T-fal PF111 Review

T-fal-PF111-bread-machineIf you want a modern, stylish bread machine, the T-fal PF111 is the one to choose. Its body is a silver stainless steel and the lid is a chic black with a beautiful green accent around the menu. It’s definitely not for your grandmother’s kitchen, but would look nice on any modern kitchen counter top. The bread machine is capable of making bread in 2 loaf sizes: 1.5- and 2-pound. There are 3 crust settings for you to choose from as well as 12 pre-programmed settings: basic, whole wheat, French, gluten-free, sweet, rapid 1.5 pound, rapid 2 pound, dough, jam, cake, sandwich, and baking only. All these options are displayed with a picture on the menu, rather than text like most machines. On the lid there is a viewing window and a LCD display.

One feature to point out about this machine is the delay timer. Normally bread machines have a 13-hour delay timer which allows people to set when they want their bread machines to start kneading, rising, and baking. This is used, for instance, when you want to bake bread for the morning, but obviously don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night to start the machine. You can set it the night before and “delay” the cooking until closer to the morning. The T-fal PF111 has a 15-hour delay timer instead of the usual 13 hours. So for whatever reason, if you need an extra 2 hours, the T-fal PF111 can give you this option. It also has automatic keep warm functions.

Other things included with the machine are instruction booklet and recipes, measuring cup, and measuring spoon. The nonstick baking pan comes with a kneading blade. The really cool thing about this bread machine is that it comes with a tool to remove the blade from your bread. Whatever machine you use, chances are the blade will stick to your bread when it bakes. It’s just how bread machines were made. Some are easier to remove than others. It’s nice that T-fal thought of a way to make it easier to remove. But actually, to avoid this problem altogether, you can try to take the blade out after the kneading is done. It works with this machine and should work with other bread machines too.

Our T-fal PF111 Review

For this bread maker, we first tested the gluten-free setting. We like bread machines that have a gluten-free option because buying gluten-free bread at the grocery store can be expensive over time. So having that option feels like we’re already saving a lot of money. To be honest, the first loaf didn’t turn out that well. It was more our fault than the machine’s fault. We didn’t seem to get the recipe right, but anyone baking gluten-free products will know that it requires a little experimentation to get the recipe just right. Gluten-free flour differs widely in density. It helps documenting what steps you’ve taken and how much you’ve added of each ingredient. Then use trial and error until you get it right. As far as the setting goes, the machine was simple enough to set up.

The T-fal PF111 is really quiet and doesn’t vibrate. Why would you want a machine that’s quiet? It’s especially important if you’re going to use the delay timer to bake bread in the middle of the night. Just imagine being waken up by a bread machine all the time. You wouldn’t want that to happen. Otherwise, it’s just nice to have something that doesn’t make a lot of unnecessary noise while you do other work or your baby is sleeping. Maybe some of you have had experiences where your bread machine moves all over your counter or makes a lot of noise. So it feels like T-fal put together a sturdy product.

We also tried the rapid settings on this machine. It seems to only take about 1.5 hours to bake. Although the bread comes out in a vertical square shape, which isn’t our favorite, we liked the texture and taste. The first handful of times we made basic bread with this machine, the loaves have been consistent. And if you’re looking to make dough, jam, cake or sandwiches, this machine has those pre-programmed settings to make your life easier. Just follow the instructions that come with the bread machine and you should have no problem making these.

T-fal PF111 Features At A Glance

  • Makes a 1.5- or 2-pound square, vertical loaf
  • Bakes bread in 1-3 hours, and has a 15-hour delay timer
  • Stainless steel design with a modern black lid
  • Has a large viewing window and menu with graphics and text
  • Has a wide range of pre-programmed settings: basic, whole wheat, French, gluten-free, sweet, rapid 1.5 pound, rapid 2 pound, dough, jam, cake, sandwich, and baking only
  • Comes with instruction manual, recipe book, removable bake pan with single kneading blade, measuring spoon, and measuring cup

Concluding Thoughts

There’s little to dislike about this bread maker. It’s a visually-appealing machine and does a good job at baking bread. When kneading, the machine is quiet and doesn’t vibrate much, so that’s a plus. Besides the usual pre-programmed settings, the machine features a rare 15-hour delay timer for those who need a couple of extra hours. The price tag is another positive – not overly expensive yet you feel like you’re paying for a high end machine. Overall, this is a beautiful machine created by T-fal.

Update: T-fal has made a newer version of this model. Check out our review of the T-fal PF311.

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