Cuisinart CBK 200 Bread Maker Review
Just like the CBK 100, the CBK 200 has a convection fan that results in a crispier crust. The unit also makes beep signals to tell you that the kneading is done and that you can remove the loaf from the machine.
You can deactivate the signal by pressing the mix-in buttons once, then pressing the start button. The LED light will turn off, indicating that the beep signals have been canceled.
The CBK-200 has this small LCD screen that lets you know information such as time remaining, crust color, and loaf size. It would have been a lot better had Cuisinart made it back-lit as reading the display on the LCD screen can be quite difficult.
In operating this machine, you will start by selecting a number corresponding to the cycle you desire. There are different buttons for the loaf size, crust color, delay timer, and mix-ins options. When you choose the latter, you’ll hear several alert beeps later on. The beeps indicate that you can add other ingredients like raisins, carrots and nuts. The final two buttons are stop/pause and start.
Simply put, the controls are very easy to use.
The CBK-200 also has 16 cycles similar to its cousin. Although 16 menu programs are nice, what this unit lacks is the customized cycles. If you’re an experienced baker, you may miss the option to reprogram or tweak settings. But if you’re a neophyte bread machine maker, using the factory settings may not really bother you.
It has a power failure backup function, which resumes the baking cycle once power is restored. But unlike other bread machines, the back-up function of the CBK-200 is good for just 15 minutes. Thus, if the power interruption in your area lasts for longer, then you’ll have to restart the baking cycle again.
A unique feature of the CBK-200 is the pan size, which can be described as a cross between horizontal and vertical. While Cuisinart may have intended it to give CBK-200 users the best of both worlds, so to speak, many customer testimonials indicate the hybrid size of the pan is actually counterproductive.
They argue that with the weird size of the pan, they have to scrape some of the ingredients out of the corners to prevent the loaves form having floured corners.
You can refer to the instructional manual on the times for the pre-heat, knead, rise, and bake. The unit, though, will make beeps to alert you when to add additional ingredients like nuts and when to remove the paddle.
Speaking of the kneading paddle, there are three sets of six beeps that the unit will make to remind you that you have to remove the paddle. This occurs before the final cycle when mixing and kneading were done.
To remove the paddle, press the pause button once. This will make the machine pause for 15 minutes. This also gives you enough time to open the lid, take out the pan, remove the dough and paddle, put the dough back and close the lid.
You can then press the start button again so that the machine will continue with its baking cycle, or simply wait for the 15-minute period to lapse and the bread maker to resume.