Does anyone have a bread machine that bakes really well?
Preferably one that makes a standard sized loaf. I'm thinking ahead to a birthday gift early next year. Someone who wants to start making homemade bread but doesn't want to fuss with the baking part.
I've got two machines -- a Zojirushi BBCC-X20 and a Panasonic SD-YD250. The Zojirushi does a fabulous job kneading all kinds of doughs, but it's not so great when it comes to baking in the machine. The top crust comes out much lighter than the sides and bottom. It doesn't bother me too much because I usually make rolls, buns, bagels, and boules. During the summer when it's so hot, I use the Panasonic because it bakes more uniformly. However, it's got a weird shape -- very tall, squat loaves.
So, do any of you have bread machines that make traditional sized loaves and do a good job of the baking part? With evenly browned crust (or as even as a bread machine can produce).
Just trying to get some ideas. Thanks!