Having been thinking about it for a while, finally bit the bullet and Friday 23 March treated ourselves to a Moulinex Breadmaker - one of the smallest lowest powered machines we could find
Tried out the simplest white bread recipe but with delay timer function set so that would have fresh bread by 0730 hrs Saturday morning.
Wokenup around 0330hrs by strange whirring noise - and indeed kneeding had started.
By 0745hrs the process was complete
and much to our surprise, we had a delicious freshly baked loaf for breakfast
is this beginner's luck?