Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker Review

24.2Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker Review

Zojirushi has a good reputation in the world of bread machines, and this machine is no exception. There are numerous features that even the most novice baker will appreciate, and pros will feel right at home, too. As with many Zojirushi models, the loaf pan shape allows bakers the ability to create loaves that look home made. A fully customizable setting also allows the user to bake many recipes that other bread machines couldnÕt handle, such as meatloaf. Of course, there are a few things to consider before making a purchase, and one major flaw which might make you think twice about buying this particular model, despite the delicious bread it produces. Read on for the details.

Key features

  • Dual dough blade
  • Horizontal loaf pan
  • 10 pre-programmed settings
  • 3 crust shades
  • Viewing window
  • 13 hour delay timer

The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound Loaf Breadmaker is a versatile bread machine for the home cook. The machine offers ten different pre-programmed settings that can accommodate recipes from meatloaf to croissants, as well as ordinary farmhouse white bread. A large viewing window lets you see how your bread is doing while it bakes, and three crust shades ensure a crust texture that the whole family will love. Using the delay timer means you can enjoy your bread when you want it, too. The horizontal loaf pan is another big plus – it looks like you baked your bread from scratch, not in the machine.

Loaf size and shape

This Zojirushi breadmaker creates loaves that are rectangular in shape, and bear a close resemblance in size and form to store-bought bread. Forget the dead giveaways that you used a bread machine to bake. With Zojirushi’s BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme, the credit is all yours. Loaf size, as with many Zojirushi machines, is restricted to 2 lb. loaves.

Dimensions

9″ x 17″ x 12″ inches

Settings and cycles

There are ten different cycle settings on this machine, including 3 quick bake settings (basic, basic wheat, basic dough, quick, quick wheat, quick dough, jam, cake, sourdough starter, and home made). The home made setting is fully customizable, though. This makes your cycle settings as limitless as your imagination. 3 crust shade settings (light, medium, and dark) ensure that you get the right crust texture, too.

Cycle length

  1.  Basic (3 hours 45 minutes)
  2.  Basic wheat (3 hours 40 minutes)
  3.  Basic dough (1 hour 50 minutes)
  4.  Quick (2 hours 18 minutes)
  5.  Quick wheat (2 hours 8 minutes)
  6.  Quick dough (45 minutes)
  7. Jam (1 hour 20 minutes)
  8.  Cake (2 hours)
  9.  Sourdough starter (2 hours 10 minutes)
  10.  Home made

Additional features

One feature which isn’t really discussed much is the preheat cycle included on this model. It can be turned on or off at the user’s will, and is a big plus when you want your bake cycle to be just right for a quick bread or cake.

This machine is accompanied by a measuring cup and spoon of decent quality. The bread maker manual, as with most Zojirushi bread machines, includes quite a few delicious recipes that are sure to capture the imagination of new and experienced bakers, and to please the palates of guests and family alike.

Pros

Ten settings, one of which is fully programmable, make baking an easy task, even for beginners. The non-stick pan, dual paddles, and the horizontal loaf shape all help to create the perfect size for every loaf you create. The machine also features a convenient viewing window that helps you keep an eye on your bread.

Cons

The primary drawback of this breadmaker is its failure to brown the top crust. Unfortunately, the lack of a heating element in the lid means that the top crust of this Zojirushi’s loaves tends to remain soft and pale, even if the bottom crust browns. This flaw is enough to make some buyers reconsider. The price point is also fairly high, coming in at roughly $239.00 on Amazon.com on average.

Conclusion

Zojirushi’s BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme is a solid bread machine that makes for a smart investment if you love good bread. The machine isn’t cheap, though, and it won’t make a top-browned loaf, factors you should consider before making a purchase. The number of baking cycle options, and the numerous possibilities afforded by the fully programmable home made cycle are big plus points for many home bakers, however. This is a solid model, but keep in mind the crust issue when buying.

The manual is available on the Zojirushi website, at the following link

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