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Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker Review

Do you love serving fresh loaves of bread with your meals? Then you'll find the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser to be too good of a machine to pass up. This small appliance mixes, kneads, rises and bakes bread, with such selections as white, whole wheat, French and multigrain. It can also prepare non-yeast foods like quick breads, cakes and pastries. And if you want to prepare a fresh pizza or focaccia bread, the Panasonic will whip these up as well. Easy to keep clean and fun to use, the bread maker has a 13-hour delay timer, nonstick bread pan and array of customizable options to ensure that everything comes out just right. 

Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker Specifications:
Average Price: $174.99
Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.5 x 9 inches; 15.4 pounds
Settings: White, whole wheat, multigrain, French, quick breads/cakes
Features: 13-hour delay timer; mixes, kneads, rises and bakes, three loaf sizes of up to 2 ½ pounds
Includes: Recipe book with 40 breads and doughs
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What’s So Great About the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker ?

Versatile: If this automatic bread maker could boil water, it would be the only appliance you would need in your kitchen. The Panasonic SD-YD250 combines convenience and functionality to make cooking yeast products a breeze. There are settings for white, whole wheat, multigrain and French breads, with each setting programmed to cook to perfection. The bread machine can also bake non-yeast products like quick breads and sweet cakes. Even fruit breads can be prepared with this machine since a beeper signals when to add fruit so that it doesn't overcook. The bread maker can also whip up pizza dough, croissants, pastries and focaccia bread. 

Unique Design: At first glance, you may think that the manufacturer omitted a viewing window by accident. However, by not having a viewing window, the bread is able to achieve excellent crust, rising and color. Also the machine has a temperature control program that adjusts the temperature and times during each stage of the cooking process. Even climate and room temperature won't have an effect on the bread thanks to the microprocessor program that ensures perfect temperature the entire way through. 

Smart Features: The Panasonic SD-YD250 understands the needs of today’s modern families. That’s why it includes smart features that make the machine even more practical than it already is. The 13-hour delay start timer makes is possible to set the machine before you leave for work, arriving home to freshly baked bread. The baking pan is nonstick so that cleanups are easy. There is even a YeastPro automatic yeast dispenser included so that all you have to do is measure out the yeast in the holder’s lid, and the YeastPro dispenser will automatically add the yeast at the right time. 

Customizable Options: Whether you’re cooking for yourself or an entire family, the Panasonic SD-YD250 will meet your needs. Choose from three loaf sizes – medium, large and extra large – as well as three crust shades ranging from light to dark. Everything is programmed from the convenient LCD screen, with the six program options being basic, whole wheat, multigrain, French, pizza and cake. There are further baking modes that include bake only, rapid bake, raisin and sandwich. When cooking dough, choose from pizza, rolls and raisin dough. Each setting ensures that the bread is cooked to perfection. 


What’s Not So Great About the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker?

Bread Pan Shape: The shape of the bread pan is long and narrow, which means you get long and narrow loaves of bread. This is fine if you’re making a small loaf, but if you choose to make a large one, the loaf will come out very tall. Reviewers say that they would have preferred a horizontally shaped bread pan instead of a vertical one to make large loaves that are more evened out. With the shape of the bread pan, many people avoid making large loaves and stick to making several smaller loaves.

Requires Diligence: Like other bread machines on the market, the Panasonic SD-YD250 is not a machine where you can toss in the ingredients and press a button. The manual can be a bit confusing to read, but you should take your time to understand the machine before using it. You’ll also need to use high quality ingredients, such as bread flour instead of regular flour. The recipe book that is included with the bread machine should be used first, as these recipes are the ones that will work best in the machine, providing you follow them precisely. Also note that all Panasonic recipes list ingredients by weight instead of volume, which has led some people to purchase digital scales to measure out ingredients. 


Is the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker a Great Purchase?

The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker makes a smart purchase for the bread lover. This machine operates quietly, has a never-ending menu of customizable options and a simple design. Once you get the hang of making recipes in the machine, you’ll find it easy and straightforward to operate. With smart features like a 13-hour delay timer, you can preset the bread machine to have a warm loaf of bread in the morning or pizza dough in the evening. Functional, practical and just plain fun to experiment with, anyone who loves to fresh bread and dough will enjoy the Panasonic bread maker.

 

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