Baking the perfect loaf of bread

Cuisinart bread maker offers plenty of features and options for the home baker.

On-demand bread. Cuisinart

The scent of a freshly baked loaf of bread might possibly be the best smell ever. Sure, a case could be made for chocolate chip cookies or a sizzling pan of bacon, but when it comes down to instinct, nothing beats a hot loaf of bread. It's probably even in our DNA. Thousands of years of mastering the cultivation of wheat has led us to the point that we can now simply push a few buttons and have fresh baked bread in our homes. After assembling the ingredients first, that is. I still haven't seen a home-delivery service solely dedicated to bread.

Meanwhile, the Cuisinart CBK-200 2-pound Convection Bread Maker is a good choice. The convection bread maker automatically circulates air while adjusting speed and timing. With 16 preprogrammed menu options, three crust colors, and three loaf sizes to choose from, the possibilities are practically endless. Special features include healthy options for low-carb and gluten-free breads, while the artisan-dough setting produces chewier textures and rustic crusts.

Additional options round out the features on this bread maker. While it does have a standard audible tone for alerting you when to add in "mix-ins," a second tone signals when to optionally remove the paddle for baking. Alternatively, you could hand-shape the dough when you hear this second alert, creating exactly the type of loaf you want. We've sure come a long way in our collective bread-making abilities.

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    Brian is the author of the culinary based novel Stealing Food Road. A lifelong Californian, he has been consistently exposed to some of the best food in the world. With a deep appreciation for the kitchen, he is always on the lookout for that perfect appliance that combines style and grace with the ever-popular ability to save time.

     

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