An automatic dispenser that adds the yeast at the right moment during the mixing cycle? This specific feature on a bread maker is very rare indeed. There is only one option to consider and it is the Panasonic SD-YD250 bread maker.
Panasonic SD-YD250 with Yeast Dispenser
The Panasonic SD-YD250 bread machine (watch video) measures 14 x 13.5 x 9 inches (width, height, depth), weighs 15 pounds and has a white color finish. It has a removable nonstick coated baking pan with a wire handle for easy removal of the pan and of the bread. This also makes it easier to clean. The baking pan can accommodate a medium, large or extra large (1.5, 2 or 2.5-pound) loaf size. It has a single kneading paddle.
The top-loading locking lid has no viewing window, but it has an automatic yeast dispenser. This dispenser is filled with yeast which is then automatically dispensed into the baking pan during mixing.
The control panel features the LCD screen and soft-touch buttons. Use it to choose the loaf size, crust color (light, medium or dark) and bread program. The bread baking options are Basic, Whole Wheat, Multi-Grain, French and Baking Only. Use the pizza dough mode for kneading various types of dough.
The 13-hour timer can be used to delay the baking cycle. Put the ingredients in the baking pan, the yeast in the yeast dispenser and set the timer so the bread is baked and ready to eat in the morning or the afternoon. The yeast dispenser keeps the yeast separated from the liquids in the baking pan until it is dropped into the dough during kneading.
This Panasonic bread machine cooks with 550 Watts and runs on a power supply of 120 AC and 60 Hz. The power-interruption protection feature is good for almost 10 minutes, so if power is quickly restored the current baking cycle will resume and finish.
- It costs more than $100.
- It does not have a viewing window in the lid.
- Nonstick pan is easy to clean (but not dishwasher safe).
- Automatic yeast dispenser prevents yeast from activating too early when using the timer for delayed baking overnight.
The Panasonic SD-YD250 is a pretty popular bread machine. It is the only widely available and highly recommended bread maker that has an automatic yeast dispenser (buy from Amazon.com).
—> Read our review of the Panasonic SD-YD250 for a discussion of its features, advantages and disadvantages.