Don't you just love the aroma of freshly baked bread? It's really something special. Opening a store bought loaf, even if it's one of the healthy loaves made with all sorts of good stuff, just isn't the same - it doesn't have that newly baked smell.
But baking bread from scratch in the oven is a time consuming business, not to mention hard work - all that kneading! I did bake my own bread for a while, and it turned out pretty well most of the time. But somehow I always felt it wasn't quite worth the effort - almost, but not quite.
Then I discovered the Panasonic Bread Maker! This was many years ago so the model I have (SD-BT55P) is no longer for sale. You can still get parts for it, which I guess goes to show that I'm not the only one who loves their machine and that they last for years and years.