaf of seeded bread on a chopping board with a few pre-cut slices

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Delicious, home-baked bread is easier with a bread maker. Look for a model with a time delay setting if you want to wake up to a fresh loaf for breakfast, an auto ingredient dispenser to add yeast, fruit, nuts and seeds at the optimum time, and different loaf size settings if you like flexibility.

More than merely bread some models will also bake cakes, make jam, compotes and pizza dough.  They can be bulky, so make sure you have sufficient storage space. Beware a noisy bread machine reaching its kneading stage in the wee hours if you like to bake over night.

What flours should I try?

To make bread you need flour with a high protein content, so it will be strong enough to rise and hold a good crumb structure. Look for flours blended specially for bread-making, such as Doves Farm Organic Strong White (£1.89 for 1.5kg) or Strong Wholewheat Bread Flour (£1.85kg for 1.5kg).

For a nutty complex flavour, try Doves Farm OrganIc Wholewheat Spelt Flour (£2.95 for 1kg), although this will not rise as much as a strong wheat flour. If you’re feeling more adventurous, the (opens in new tab) website has a list of independent millers, many of whom sell online as well as locally.

We’re big fans of Stoate & Sons, Cann Mills, Dorset – you can buy their flour direct or via the (opens in new tab) website, which also offers a great range of breadmaking kit.

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The interest for bread makers online peaked in April, with 461,460 Google searches here in the UK – as a result of lockdown encouraging us to make our own from home. And there's a feeling that now we know how, it's something to continue doing – well past any further restrictions. Because aside from the pride, there's no better aroma than that of freshly baked bread filling the home.

Tamara Kelly

Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.