Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Baker Review

Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Baker Review

01The Cuisinart CBK-200 2-pound convention automatic breadmaker is a great option for beginners. It has an easy-to-read control panel, simple and delicious recipes, and even low-carb and gluten-free options, both of which are exclusive to this model. At $129, it is a great choice for the number of bread, timing, and crust options available.

Key features

  •  16 dough and bread cycle settings
  • Easy-to-use LCD display and control panel
  • Low carb and gluten-free settings
  • Convection baking
  • Brushed stainless steel finish
  • 15-minute pause
  • 12-hour-delay start timer
  • Power failure backup
  • Cuisinart limited 3-year warranty
  • BPA free for the health-conscious

A wide variety of bread features makes this a great choice for the adventurous cook. In addition to making bread, the CBK-200 also has a jam setting, as well as gluten-free and low-carb settings for the health-conscious. The power failure backup will hold the memory of the baking for up to fifteen minutes in a power outage, saving you valuable cooking time without having to start over again when the power returns. For those who love fresh baked bread with dinner, a delay-start timer allows you to prepare your mix in the morning and set it so it is ready in time for dinner at seven o’clock.

Loaf size and shape

This model offers three options for bread loaf sizes: 1 lb., 1.5 lbs., and 2 lbs. The bread loaf comes out rectangular like a traditional loaf, but is also a bit taller than normal, resulting in larger and longer slices of bread.

Dimensions

16.50″ x 10.25″ x 12.00″ inches

Settings and cycles

There are nine different bread settings (white, whole wheat, French/Italian, quick bread/cake, gluten-free, low-carb, dough/pizza dough, artisan dough, and sweet breads) at three different weights (1 lb, 1.5 lb, and 2 lb), as well as a jam setting, last-minute loaf, and bake-only option. Additionally, you can adjust crust color (light, medium, or dark).

Cycle length

  1. White 2 lbs. medium crust (Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes )
  2. Whole Wheat 2 lbs. medium crust (Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes)
  3. French/Italian 2 lbs. medium crust (Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes)
  4. Quick bread/cake 2 lbs. medium crust (Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes)
  5.  Gluten-free 2 lbs. medium crust (Time: 2 hours, 44 minutes)
  6.  Low-carb 2 lbs. medium crust (Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes)
  7.  Dough/pizza dough 2 lbs. (Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes )
  8. Artisan dough (Time: 5 hours, 5 minutes)
  9. Sweet Breads 2 lbs. medium crust (Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes)
  10.  Jam (Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes)
  11.  Last-minute Loaf 2 lbs. medium crust (Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes)
  12. Bake-Only (Time: 10 minutes )

Additional features

This model features a unique convection process during the bread baking, which essentially means that air moves around the loaf during the baking process, resulting in a fluffy, full, and well-baked bread loaf. If you are in a hurry, there is a rapid-bake option for white, whole wheat, and French/Italian bread, which will save you 20 minutes, 40 minutes, and 2 hours in baking time, respectively. For those who love mixing in fun ingredients, such as nuts, fruits, or even cheese, an audible tone alerts you when you can add in those mixings. Exclusive low-carb and gluten-free options make this model versatile for the health-conscious or those with allergies. Additionally, the manual covers key ingredients helpful to keep on hand for regular bread baking, even highlighting the ingredients required for gluten-free bread, accompanied by helpful explanations.

Pros

Gluten-free and low-carb options are increasingly relevant for today’s diet and health concerns, thereby keeping the CBK-200 versatile and able to suit a larger consumer base.

This machine is easy to clean and simple to use, with an LCD screen and clearly marked settings and options for ease of operating and baking.

Cons

Experienced bakers complain that there is no way to adjust or change the settings mid-baking. In other words, the option you have chosen at the outset is one you have committed to for the long haul. However, with repeated experience and some experimentation, you can come up with the best baking options for you, and the manual does include a troubleshooting section.

Gluten-free users complain that only the Cuisinart-provided gluten-free recipes work successfully, and low-carb users have also argued that the Cuisinart recipes are not low-carb enough.

Conclusion

This model is beginner-friendly, as well as being convenient and relatively versatile for more experienced bakers. It offers a variety of bread types, baking times, and options, allowing up to 100 possible combinations. If you want to be adventurous, the varieties and types of breads and jams are virtually endless, and the manual comes with great recipes and explanations of ingredients to get you started.

In addition to being easy to use and easy to clean, the look of the CBK-200 is also a plus. The brushed stainless steel design is classic and looks good on any countertop, as well as matching any kitchen decor.

The Cuisinart CBK-200 retails for $129, but Amazon offers it at $116 and includes free shipping.

The manual for this bread machine is available online here:

 

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