The Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake is a low-cost bread machine with a long model number. It has 13 menu settings and a 2-pound loaf capacity. Should you buy the CKSTBR9050 or should you consider an even cheaper bread machine?
How does the Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake compare to the Oster CKSTBRTW20? Which accessories are included with the bread machine? Which recipes can it prepare? We attempt to answer these questions in our review.
Oster CKSTBR9050 versus CKSTBRTW20
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 (review) is cheaper and ten times more popular than the Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake. This seems strange because they both have similar characteristics:
- 2-pound loaf capacity.
- Three loaf sizes (1 lb, 1.5 lb and 2 lbs) .
- Three crust colors (light, medium, dark).
- 13-hour delay timer.
- LCD screen.
- Single kneading paddle.
- Rectangular baking pan.
These Oster 2-pound loaf bread machines share a few menu programs. However, the menu settings are not exactly the same even though both bread machines have Express Bake/Ultra Fast settings for making a bread loaf in only one hour. Here is a comparison of the menu settings:
CKSTBR9050 Expressbake Menu Settings
3. Whole Wheat
5. Quick Bake
6. Express Bake 1LB
7. Express Bake 1.5LBS
8. Gluten Free
CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake Menu settings
3. Whole Wheat
5. Ultra Fast (1.5 Lb)
6. Ultra Fast (2.0 Lb)
10. Bagel Dough
As you can see, the Oster CKSTBR9050 has menu settings for making gluten free bread, pasta and cake. Its loaf sizes for the Express Bake settings are also different. It has 13 menu settings while the CKSTBRTW20 has only 12 menu selections.
|Which Oster Expressbake bread machine is the best? The Oster CKSTBRTW20 is one of the best selling bread machines on Amazon.com and would be our first choice.|
There is nothing special about the control panel of the CKSTBR9050. It is similar to other bread machine control panels. It has buttons for crust color, loaf size, menu selection, timer +/- and Start/Stop. The LCD display is small, but it shows all the relevant information. The only thing we dislike about the control panel is its grey background color. We think a white background would look better.
- non-stick baking pan
- measuring cup
- measuring scoop
- two kneading blades (one spare!)
- kneading blade removal hook
- user manual (includes recipes)
Gluten Free Setting
The Gluten Free setting has the following actions: 5-minute knead, 10-minute knead, 60-minute dough rise and 60-minute baking cycle.
The Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake instruction manual has only one recipe for Traditional Gluten Free Bread. The recipe requires ingredients such as gluten free flour, rice flour, potato powder, soybean powder and milk powder. It also needs tapioca and xanthan gum. It seems like a difficult recipe to make when compared to the other normal bread recipes.
The manual has only one gluten free recipe? How disappointing! Still, you might buy and use gluten free bread mixes. We are not sure how successful the results will be, but it might be easier to use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free bread mixes (see it at Amazon.com).
Can it make 100% whole wheat bread?
The Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake has a Whole Wheat setting (menu number 3). The instruction manual has a recipe for a 100% whole wheat bread loaf.
Can it knead pizza dough?
The instruction manual has a pizza crust recipe. Follow the recipe and select the Dough setting. Let the bread machine mix and knead the dough and wait for it to finish. Stop the machine, take out the bread pan and put the dough in a round pizza pan. Add your favorite pizza sauce and toppings before baking it at 400 degrees Fahrenheit in an oven for about 20 minutes.
How do you add raisins?
The Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake does not have an automatic raisin nut dispenser for adding fruit or nuts. Nonetheless, the bread machine gives a beeping signal during the kneading cycle to let you know that you may add raisins, nuts or fruit. Open the lid and add the ingredients slowly until they are kneaded into the dough. Close the lid and let the bread machine continue with its cycles.
Who should buy the CKSTBR9050?
We recommend that you first consider the Oster CKSTBRTW20 bread machine because it is cheaper. However, it has neither a gluten free nor a cake setting. Nonetheless, we have never been interested in baking cake in a bread machine.
|The biggest reason to buy the Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake would be for its gluten free menu setting. It seems to be a good budget bread machine for making most types of bread, including gluten free loaves (buy from Amazon.com).|