The delay timer of a bread machine can be used to delay the start, and therefore the finish time, of a bread making menu program by as little as 10 minutes or as much as 10 hours.
This function is often used to delay the completion of a bread machine program until either breakfast or supper. The freshly baked bread loaf is then ready to take out of the machine when you wake up in the morning or when you get home from work.
How do you use a bread machine’s delay start timer?
Most bread machines have a maximum time delay function of 13 hours. Let us try a simple delay timing scenario with a hypothetical bread machine (the What-If BM-1000):
- Plug in the bread maker.
- Select the bread program with the menu button (certain programs might not work with delay timer!).
- Select the loaf size.
- Select the crust color you want.
- Current time is now 8:30 p.m.
- You want the bread loaf to be done at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast.
- 8:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. is 10 hours and 30 minutes.
- Press the timer plus and minus buttons until the screen indicates “10:30” (the delayed start time duration).
- Press the start button.
- The display will now either blink or count down the time remaining until completion.
- Next morning, you either hear the program completed alert sound or you smell the baked bread.
- You enter the kitchen and press the stop button.
- You carefully remove the bread pan and shake out the freshly baked loaf.
- Tuck in, my son!
This is just a very simple explanation and you really need to read the manual of your own bread machine model to get the full picture.
What You Need To Know About Delay Timer Recipes
You may not use ingredients that are likely to spoil inside the baking chamber before the mixing and baking starts. The following ingredients are not recommended:
- dairy milk
- fresh fruit or vegetables
You put the ingredients into the baking chamber in this sequence: liquids, flour and the yeast on top of the flour so it stays dry. The yeast activates as soon as it comes into contact with water, so make sure the dry ingredients are shielding the yeast from moisture during the waiting hours of the delayed start.
We will now discuss three of the most popular bread makers that have delay timers. We start with the Zojirushi BB-CEC20, continue with the Panasonic SD-YD250 and end with the Oster CKSTBRTW20.
Zojirushi BB-CEC20 with 13-Hour Delay Timer
The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 has a large viewing window, two kneading blades and a rectangular shaped nonstick baking pan which bakes a 2-pound loaf of bread. Its menu settings are Basic, Quick, Wheat, Dough, Jam, Cake, Sourdough Starter. It also has three custom menus which you may edit and save with your own preferences.
It has a 10-minute backup system in case of a temporary power failure as well as an automatic shut-off system if something goes wrong. Its dimensions are 12.8 x 13.6 x 18.9 inches and it is on the heavy side for a bread maker at 20 pounds.
- Expensive bread machine, costs over $200 (buy from Amazon.com).
- No heating element in the lid for browning the top bread crust.
- 13-hour delay timer for baking a bread loaf overnight.
- It is an expensive model, but it is a quality machine.
- Two kneading blades for better mixing and kneading.
- Rectangular baking pan which produces a horizontal shape 2-pound loaf.
How does the delay timer of the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 work?
You press the timer button on the control panel to set the timer. It delays the finish of a bread or dough course in 10-minute steps from a minimum of 10 minutes to a maximum of 13 hours. However, the timer only works for the Basic, Basic Wheat, Basic Dough and Home Made courses. You cannot make jam or bake a cake overnight, not that you would eat cake for breakfast anyway.
The delay timer uses the difference between the present time and the time you want the loaf to be finished. For example, it is now 9:00 p.m. and you want the bread to be finished by 9:00 a.m. next morning, therefore in 12 hours. You press and hold the timer button, so it advances quickly, and release it when you are near to 12 hours. Keep pressing the button until the time on the display screen reads exactly “12:00”.
Remember that the timer goes up to 13 hours and then resets back to the minimum of 10 minutes. There is no timer minus button, so be careful not to overshoot your desired time limit or you will have to go around again. Press the start button to lock in the time. The operation light is shining and the display shows the time left until the bread loaf is fully baked.
—> Read our Zojirushi BB-CEC20 review!
Panasonic SD-YD250 with 13-Hour Delay Timer
The Panasonic SD-YD250 bakes medium, large and extra large bread loaves. Crust control lets you choose between a light, medium or dark crust color. Bread cycle options are Basic, Whole Wheat, Multi-Grain and French. Bake mode options are Bake, Rapid Bake, Raisin and Sandwich. Dough modes are Pizza, Dough or Raisin Dough.
This Panasonic bread machine has an automatic yeast dispenser which drops the yeast into the mix at a specific time. The 13-hour delay start timer can be used to plan when the bread should be baked and ready to remove from the machine. Its measurements are 14 x 13.5 x 9 inches. The appliance weighs about 15 pounds.
- It costs more than $100 (check prices at Amazon.com).
- It has no viewing window in the lid, but you may open the lid to see what is happening.
- 13-hour delay timer.
- It works quietly and the loudest noise you might hear is when the yeast dispenser dumps in the yeast.
- The bread crust and color may benefit from the lid without a viewing window because the heat reflects better from off the inside of the lid.
How does the delay timer of the Panasonic SD-YD250 work?
You start the process by firstly adding the flour mix and then the liquids. Place the bread pan in the baking chamber. Fill up its yeast dispenser with the yeast. Plug the SD-YD250 bread machine into a 120-volt outlet.
You can now use the menu button to select the bread program. Next you use the select button to choose the baking option. Continue by selecting the loaf size and a dark or light crust color.
This is the point where the delay timer is programmed, after choosing all the bread loaf details. The timer button is located above the start/stop button and the indicator light. It advances the delay time in 10-minute gains. Press and hold to advance the time quickly. The time is visible in the display window.
First you need to calculate the time delay duration. Let us suppose the time is now 9:00 p.m. and the bread needs to be done at 6:30 a.m. The duration is therefore 9 hours and 30 minutes. Program the delay timer so that the display windows shows the time remaining until the bread loaf is completely baked: “9:30”. Press the start/stop button to start the bread machine.
—> Read our Panasonic SD-YD250 review!
Oster CKSTBRTW20 with 13-Hour Delay Timer
Here is a list of its key features:
- Audible signal for when you may add fruit or nuts.
- LCD display screen.
- Thirteen-hour delay timer with up and down buttons.
- Three crust settings: light, medium or dark.
- Three loaf sizes: 1-lb, 1.5-lb and 2-lb.
- Twelve menu settings including French, Whole Wheat and Ultra Fast.
- Two dough making settings: Dough and Bagel Dough.
- It does not have a pause button.
- Its audible beeping signals are loud and irritating to some owners.
- Its price is less than $100 (view price at Amazon.com).
- Simple to use, easy to clean.
- Bake a 1.5-lb or 2-lb bread loaf in 58 minutes with the Ultra Fast settings.
- It is an inexpensive bread machine, highly recommended for inexperienced bakers.
- Use the dough setting to make cinnamon roll dough and pizza dough.
How does the delay timer of the Panasonic SD-YD250 work?
First of all, the Oster CKSTBRTW20 bread machine’s timer does not work with its Expressbake settings (Ultra Fast 1.5 lb and Ultra Fast 2 lb). Second, do not use ingredients that can easily spoil.
Add all the ingredients of the recipe, select the bread program and the crust color. Calculate the amount of time between the current moment and the time you want to remove the bread from the pan. If it is now 8:00 a.m. and you want the bread by 6:00 p.m., then you need to set the timer to show “10:00”.
You press the timer up or down buttons to get to the right amount. The last action to take is to press the start/stop button and the display will flash “:” to show it is delaying the start time.
—> Read our Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake review!
Most bread makers have a delay timer and the choices above are just a few of the more popular options available.
If you want the best bread machine with a timer, then consider buying the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme. It is one of the most expensive bread machines with a delay timer. The bread making programs you can use with the timer is limited to three preset and 3 custom programmed Home Made courses.
|The most popular inexpensive bread machine with a delay start timer is definitely the Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake (buy from Amazon.com).|