Tired of staring at the bread machine, waiting to add raisins or nuts to the dough at just the right moment? Nuts! Consider getting a bread maker with an automatic fruit and nut dispenser. Then the machine can do the waiting for you while you get on with other things.
We have chosen a few of the best bread machines with a fruit and nut dispenser. We look at the features, costs and benefits of the Breadman TR2500BC, the Panasonic SD-RD250 and the Breville BBM800XL.
Breadman TR2500BC with Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser
Features of the TR2500BC
- 24-hour delay timer for delayed start baking.
- Automatic fruit nut herb dispenser.
- Bread loaf sizes: one pound, one and a half and two pounds.
- Convection fan circulates hot air for crispier crusts.
- Light, medium or dark crust colors.
- Low carb and gluten free bread menu programs.
- Single non-collapsible kneading blade.
- It has a list price greater than $100 (prices at Amazon.com).
How To Use The Breadman TR2500BC’s Fruit and Nut Dispenser
Remove the bread pan and place the kneading paddle on its drive shaft. Follow the bread machine bread recipe and add the ingredients. Remember to add the yeast, or baking soda, on top of the dry ingredients so it stays dry until the first kneading cycle begins. Replace the baking pan inside the baking chamber of the Breadman TR2500BC (watch video).
You use the select button to select the bread program that matches the bread machine recipe. Choose the crust color with the crust control button.
Please note that the loaf size selection button does not work with the Sweet, Jam and Pizza Dough settings. The TR2500BC will use its default loaf size of 2 pounds. The bread machine gets the best results with a 2-pound loaf size, especially if you are going to add nuts and seeds.
You are now ready to fill the automatic fruit and nut dispenser. Take care not to add more than two thirds of a cup (about 5 ounces) or the dispenser will overflow. Do not use the automatic dispenser for spices and make sure all the fresh ingredients you rinsed with water are completely dry before adding it.
Press the start button to begin the bread making process. The fruit dispenser will drop the ingredients into the dough at a preset time.
—> Read our review of the Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus bread machine.
Panasonic SD-RD250 with Automatic Raisin Dispenser
The Panasonic SD-RD250 automatic bread machine has only five programs: Basic, French, Pasta, Pizza Dough, and Bake Only. You are not faced with a multitude of bread making programs. You simply have less options to choose from: make bread, bake bread or knead and rise dough.
You can choose between a medium or extra large loaf size and a light or dark crust color. It has a 13-hour delay timer. The timer button is also used for setting the baking time of the bake program.
The Panasonic SD-RD250 has a nonstick baking pan with a diamond-fluorine coating that is resistant to scratching. It has an automatic dispenser for dropping raisins, nuts or seeds into the dough.
- The price is almost $200 (available at Amazon.com).
- It does not have a viewing window in the lid.
- It does not have a whole wheat setting, so it is not suitable for baking 100% whole wheat bread.
- Nonstick bread pan is easy to clean.
- The automatic raisin and nut dispenser.
How To Use The Panasonic SD-RD250’s Raisin Dispenser
You put the ingredients into the raisin nut dispenser. Do this after you insert the bread pan into the baking chamber and before you choose a bread type.
Avoid extras that are coated with sugar because the sugar will get sticky and prevent the extras from falling into the bread pan. You also need to clean the stickiness from the dispenser afterwards.
You should add fresh fruit directly to the bread pan. Do not load fresh fruit into the dispenser because it is too moist. Cheese and chocolate are other ingredients that will melt and stick inside the automatic dispenser, so add these ingredients directly into the dough.
Dried fruits and nuts can be chopped into fine pieces. Do not add whole nuts and seeds because it might scratch the nonstick coating of the bread pan. You may load dried or fresh herbs into the dispenser if the recipe requires it.
—> Read our review of the Panasonic SD-RD250 bread machine.
Breville BBM800XL with Automatic Nut and Fruit Dispenser
The Breville BBM800XL can handle 4 different loaf sizes from 1 pound up to 2.5 pounds. Choose between 14 automatic settings and 3 crust colors. The menu settings are Custom, Basic, Basic Rapid, Whole Wheat, Whole Wheat Rapid, Gluten Free, Crusty Loaf, Sweet, Yeast Free, Dough (Bread), Dough (Pizza), Dough (Pasta), Bake Only and Jam.
You are able to modify the preheat, knead, rise, punch-down, bake and keep warm times of the “Custom” setting. You can store your customized times and temperatures in the bread machine’s memory.
The Breville BBM800XL has a collapsible kneading paddle which folds down before the baking starts to decrease the hole left in the bottom of the bread. It also comes with a fixed paddle that is used exclusively when making jam with the jam setting.
The Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf costs more than $200, which makes it an expensive bread machine (check the latest prices at Amazon.com).
- Automatic fruit and nut dispenser.
- Backlit LCD screen with progress indicator which is easy to read.
- It has a high price, but it is packed to the brim with features and settings.
- Custom menu setting for programming and saving your own times and temperatures.
How do you use the Breville BBM800XL’s automatic nut dispenser?
You remove the bread pan, insert the collapsible paddle, add the ingredients and then replace the bread pan inside the bread machine. Before closing the baking chamber’s lid, find the dispenser outlet at the bottom of the lid. Make sure it is closed.
Close the baking chamber lid. Open the inlet of the automatic fruit and nut dispenser and load it with the dried fruits, chopped nuts, herbs and seeds. Do not overload the dispenser: it can only hold a maximum of 3/4 cup of ingredients. Never use the dispenser for liquids!
You can continue by plugging in the bread machine and selecting the setting, crust color and loaf size. The automatic fruit and nut dispenser only works with the following menu settings: Basic, Basic Rapid, Whole Wheat, Whole Wheat Rapid, Gluten Free, Crusty Loaf, Sweet, Yeast Free and Dough (all three dough programs). The dispenser opens up about 8 minutes before the end of the second kneading phase.
—> Read our review of the Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf.
The Breville BBM800XL has more options than the Panasonic SD-RD250, but the Panasonic bread machine costs less than the Breville BBM800XL. The Breadman TR2500BC is the cheapest option of the three. Consider their features before deciding how much money you are willing to pay for a bread maker with a fruit and nut dispenser.
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