By Flea - Be A Survivor
The wife and I recently treated ourselves to the Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Bread Makerso we can stop buying bread from the store. Anyone who has lived up north and moved down south knows the bread situation is dire (except for biscuits of course). I haven't had decent bread since I left NJ.
We purchased the bread maker and set out immediately to put it to use. Below is a picture of the bread maker and the the resulting 1 lb loaf of white bread we made. It was hands down some of the best bread I have had in a long time. My biggest regret is not listening to my wife and getting this thing sooner!
We put all the required ingredients into the mixing bowl placed in in the bread maker. We selected 1 lb loaf, white bread and medium crust and let her rip. I was totally a skeptic as I watched the paddle beat the dough into submission for 30 minutes. The next three cycles were rise with a short knead thrown in. The machine beeped and paused alerting us to remove the paddle before that last rise and bake cycles.
I removed the paddle pressed continue and 1 hour and 40 minutes later there was a beautiful loaf of bread in the machine. The total time elapsed was 3 hours from start to finish with our only interaction being to remove the paddle.
We let the bread cool and then cut some slices to try with butter, they were outstanding to say the least.
Here are some stats on the machine:
* Programmable bread machine with convection fan adjusts speed and timing for foolproof results
* 16 preset menu options including Low Carb, Gluten-Free, and Artisan Dough settings
* 3 crust colors and 3 loaf sizes; over 100 bread, dough, sweet cake, and jam combinations
* Audible tone indicates when to add mix-ins; 12-hour delay-start timer; power-failure backup
* Measures 18 by 12-1/5 by 14-7/8 inches; 3-year limited warranty
I have to say it was some of the best money I have spent. We tend to stay with Kitchen-Aid and Cuisinart because we have had great success with durability with those brands. I am a firm believer that if I am going to drop money on something buying quality once makes perfect sense even if it costs more.
This thing even makes jam! The wife and I do that the old fashion way but I may just give it a try if the results are half as good as they were with the bread I will be impressed.
To say I recommend this product would be an understatement.
...that is all.
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