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My New Bread Maker (Do Models Eat Bread?)

CBK250U Bread MakerI have finally taken the plunge and bought a bread maker. Or bread machine, people seem to call them both things – I prefer ‘maker’ because it sounds more friendly. And there he is, my friendly little bread maker, sat on the kitchen worktop next to the kettle. You might be wondering how I went about choosing my bread maker from the hundreds available out there, and I’ll tell you: I was extremely shallow and almost entirely based my choice on appearances.

Yes I know that appearances aren’t everything, but you must understand that Mr AMR is ridiculously picky about the appliances that are left on show in the kitchen. They all have to match and they all have to blend into the background. Which means that almost everything we own is stainless steel with a black trim – the kettle, the toaster, the knife-block, the oil-drizzler, and now the bread maker. The slow cooker and the George Foreman are also matching, but they live in the bottom cupboards because they don’t get used on a daily basis. George only gets let out about once a fortnight when we have a full English!

So back to the bread maker and its “looks” – I’m semi-joking when I said I chose on appearances alone. I actually did quite a lot of research on this. The best machines seemed to be the Panasonics, but they all looked like great big plastic ice buckets or something and I don’t do plastic in the kitchen. They did have a stainless version, but it was still that weird bulky shape, so I had to find a machine that worked just as well but that looked good. Step forward Monsieur Cuisinart and his square, sleek lines. He takes up less room than the chunky round machines and can fit flush against the wall.

The photo shows our first loaf of bread – preparation time, 48 seconds (Mr AMR and I did the measuring and pouring together) and then machine time, three hours. How magnificent! I didn’t think magic like this existed! We poured in the water, added salt and a tablespoon of oil, then covered the water with flour and put the yeast in on top. That was it! Closed the lid, and three hours later a lovely loaf popped out. The kitchen smelt like a bakery and we had fresh bread, yet there was no mess whatsoever. This bread maker is literally my new love.

You might have been mumbling away to yourself throughout all of this, thinking what the hell’s she doing eating bread? Doesn’t she know that bread is the work of the devil? What’s a model doing eating bread? Well yes I do know that we shouldn’t all be stuffing our faces with bread every single minute of the day, especially people who may/may not be called upon at short notice to bare all in some kind of torturously embarrassing lingerie ensemble, but that brings me neatly through to the reason for buying the machine in the first place: I wanted the bread that I eat to be fresh, healthy and pure. No preservatives, no additives, no sweeteners and enhancers, no weird processes with the ingredients that sap every nutrient out of the final product, no flavourings, no excess added sugar, no strange chemicals. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on the back of a pre-packed loaf of white sliced? I rest my case.

Good bread is not bad for you when eaten in moderation. You’re better off eating a couple of slices of homemade bread with good, pure butter and some nice marmalade than eating one of those Special K bars or a bowl of crunchy nut cornflakes! A slice of bread topped with a poached egg? Even better. The problem comes when we pile bread with crap, or our diet is generally poor and also happens to be carb-laden. The biggest problem with our diets today is excessive sugar consumption and the people going on about how much fat there is in an avocado are totally barking up the wrong tree. I must write more about my feelings on all of this, but for now, I’ll say one thing: eat fresh food, eat unprocessed food, and you’ll be going a long, long way towards having a healthy diet.

When I speak to other models about their diets and eating habits, most are quite adamant about eating well-sourced, unprocessed foods. I don’t want to get into a long-winded discussion about thin people and not-thin people, but when I think about the people I know who have lean, fit bodies, they are definitely not the same people who regularly eat ready meals and snack on party packs of M&Ms in front of the telly. Of course models (and athletes, and dancers, insert your own examples!) eat junk – just very, very occasionally. Fresh bread with no additives isn’t junk – it’s food. The sooner we start to focus on eating good quality unprocessed foods rather than silly fad diets, the better!

I bought my Cuisinart from Lakeland Plastics (are they still called that!) but they have them slightly cheaper on Amazon:

Cuisinart CBK250U Brushed Breadmaker, Stainless Steel

You can get much cheaper machines if you don’t want or need stainless steel – I have no idea how good they are, but I have seen Panasonic ones for around £80 that get very good reviews. The bread, by the way, tasted amazing. Very light and fluffy with a good crisp crust!


  1. Thank you for this – I was just waffling over which breadmaker to buy. This one was top of the list but I wanted to be sure it was worth the extra money. My last breadmaker was a plastic Panasonic and this time I wanted something a little more stylish, but it’s lovely to know it performs well too.

  2. I totally agree with you! I have the panisonic plastic one.aha! And I mix some nuts and raisin too.I love your article!
    Wish you could share some daily workout routin with you fans :)

  3. We have an antiquated old Kenwood Chef with a dough hook, which probably dates back to the 1970s. It’s a LOUD tangerine colour so we keep it hidden in a cupboard when it’s not being used. Despite it being a museum piece we use it at least once a week to make all sorts of loaves – multigrain is my favourite and we also make our own pizzas – so much tastier and healthier than the shop-bought versions. Foccacia with rosemary, garlic and olive oil is another favourite. We have a huge granite slab which we use to bake the loaves on – it gives them a lovely crusty base. I joke that it’ll probably become my gravestone one day!!! You can’t beat homemade – I can’t look a white sliced loaf in the eye any more.

  4. I love your attitude to food, Ruth, its so healthy and down-to-earth. Make sure you’re using stone-ground flour, it makes all the difference! Stone-ground is so important because unlike processed flour, it still contains the wheatgerm oil which as you probably know is vital for healthy skin, hair and nails, and of course makes for a delicious loaf of bread! And make sure to experiment with spelt flour, and lots of nuts and seeds! Pumpkin and sunflower seeds and walnuts are my favourite! x

  5. Great post, Ruth.
    @Siobhan I agree with you on both points. I love making bread by hand (but I also appreciate the speed and (especially!) the cleanliness of breadmakers). Re cravings: my cravings completely changed around after reducing junk from my diet. It may sound bizarre to some but I genuinely have cravings for fruit/raw veg/etc and not chips, sugary stuff, or whatever. In fact, a lot of junk food turns me off now. Getting to that point though took time and perseverance – almost like my body had to reprogram itself.

    • Me too Kevin – when I can’t eat fresh veg for a while I start feeling really ill! It’s just a vicious cycle with the sugar and the junk. x

  6. I was thinking “wow that’s a cute breadmaker” straight away. One of the main reasons I don’t use a breadmaker is that they’re generally ugly and take up a lot of space!
    Once a week I make a really nice loaf of bread (at most 50% white flour) that takes about 10 minutes of actual work and is a real treat, preferable to any sweet baked things. I’d rather go without than eat horrible sliced bagged “bread”, most of the “fresh” stuff in supermarkets isn’t even close to bread. I tried a branded bagged crusty loaf once and all they’d done was poke holes in the bag so the outside of it was stale. Stale does not equal crusty! Bread-rage…

    • @Aimee apparently they buy the bread half-cooked in the in-store bakery and then just finish baking it! Bread Rage 2

  7. Just thought you guys would like know, there is an interesting article in this months RED magazine (may 2012) about attitudes to food, calorie counting etc, it’s certainly ‘food for thought’ xx

  8. Totally agree with your attitude to food Ruth – its a healthy one to have! As you say carbs aren’t something to be feared, it’s what gets added to them that makes them unhealthy.

    Perhaps you could do a ‘what’s in your fridge’ video?!

  9. I have always wondered about bread makers. I don’t think they’re very popular in Denmark because a lot of people bake their own bread. In the oven, that is. :D

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