I recently celebrated my birthday, count, I am not going to share with anyone (just for laughs). It was a good one. My parents took a flight and gave me the best surprise, my brother took a day off and spent the night at our place, we watched old videos and chatted late into the night sipping wine near the fireplace. Among the other things which made me feel extra special on that day, was the gift my parents gave me. It was nonetheless one of the top bread makers in the market – Cuisinart CBK-200. The model is stylish, modern, sturdy and compact and what makes it so lovely is that the name is Cuisinart; which is synonymous with quality.
Features of my new bread maker:
The machine is awesome, makes 2 pound loaf in one go which is ideal for me, my husband and my two kids. The baking is done by the convection heating process which makes the crust crispy and evenly brown. The machine will beep on the completion of all the steps. Once the ingredients are put in and the kneading is done, the beep will warn you to remove the kneading paddle. Next, you will be able to specify the cycle you wish to use for the bread i.e. you can make gluten free bread, low carb bread and the artisan bread. There is a small LCD screen which shows all the information about the bread being baked such as the remaining time, crust color and size of the loaf etc.
There is another lovely feature that I have used right now, which informs the user that the time to add the other things such as fruit bits, nuts etc. is reached. I am making nutty bread today, hence, have added finely chopped nuts. The other controls are start, pause and stop. Overall, the machine is easy to use and can be handled by every person. I am not a big fan of numerous controls over the machines these days and love to keep it simple. I really find it easy to bake bread in Cuisinart CBK 200.
The bread pan is kind of a fusion of the vertical and horizontal pan and can bake like 16 variations of the regular bread. As per the manual, I can make
White, whole wheat, rapid whole wheat, rapid white, quick bread/cake, French/Italian, rapid French/Italian, low-carb, artisan dough, sweet breads, gluten free, dough/pizza dough, rapid sweet breads, bake only, jam, and the last minute loaf in my single machine. Till now, I have tried 10 variations and find them totally satisfying.
Though some ingredients are left in the corners of the bread pan, the bread comes out fine and properly cooked. The machine is easy to clean for the ones who like to clean after every use and have enough time for that. If you wish to clean the bread machine only occasionally, then sadly, the machine will not allow so as the colour is black and it would give off the grit.
Well, all in all, my compact machine is a real beauty and I love to have it sitting on my kitchen counter all set to make all the new kinds of breads, cakes and dough I could get on the internet.