Cuisinart CBK-200: Convection Bread Maker

Overview

The Convection Bread Maker is great for making fresh homemade bread right from the comfort of your kitchen minus the stress of the process involved in doing it. It can be used for producing large loaves of bread and because it is convection, it makes for a better finished crust. The included recipes are for either 465g or 700g of flour. It also has programs for making cakes, doughs, jams and features a dispenser for adding seeds and dried fruits at the right time.

The styling is stunning and contemporary, and build quality is good, but the design isn’t perfect.

Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Convection Bread Maker
Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Convection Bread Maker
$127.05
Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Convection Bread Maker
Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Convection Bread Maker
$127.05

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Features of the Cuisinart CBK-200

The Cuisinart CBK-200 is great for countertops of any size because of its compact width, and boasts of features such as:

  • Programmable bread machine
  • Convection fan adjusts speed and timing
  • 16 presets for different bread desires and dietary needs
  • Audible tone indication for mixing ingredients
  • 12-hour delay-start timer

Being a programmable bread machine, you’ll be able to get the most out of your eating time and family functions. With this bread maker, there’s a convection fan that adjusts the timing and speed so that you’ll have optimal results every time. The preset options for this bread maker include settings for those with gluten-free needs, low-carb needs, and other dietary restrictions. If you looking for artisan dough, you’ll be able to create it with this bread maker.

Crust options

If you are the type who doesn’t like the darkest of crusts, you’ll enjoy the fact that there are 3 different crust color options, along with 3 different loaf sizes. The included crust options are: Light, Medium and Dark. The Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker will automatically default to medium crust.

Note: The crust control feature will not operate for Dough, Jam and Bake Only cycles. If you choose an invalid option, you will hear an error beep.

Loaf size options

The Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker also comes with 3 different options for the size of loaf: 1, 1.5 or 2LB. It will automatically default to a 2LB loaf size.

Note: The Loaf control feature will not operate for all menu options, such as Jam and Bake Only cycles. Gluten-free and Low-Carb settings do not offer 1-pound setting. If you choose an invalid option, you will hear an error beep.

Feel free to use your imagination and create over 100 different combinations of various jam, dough, and cake combinations.

Mix-ins

Also built-in to this bread maker is the audible tone that tells you when to add mix-in ingredients. There are some wonderful recipes for fruit and nut breads, olive loaf, cheese bread, and so on, which require mix-in ingredients such as fruit and nuts, to be added after basic ingredients are kneaded. The Mix-ins option will automatically default to on except for Low Carb, Quick Bread, Gluten Free or Last Minute Loaf programs. Press Mix-ins once if you choose to deactivate this feature. The LED light will indicate whether the signal is on or off. The signal can be set or deactivated anytime before the second knead cycle. The Mix-ins signal will sound (if activated) at 14 minutes before the end of the second knead. This signal consists of a series of four sets of 5 long beeps each. When you hear the signal, carefully open the bread maker lid and add any additional mix-ins the recipe requires. Gently close the lid to continue baking.

Note: There are no Mix-ins signals for Low Carb, Quick Bread, Gluten Free or Last Minute Loaf program options. Mix-ins must be added at the very beginning of the cycle with other basic ingredients.

Having this option means that you can walk away without hovering and watching it bake. In doing so, you’re able to focus on other things that need to be prepared for your meal.

If you’re going to be too busy during the day to set aside time and make bread, you’ll find the 12-hour delay-start timer useful. With this, you’ll be able to set a 12-hour delay timer on this bread maker so you can ensure that it will get done and you can focus on other things as mentioned. One key thing to note is that you should never use the delay feature if your recipe includes ingredients which can spoil (eggs, milk or milk products, meat, fish, and so on). The composition of the bread maker allows for a better texture and crust to rise when you bake bread in this machine thanks to the circulation of air that’s superior to the competition.

Beyond the above features, there are an immense number of other features that will serve anyone well including a power-failure backup, small viewing window, LED screen with buttons to ensure that you’re choosing the settings accordingly.

Pros of the Cuisinart CBK-200

  • Great build
  • It makes big loaves
  • Can create your own program

Cons of the Cuisinart CBK-200

  • They are loud
  • A bit pricey
  • Dense loaf

How to use the Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker

One very good thing that stands out about this breadmaker is how user-friendly the seed dispenser is: it’s a clever design, that works like a drawer. To look at the Cuisinart from the outside, you’d never guess it had a seed dispenser.

However, one down side is that the back-right of the glass lid tends to catch on the plastic beside it every time the lid is opened or closed. This can be annoying and gradually scuffs the corner – which undermines the otherwise very positive impression of the breadmaker’s build quality.

To start making bread with this great machine, follow the following steps (included in the instruction booklet):

  1. Remove bread pan and attach kneading paddle.
  2. Properly measure all ingredients into the bread pan in the exact order they are listed. Always put the liquids in first, the dry ingredients in next, and the yeast last. Yeast cannot be allowed to touch wet ingredients.
  3. Insert the bread pan back into the baking chamber. Press firmly so that the bread pan fits securely within the
    two brackets.
  4. Close the lid and connect power cord to standard electrical outlet.
  5. Choose Menu option. Press Menu and scroll through the 16 menu cycles until you reach your preferred cycle. The corresponding menu number will be indicated on the LCD screen. You will need to scroll through the list again if you pass your preferred cycle.
  6. Select Crust color – Press Crust to choose your preferred crust: Light, Medium or Dark.
  7. Select Loaf Size – Press Loaf to choose your preferred dough size: 1, 1.5 or 2LB.
  8. Mix-ins feature – Select whether you want this activated or not.
  9. Press Start to begin or activate Delay Start Timer.

NOTE: When using the bread maker, please make sure that you first set the removable bread pan in the basin of the bread maker *BEFORE* inserting the kneading paddle into the bottom of the bread pan. Failure to do so can cause the kneading paddle to unseat itself when the bread pan is inserted and locked in to the unit. To insert the bread pan, follow the instructions in the use and care guide. Please pay specific attention to the snaps on the left and the right side of the bread pan. Both snaps need to engage to secure the bread pan into place. Failure to do so will result in an improper fit between the unit and the bread pan, causing noise and failing to knead the ingredients properly.

With the Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker, you don’t have to be a chef to make wonderful homemade bread everytime you desire. Its easy and straightforward to use.

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