When you are selling your home, many people suggest having a fresh pot of coffee brewing or some freshly baked bread in the house. The smell of freshly baked bread is one of those things that make us feel contented. Maybe it’s the anticipation of eating – but whatever it is, making bread at home is becoming ever more popular. The taste of homemade bread is far superior to the type of bread that many people are used to eating, a mass produced innocuous loaf of sliced, white bread.
This delectable taste of homemade bread has led to an explosion of home bread makers. Simply adding the ingredients and pressing a few buttons results in a mouth-watering fresh loaf of bread without any of the heavy work that is traditionally associated with home bread making. Many bread makers will make loaves of a variety of sizes, small, medium, large and extra-large. One of the minor irritations with a bread maker that produces multiple loaf sizes is that, because all the sizes use the same baking pan, you may up with some slightly unusually shaped loaves.
An extra-large two pound loaf typically comes out quite tall and thin. The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 (see today's price) takes a slightly different approach in that it makes only a two pound loaf. Its baking tin is shaped so that the end result looks like a loaf that we are more familiar with and the slices from the loaf are toaster or sandwich ready. To accommodate its longer loaf, the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 has two mixing paddles to ensure that the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 bakes a wide variety of types of bread, including gluten free, as well as giving you a choice of crust shade. In addition to baking bread the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 will also bake a cake, including doing the mixing of the ingredients. It can even make jams!
Although the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 has a similar volume to other bread makers that are capable of making a two pound loaf of bread, the footprint is slightly different to what would be considered a standard bread maker. It is slightly longer but at the same time not as tall as many of its competitor two pound bread makers. The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 measures 13 inches x 18 inches x 10 ½ inches and weighs just over 22 pounds.
One of the first thing that you will notice about the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 is that it has two mixing paddles as opposed to the one paddle that most bread makers have. These two mixing paddles are important to ensure that all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and that the dough is fully kneaded. Any loaf that is made in the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 can have your choice of three crust shades, light, medium or dark to suit your preference. There are 10 preset programs to select from: a basic white loaf, a basic whole-wheat loaf, and basic dough setting. There is also a quick bake setting for a basic white loaf, a whole-wheat loaf or quick dough. The gluten free setting is perfect for those with conditions such as celiac disease who would like the convenience of making their special bread at home. On top of all these settings you’ll also find a homemade setting which gives you a marvelous loaf just like grandma used to bake. This homemade setting allows you to program the bread maker to your own settings – the recipe book even suggests that you can make meatloaf using the homemade function! Last but not least, the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 offers settings for making jams, marmalades and chutneys, baking a cake (including mixing the ingredients) and making a sour dough starter mix.
Making your bread in the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 is simplicity itself. As with every bread recipe it is recommended that for the best results fresh ingredients be used as these will react well when making the dough. The manufacturer’s instruction booklet emphasizes the need for accurate measurements to obtain the best results.
What Zojirushi does differently in their recipe book is give the recommended weight measure of ingredients to allow for precision when measuring your ingredients. Then select your program and come back when your bread is ready. The BB-PAC20 ensures the success of your efforts by an additional heater in the lid. This gives all-round heating to the bread as it bakes.
In addition to baking the bread right away, there is the option of a delay of up to 13 hours. This is great is you want to wake up to, or come home to freshly baked bread. Just add the ingredients before you go to bed or to work, set the delay timer and leave it.
When the bread is ready the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 will automatically switch over to a keep warm setting for 60 minutes before switching off. Although this is primarily designed to make sure that condensation doesn’t collect and make the bread damp, it also keeps the bread nice and warm until you are ready for it.
It seems that a great deal of thought and design effort have gone into making the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Bread Maker. It is specifically designed to make larger loaves of bread and the shape of the baking pan, the two mixing paddles and the additional heater in the lid all work together to make sure that the best result possible is achieved. While many of the features it has are shared with other bread makers, there are some additional features that make this bread maker a little bit better.
Features like a battery powered clock that will retain the memory of the program being used in case of short power outages. All bread maker manufacturers emphasize the need for accuracy with measuring the ingredients when making bread, the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 recipe booklet is one of the rare ones that help you do this by giving measures by weight (as well as by cups). The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 is one of the top five bestselling bread makers on Amazon and users seem very happy with their bread makers.
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