Cuisinart CBK-100 Bread Maker Machine – Full Review
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Cuisinart CBK-100 Bread Maker Machine – Full Review

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Want a good bread maker at an affordable price? The Conair Cuisinart CBK-100 2 Lb. bread maker is one worth taking a look at. This feature-rich bread machine bridges the gap between pricier models that do it all and bare bones basic bread makers that do nothing but mix and bake using a single option. While you’ll have to add mix-ins such as nuts, raisins, or seeds on your own at the end of the mixing cycle, you can make a variety of recipes without having to make an extra effort.

With twelve preprogrammed menu options including a special rapid bake cycle designed to deliver hot, fresh bread quickly, the Cuisinart CBK-100 lets you make sweet bread, wheat bread, quick breads and cakes, fresh pasta dough to shape into noodles or ravioli, and much more. Like some other bread makers, it offers a special cycle for making gluten-free breads that turn out looking and tasting better than some of the pricey loaves available at the supermarket. Additionally, it features a delay start that lets you choose when your bread will be ready to eat. If you’re planning to make dinner after a long day at work, you can make things easier on yourself and still enjoy fresh bread by setting up your breadmaker accordingly.

The CBK-100 Cuisinart bread maker is designed for easy cleanup, both inside and out. The interior offers a smooth, nonstick baking pan that washes up quickly with just a little soap and warm water, and the mixing blade detaches so that you can ensure the baking chamber stays sanitary. The machine’s exterior features a removable lid and a sleek control panel that are equally easy to clean. The gleaming stainless steel finish is a really nice touch, and something I was surprised to see in an appliance at this price.

These are just a few highlights. Read on for more details about the pros and cons that come with owning the Conair Cuisinart CBK-100 2 Lb. bread maker.

Three Loaf Sizes

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Some bread machines restrict your options to just one loaf size. The Conair Cuisinart bread maker gives you more flexibility, allowing you to choose between a 1-pound, 1.5-pound, or 2-pound loaf. This is a very nice feature, as you can make just the right amount of bread to last for a day or two. Keep in mind that fresh bread contains none of the preservatives you’ll find in loaves purchased from the supermarket, meaning your bread will taste its best when consumed within a day or two of baking. Of course, if you’re planning a large dinner, you can make bread and/or dough ahead of time, wrap it well and refrigerate or freeze it, then thaw it out and bake it or warm it in the oven, if you like!

Three Crust Shade Options

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Choose from light, medium, or dark for crust. The crust color button makes it simple to ensure that your bread has the look, flavor, and texture that you prefer.

Exciting Menu Settings

Cuisinart CBK-100-3If you’ve been baking long enough, you might remember some of the first bread machines to arrive on the market. These were pretty basic, but still, they offered convenience and delivered a tasty finished product. The Conair Cuisinart CBK-100 is like several other updated bread machines in that it offers quite an interesting array of menu options that let you enjoy a variety of baked goods. With eleven menu settings, it makes baking fresh bread just about foolproof. Menu options include:

  • Basic / White – makes an attractive, delicious loaf of white bread
  • French / Italian – gives you a nicely browned, crisp crust like breads from your favorite bakery
  • Whole Wheat Bread – designed for recipes that use 50% or more wheat flour
  • Sweet Bread – meant for breads with higher sugar, protein, and/or fat content than standard recipes
  • Gluten Free – designed to handle the unique ingredients that go into gluten-free baked goods; mixes them properly and provides a single rise instead of two
  • Packaged mix – lets you take advantage of convenient packaged bread mixes; 1-1/2 to 2 pound breads are ideal
  • Cake / Quick Bread – accommodates batter breads such as pumpkin and zuchinni
  • Dough – use the dough cycle to mix and knead the dough, and to give it a single rise before shaping into rolls or artisanal loaves; ideal for pizza dough as well
  • Pasta Dough – Mixes dough for homemade pasta
  • Jam – makes jam and chutney to use immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer for later use
  • Bake Only – setting activates the “bake” cycle, and lets you select a time between 1 and 90 minutes; ideal for store-bought doughs, warming breads, and darkening crusts; also good for baking quick breads mixed outside the bread maker
  • Rapid Bake – designed to work with recipes that call for rapid rise yeast

Time Delay and Start / Stop Button

Choose when to begin the baking cycle so that you can enjoy fresh bread when it’s most convenient for you. Just place the ingredients into the pan as directed in the instruction manual, set the function you’d like, and then select the time delay button. You can set the Cuisinart CBK-100 to start up to 13 hours after adding ingredients.

The start / stop button is another nice feature that lets you add special ingredients or pause the machine for another reason.

Power Failure Backup System

One of the nicest things about the Conair Cuisinart bread maker is that it is equipped with a power failure backup system. In the event you experience a power outage or the power supply is compromised for any reason, your bread maker will store information about the cycle it’s currently running, and hold that information for up to 15 minutes. Operation resumes when power is restored.

Dishwasher Safe Parts

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Most bread makers have nonstick baking pans, but the Cuisinart CBK-100 takes this feature to the next level by offering a baking pan and mixing paddle that are dishwasher safe for even easier cleanup! The measuring cup and spoon are also dishwasher safe.

Attractive Design

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It’s true that performance matters more than looks (at least that’s my opinion!) but this Cuisinart bread maker delivers more than just a nicely baked loaf. It features an attractive, modern design with an embossed logo, and its stainless steel exterior is very easy to keep clean. Easy cleanup is facilitated by a removable lid that lets you make quick work of any spills, plus a flat LCD control panel that doesn’t trap dust or debris.

FAQs

 “Does gluten-free bread turn out well when made with this machine?”

Yes, it turns out just beautifully. You can use recipes or mixes.

“Is there a display window in the top of the lid?”

Yes, there is a small window that you can look into to see how your bread is coming along.

“Can I add things other than basic ingredients, i.e. seeds, raisins, nuts, or sprouted grains?”

Yes! You can add all kinds of things to your bread dough. There is a special alarm that goes off when it’s time to add extras.

“How long does the rapid baking cycle take?”

The rapid bake cycle takes approximately two hours to complete. Be sure to follow the instructions in the accompanying manual, especially the one re: choosing this cycle for use with rapid rise yeast only. You can modify almost any bread recipe by substituting rapid rise yeast for regular; just be certain that you also change the amount of ingredients so that you’ll get a single 1-1/2 pound loaf. There is no option for choosing a different loaf size when you use this setting.

 “Is the baking pan coated with Teflon, or something else?”

The bread pan is nonstick, but it achieves this effect via Silverstone instead of Teflon. It won’t flake off the way Teflon can, however it can be scratched, which will cause things to stick as time goes by. Never use metal knives, spatulas, etc. to remove bread, and the coating should keep its non-stick characteristic for a long time. If you have a problem with the coating coming off, you can order a replacement pan from the manufacturer’s website.

“Does the CBK-100 come with a cookbook?”

Yes, it does! All of the recipes are easy to follow, and all the ones I’ve tried have been delicious.

“Can you make substitutions with the recipes or use recipes from other sources, or do you have to stick with the ones in the book that comes with the machine?”

You can easily experiment with recipes, use old family favorites, find new ones online, etc. The only thing to watch is yield. If you are using a recipe that’s not designed for use with a bread machine, then you will want to ensure that you use enough ingredients for just a single loaf, and consider comparing those amounts with the ones in recipes for use with bread makers to ensure that you don’t make too much. I made the mistake of blindly following a pumpkin bread recipe that makes two loaves, and ended up with one giant mess! Do note though: any time you experiment with substitutions, i.e. using spelt flour instead of wheat, you run the risk of making a mistake. The results might look funny but will probably taste good, just keep on trying until you get the consistency you prefer.

“Does this bread maker make sourdough bread?”

Yes, you can make sourdough bread with the Cuisinart bread maker. There is a recipe for it in the accompanying booklet, or you can use a recipe that you are already familiar with.

“Does the CBK-100 make horizontal or vertical loaves of bread?”

This bread maker produces horizontal loaves. When you make a 1.5-pound loaf of bread, it measures about 4×6 inches and is about 4 inches high, depending on which recipe you used, of course.

Conclusion

The Conair Cuisinart CBK-100 2 Lb. bread maker offers lots of exciting features at an affordable price, and it gets mostly positive reviews from users. I tried hard to find something not to like about this machine, but in keeping with Cuisinart’s reputation for producing high-quality kitchen appliances, it delivered an outstanding performance each time I used it. You can make everything from quick bread to pizza dough and fresh pasta dough, and as with other bread makers, you are in complete control of what goes into the mix. The recipes in the accompanying booklet are varied and delicious, with things to try other than just plain homemade bread. The CBK-100 stands apart by offering a dishwasher safe baking chamber and paddle, and while it doesn’t take long to hand wash these components, it’s definitely a feature worth mentioning. On top of all this, the Cuisinart CBK-100 is a very simple, straightforward bread machine to use, and its attractive appearance makes it a nice addition to any contemporary kitchen. You can find the Conair Cuisinart CBK-100 2 Lb. bread maker for sale at online retailers including Amazon.

Anne Kennedy

Anne Kennedy

Hi! I’m Anne Kennedy, a nonfiction author, dedicated foodie, and contributor to Top 5 Reviews. I started contributing to this site in 2015 with the goal of helping others select quality home goods that help make busy lives easier. It’s interesting – and a lot of fun – to test things like bread machines, juicers, and of course coffee makers, learn what different models have to offer, and see how they compare with one another before passing my findings about the best ones on to you. Happy hunting!
Anne Kennedy
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