Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker,Compact Automatic
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- Programmable bread machine bakes 1-, 1-1/2-, and 2-pound loaves
- 12 preprogrammed menu options; 3 crust settings; 13-hour delay-start timer
- Viewing window; removable lid, pan, and paddle for quick cleanup
- Stay-cool handles; measuring cup, measuring spoon, and recipes included
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Cuisinart 2 LB Bread Maker
We know finding the time to make homemade bread is impossible, so let Cuisinart do the work with 12 preprogrammed options! Simply choose the ingredients your family loves and the Bread Maker will take care of the baking. You can also customize your recipes with our versatile Bread Maker’s three loaf sizes and three crust colors. With a convenient 13-hour Delay Start Timer, that wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread will greet you as you walk in the door.
- 12 pre-programmed menu options, 3 crust colors and 3 loaf sizes offer over 100 choices
- Removable lid with viewing window
- 15-minute Pause Bake-Only option
- 13-Hour Delay Start Timer
- Power Failure Backup
- Removable Kneading Paddle and Bread Pan
Wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread with this programmable bread machine. Simply add the ingredients, choose from several options using the touch-pad controls, and it takes care of the rest. It will mix the ingredients, knead the dough, let it rise, and bake it to perfection--soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Choose from 12 preprogrammed menu options; 1-, 1-1/2-, and 2-pound loaf sizes; and three crust settings--light, medium, or dark. Other highlights include a 13-hour delay-start timer, a removable lid with a viewing window, power-failure backup, sturdy stay-cool handles, and a removable kneading paddle and bread pan for easy cleanup. Accessories include a measuring cup, a measuring spoon, and foolproof recipes for gluten-free breads, as well as jams and sauces. Mix-ins must be added at the very beginning of the cycle with other basic ingredient. With its modern design and embossed logo, the bread machine measures 18 by 12-1/5 by 15 inches.
From the Manufacturer
|Nothing says “home” like warm, just-baked bread. With this programmable automatic breadmaker from Cuisinart, all you have to do is add ingredients and select the time you’d like it to start the process. The breadmaker mixes it, kneads it, and bakes it. It also come with lots of bread recipes, as well as recipes for pastries and jams. You’ll discover you’ve bought yourself much more than a breadmaker (while still enjoying the lovely smell and taste of homemade bread). For safety, this unit is equipped with a power failure backup system. In case of any disruption of power supply, the unit will store in memory the stage of bread making cycle and resume once power is restored. The power back up feature can maintain memory for a power failure up to 15 minutes. And for easy clean up, the removable pan and paddle, cup, and spoon are dishwasher safe. The removable lid and touchpad control wipe clean with a damp cloth; fewer crevices make the unit easier to clean.|
Easy-to-Use Control Panel
- Mix-Ins: During the last 8 minutes of the second kneading cycle for several on selected programs an audible signal of 5 short beeps will sound to remind you to add any additional ingredients your recipe requires (such as nuts and seeds, raisins and dried fruits, shredded chesses, chocolate morsels).
- After Mixing/Kneading is completed there will be an audible signal of 6 short beeps, before the last rise cycle, indicating the point at which the mixing/kneading is complete. At this point in the bread making process you have the option of removing the kneading paddle, to avoid a small hole in the bottom of your baked loaf, and/or re-shaping the dough, though neither is necessary.
There will be a series of 15 beeps to signal the end of the baking cycle: the bread display window will read 00:00 and the unit will be in the Warm Cycle. Your bread will be kept warm for 60 minutes to prevent it from becoming soggy. For optimal results, we recommend removing the loaf as soon as the baking cycle is complete and letting it cool on a baking rack. All breads slice best when allowed to cool for a minimum of 30 minutes before slicing.
Bringing the Good Life Home
Cuisinart products are designed to make life delicious all day long. Specialty items, like this programmable breadmaker, offer today’s consumers a variety of menu options, and fun and easy new ways to entertain family and friends.
Cuisinart first came into home kitchens over 30 years ago when it introduced the now legendary food processor. People discovered that routines could be broken and creative cooking quickly became part of the new lifestyle. Preparing fresh ingredients with products that offered easy and interesting new techniques meant healthier meals and more free time.
Today Cuisinart develops products to make every meal memorable. From breakfast toast and coffee to elegant five-course dinners, the preparation and cooking have become a pleasurable part of the total experience. Today’s relaxed lifestyles and the convenience of Cuisinart products make it easier than ever to Savor the Good Life, right at home with family and friends.
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My favorite loaves are the rustic Spanish and Italian plus I enjoy using the pizza dough feature for homemade Romesco or Roasted Garlic-Red Pepper pesto pizzas...
The price was exceptional also, compared to years ago when bread machines were a 'fad' and the going prices were outrageous and exorbitant.
I have had my CBK-200 for several months now and make at least one loaf of bread a week. It works flawlessly. The recipe I use is a basic white bread recipe... proof the yeast in 1 cup of 110 degree water and 2 tablespoons of sugar for 10 minutes. Once it is good and "foamy", add 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) of butter, add 3 cups of white bread flour topped off with 1 teaspoon of salt. Then put the baking pan in the machine and push Start. An hour and a half or so later, it beeps 6 times and I push Pause, take the mixing paddle out, put the baking pan back in the machine and push Start to continue the baking process. In about 3 hours over all, fresh, hot bread.
Other "reviewers" have complained about the "noise". Ummm... what noise? It isn't as noisy as my washing machine in my kitchen, and I can barely hear that running. The CBK-200 does make a bit of noise when it's kneading, but only a bit. Nothing like the "Volkswagen" comlained about by one reviewer, and I know . . . I've owned several VWs. This bread machine is NOT noisy.
I solidly recommend this machine to anyone . . . if they can read the instructions. I've already suggested the CBK-200 to all my friends.
We love this machine. It is compact, perfect for my tiny counter in the kitchen. It is light and easy to wash.
The things I like include: it (1) includes several different cycles with different options (I've mostly used the whole wheat cycle), (2) works well with whole wheat bread (the whole wheat cycle adds a 30-ish minute "warm up" phase to the cycle to slightly warm the ingredients before mixing, and the cycle as a whole is a bit longer due to extra time during the rises and probably other phases), (3) is fairly easy to use (select the program, then change options for loaf size or crust color if desired; then press Start, optionally adding a delay by adjusting the timer up before doing so), (4) makes decent bread (but I don't think any machine compares to making it by hand--but I often cheat; see below), and (5) seems pretty durable, given that I've had it for almost 5 years now.
Things that could be better: (1) the manual lacks a time table. You can find a time table in the manual for the CBK-200, but the CBK-100 is slightly different. The main thing I care about is that on the whole wheat cycle, you'll want to be around when there's about 1:35-1:40 left in the cycle in order to remove the paddle and reshape the dough, if desired. I don't usually use other cycles so can't comment on their times, but I'd imagine they're similar or less. Customer service was, unfortunately, not able to help when I asked; (2) I think there is a typo in the recipe book. Lots of 1 lb loafs call for 1 cup + 1 Tbl water, then the 1.5 lb loaves call for just 1 cup water. I think they meant 1 1/4 cup for the latter, as the 2 lb loaves are then 1 1/2 cups and this progression doesn't make sense otherwise. (3) You can't use the delay/timer feature on the dough cycle. Why?! (I can only imagine it's because they're trying to prevent you from not being home when the cycle ends, forgetting about it, and accidentally letting the dough rise to its doom. The manual says it doesn't "recommend" using the timer for the Dough cycle, but unless I'm missing something, you literally can't); instead, I use a bread cycle and plan on being home well before it would start the baking phase based on what I've figured about the timing of the cycle; (4) The paddle sometimes gets grease/oil onto the bottom of the loaf. I remove this before baking, and it doesn't usually happen; it's also not a unique problem to this breadmaker; (5) The seal in the bottom of the pan failed for me after a few years of use (shortly after I wrote this review)--the shaft eventually started to fall out, and I could usually put everything back together enough to make it not leak, but if water were to come out inside the breadmaker, you'd probably be in trouble. Cuisinart sells replacement pans, but I got a refurbished machine on Amazon for not much more. I tried to buy a CBK-100 pan on eBay but don't know if it was mislabeled (the CBK-200 looks similar), but it didn't fit; ordering directly from Cuisinart might have given me more recourse if it didn't fit, though I was able to make a return in any case. Just be careful if you do this. Third parties also sell replacement seals, which could be all you need, but I didn't want to mess with that.
Now, for some "neutral" issues that aren't inherently good or bad but that some people may care about: (1) The appliance looks like stainless steel or aluminum in the picture, but it's actually a layer of a gray vinyl or plastic-like material (as are most "silver" Cuisinart products I own)--not a big deal for me but may be to some people. [UPDATE: I later bought a refurbished model with "SS" in the name and it really *is* stainless steel! It looks much better and probably won't stain like this grey vinyl/plastic has after lots of use]; (2) People say it beeps a lot or beeps loudly. It does, but I don't find it annoying--and the final sets of 6 beeps are nice to know because that's when you should remove the paddle and re-shape the dough if you care to do so; (3) There is no indication of how long is left in each phase of the cycle, though it does tell you what phase it is currently in. I've never seen a breadmaker give any information more detailed than this, but I see some other reviewers mentioned it, so maybe some people care (I do care but wouldn't mind if it were in the manual, which it's also not--but once you use a cycle enough you'll figure out the times that are important to you, like the one I mentioned for the whole wheat cycle above).
I do have some tips that I use on most breadmakers: after the initial mixing is complete, I try to check the moisture level in the dough. I like to make sure it's moist but not sticky. Ideally, careful measuring will eliminate most of this concern, but I find it depends on the flour (whole wheat flour seems particularly variable) I'm using and possibly the humidity if legend is to believed. Second, I highly recommend removing the paddle and reshaping the dough (into a flat-ish even loaf shape) at the final set of 6 beeps, especially if you're making one of the smaller loaf sizes. Unless it's the dog days of summer, I actually like to take it a step further and just turn off the bread machine at that point and let it rise in a loaf pan and bake in my regular oven. This gives you a more typical loaf shape, whereas the bread machine pan is a bit wider that I prefer (but it's still a much more conventional shape than a lot of other breadmakers). In fact, sometimes I cheat a bit more and do my own kneading for at least a few minutes sometime during the first kneading phase--I'll let the machine do the work of warming and mixing the ingredients, then I'll knead it for a few minutes by hand (because I'm still not convinced a machine can do this as well as a human) and put it back in for the machine to finish the rest of the kneading phase and the remainder of the cycle (until they very end where I may again take it out). This sounds like a lot of work, but it's really easy (the machine really does all the hard and messy stuff), and I think it improves the final result a lot--but it's all optional and you'll still get a decent loaf if you just let the machine do everything on its own (though I'd still recommend removing the paddle if you're there when it prompts).
I have never used the jam, pasta, or sweet bread cycles, so I cannot vouch for them. With other breadmakers, I've found the pasta dough doesn't always mix well (ends up crumbly until I start using my hands) and the jam settings turned out more of a coulis, which is not bad but perhaps unexpected for some people. I can't imagine this machine would be different and certainly wouldn't buy any bread machine if that's all you plan on doing with it, though some people may find the additional options nice.
All things considered, I'm fairly happy with this machine. There are a few improvements I'd hope they consider making (publishing a time table and enabling delayed start for dough, for example), but I'm pretty happy with it as is and have recommended this machine to friends and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to other Amazon customers, either.
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Funcionamiento / Contras:
- Los pitidos que emite al estar preparando son muy molestos, mas en las mañanas cuando otras personas descansan. (No se pueden quitar)
- La duración de 3 horas y media para hacer una sola barra de pan blanco. (Consumo de energía)
- La espiga de metal o aspa para mezclar los ingredientes no es del todo funcional. (Es necesario agregar los ingredientes en orden para que mezcle perfecto o bajarlos con una espátula).
- Están limitadas las opciones en el panel de la máquina a la cantidad de 11 variedades de pan por hacer con el recetario.
- El siguiente modelo de Cuisinart CBK-200 si incluye el ventilador interno para repartir mejor el calor y lograr un mejor resultado en la barra pan.
- La única forma que encontré de parar su funcionamiento una vez iniciado el proceso, fue desconectando desde la clavija. No sirve el stop como tal que es el mismo botón. (Mejoraron esa función en el Cuisinart CBK-200 )
- Si quieres agregar semillas al pan o quitarle el aspa para que no deje el pan con un agujero en la parte de abajo, debe estar pendiente uno de la máquina a que pite. (Se pierde funcionalidad)
Funcionamiento / Pros:
- Cuenta con los accesorios como vaso medidor y cuchara medidora exactos para la receta (Azúcar, harina y levadura)
Instrucciones & Recetario / Contras:
- Todo el recetario así como las instrucciones vienen en Inglés. (Pensar antes de regalar una de estas a la familia)
- Las recetas están pensadas para personas que viven en Estados Unidos (Libras) , no se ajustan al nivel del mar o altura de México. (Harina, levadura & agua)
- Solo se cuenta con el recetario impreso, no existe alguna liga o videos extras para la preparación en internet.
Instrucciones & Recetario / Contras:
- Variedad de recetas para todos los gustos con sus medidas exactas.
- Demasiado tardado el funcionamiento y consumo de energía de esta máquina, sin lograr llevar acabo una barra decente de pan.
- Es pesada , necesita de su espacio en la cocina y que tenga buena altura para poder mirar el panel LCD (Tiempo).
- La limpieza no es tardada, el material permite tenerla en optimas condiciones.
- El precio es demasiado por lo que se obtiene. (Probar con el siguiente modelo de preferencia Cuisinart CBK-200).
- Este primer modelo sin duda sirvió como ensayo para futuras maquinas de pan Cuisinart.
But it looked good though, very compact.
and Instruction/Recipe Booklet has a little torn. Looks like this Machine has been opened before. If the machine
will work good, I will keep it, otherwise I will return and exchange it with a different model.
This machine has done an excellent job on both the French and White loaf. Getting used to a four ingredient french loaf isn't easy. I can interchange those recipes from the old B&D bread maker with excellent results.
Perfección, viene con su recetario en inglés con variedad de recetas para diferentes tipos de pan. El molde tiene Teflon por lo que el pan no se pega.