Automation has been great for the kitchen, particularly breakfast. After all, upon waking up in the morning, it is only the best of us who seem to be capable of the simplest of tasks. (Coffee helps--that is after somebody manages to make it.) This desire for food and coffee to be waiting for us in the kitchen has sparked the imagination of Hollywood and the particularly industrious alike. (For Rube Goldberg breakfast-making machines see Pee-wee's Big Adventure and Back to the Future.) We may have automatic coffee makers (thankfully), but that is only just a start.
One small step forward in the chain of automation can be found with the Panasonic SD-RD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Fruit/Nut Dispenser. Featuring the next logical step regarding usage of the delay bake option seen on most bread machines, this particular model ups the ante by automating the process. Dropping 150 grams of mix-ins at just the right moment, the bread machine produces loaves of cinnamon-raisin-walnut bread (for example) hot and ready in the morning.
More than just a breakfast-bread-making-machine, the automatic bread-maker is also capable of other tasks. Naturally, a choice between having the crust come out light or dark is an option, but the bread-maker also lets users choose between two loaf sizes. In addition, a bake-only mode is incorporated. If just dough is desired, the machine can handle it, giving users the choice of pizza or pasta dough. Of course, such options require some user intervention, but properly fueled with coffee and breakfast bread, the task will seem a lot less daunting.