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Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine (Model BBCC-X20)

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The Bottom Line

Zojirushi's Home Bakery bread machine is a favorite among baking aficionados, but there are a few small drawbacks.
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Pros

  • Makes a conventionally shaped loaf
  • Two paddles for even mixing and kneading
  • Users can program their own recipe settings

Cons

  • No option to make different loaf sizes
  • Crust control cannot be used on most of the settings
  • Comes with an instructional video, but it's a VHS tape, which few people use anymore

Description

  • Large viewing window
  • Ten settings include quick baking cycle, sourdough starter, cake and jam settings
  • 13-hour programmable timer
  • Setting to control crust color
  • Includes 3 memory settings to program for personal recipes
  • Makes one 2-pound loaf in a conventional loaf shape
  • Comes with a liquid measuring cup and a double-ended measuring spoon and an instruction booklet with recipes

Guide Review - Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine (Model BBCC-X20)

The Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme is a favorite among home bakers. At $200, it's also one of the most expensive on the market. Is it worth it?

One of the biggest advantages of this bread machine is it makes conventional-shaped loaves, not the tall, square loaves that most breadmakers produce. It has two kneading blades, which mixes ingredients evenly. The motor is quite powerful, kneading even very stiff doughs with ease, and the machine is quieter than some other breadmakers.

The bread machine has a preheat function (to bring ingredients to optimal temperature), but if you're in a hurry, it can be turned off. In fact, the Quick Bake cycle allows you to make bread in 2 hours, and the Quick Dough cycle will have dough ready in 45 minutes.

Three programmable settings allow you to program kneading, proofing and baking times for your own recipes. The machine can also be used to make cake, jam and even baked dishes like meatloaf and lasagna.

The Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme has a signal to indicate when dried fruit or nuts should be added. However, this beeping signal cannot be turned off, which can annoying if you've set the machine to make bread overnight.

Other downsides to the Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme are that sometimes a loaf will come out lopsided (This can be fixed by checking to make sure dough is evenly distributed before baking begins). The two kneading blades also means your loaf will have two holes in it. I've occasionally discovered that when using the "Dough" cycle, there appears to be a dark substance in the dough next to the kneading blades, as if oil had leached into the dough. It's also a shame the company doesn't update its instructional video to more current DVD format.

The Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme is a well-built, well-designed machine, but the few drawbacks might make some wonder if it's worth the price tag.

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User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
1- month old Zojirushi bread pan coating is off, Member ljivv

Buyer Beware: My brand new (one month old) Zojirushi breadmaker pan has such soft Teflon coating that 2 spots rubbed off after only five loaves. No utensils have ever touched it, only bread dough. The company is NOT standing behind it -- doesn't seem to care at all -- because I didn't buy it through one of their preferred vendors. The replacement pan is $112! I would think they'd be trying to figure out what is wrong with my pan's coating, but they don't seem interested. They just keep saying that Teflon is safe. I don't think the life span of this pan is going to be very long, and expected more for the price. All their customer service cares about is where it was purchased and is not standing behind their brand for quality -- very disappointing.

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