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The Cuisinart CBK-100 is a sleek, modern bread machine that will make 1-, 1.5-, or 2-pound loaves of bread. It features 12 pre-programmed settings including some notable ones such as gluten-free, pasta dough, and packet mix where you could insert a mix if you don’t want to get all the different ingredients to make bread. You can set the bread machine to one of 3 crust settings: light, medium, and dark. There’s also a 13-hour delay timer that you can take advantage of to delay the baking process up to 13 hours. The large viewing window at the top will allow you to watch the progress of your bread. The removable baking pan also comes with a single removable kneading blade.
The machine has a beautiful silver finish. It’s reminiscent of Breville or Zojirushi’s high-end bread makers. The shape is also similar. Most high-end machines are rectangular. Its modern look would match or become the center piece in any kitchen. However, it can be quite bulky for a small kitchen, so make sure you have a dedicated space in your kitchen if you’re going to buy this.
Our Cuisinart CBK-100 Review
We made a few loaves with the Cuisinart CBK-100 to test it out. One of the great features of this bread maker is the notifications. If your recipes typically incorporate fruits, nuts, seeds, cheese, or other extra ingredients, the bread maker will notify you when it’s time to add them. There will be 5 short beeps during the last 8 minutes of the second kneading cycle on several pre-programmed settings to remind you to add them. But that’s not all. After all the kneading is complete, the machine will beep 6 times to let you know that you can remove the kneading blade at this point to avoid having a hole baked into the bottom of your bread. You can make beautiful bread with this machine because of this great feature.
Make sure you add the liquids first and then the dry ingredients next. There’s an instruction booklet and recipe book that comes with this machine to help you. So even if you’re new to bread making, you shouldn’t have a problem using this machine. As with most machines, you set the volume first (for example, 2-pounds), then select the crust shade, then select which mode you want (for example, basic). Then press start. The menu on the Cuisinart CBK-100 is incredibly simple to operate. When your bread is done baking, it will beep 15 times to let you know. You should remove it once the baking cycle is complete and let cool on a baking rack. But if you don’t happen to be around, the machine will help you keep the bread warm for up to an hour.
With this machine, we think it handles extra ingredients really well. Whether it’s cheese, nuts, or fruits, the machine will tell you when it’s time to add them and the loaves turn out beautiful. They’re well incorporated. Plus, Cuisinart designed this machine so that you can remove the kneading blade and avoid it baking into your bread. This helps make the loaves even more beautiful! That said, we were extremely pleased with the overall function and design of this machine.
Cuisinart CBK-100 Rating
Quality of Bread
Don’t let the price fool you, the Cuisinart CBK-100 is a solid bread machine. If there’s any flaw, it would be the size of the machine. Otherwise the Cuisinart ranks amongst the top in terms of features, quality, and versatility.
Cuisinart CBK-100 Features At A Glance
- Makes a classic horizontal 1-, 1.5-, 2-pound loaf
- Bakes bread in 2 hours, and has a 13-hour delay timer
- Beautiful silver finish
- Has a large viewing window
- Has 12 pre-programmed settings: basic, French, whole wheat, sweet, gluten-free, packet mix, cake, dough, pasta dough, jam, bake-only, and rapid bake
- Has 3 crust settings
- Comes with instruction manual, “foolproof” recipe book, removable bake pan with a single removable kneading blade, measuring spoon, and measuring cup
When we received the Cuisinart CBK-100 we immediately felt it was a high-end machine despite paying less than $100 for it. But after we tested it we confirmed that it was indeed a great bread machine. It’s really simple to use and the bread comes out remarkably well. We want to note that it’s not only the regular breads but the specialty breads as well. There are quite a few useful options built into this machine. Plus it’s really versatile – makes everything from “packet mix” bread to gluten-free bread. Since it makes 1 to 2 pound bread, we would recommend it to small and large families alike.
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