Black & Decker B2250 – Breadmaker “All-In-One”

Posted on January 1, 2008 by Onlooker.
Categories: Neutral, Positive.

B2250-1I did some basic math and figured the cost of plain bread is about 1/2 to 1/4 the cost of buying it in the store, and should taste a whole lot better fresh. After debating over which unit to buy, I picked the cheapest one from a retailer with a good return policy(Since most all < $120 bread makers have a good % of poor reviews); Wal-Mart $48 30-90 Day return/replacement.

The B2250 looks and feels well built; at least the store demo did. Out of new factory sealed, undamaged box my unit had some scuffs on the display, and part of the stainless covering around the buttons and side were scratched and not installed 100%. There were some metal shavings in the unit as well.

The unit starts mixing slowly, then speeds up as it continues. About 1/2 way through the mixing process this unit started making a loud clicking noise but did not seem to effect the mix... It seemed very well mixed once the process stopped. The clicking noise was the mixer blade not resting evenly on the bottom of the baking container.

I have since made a dozen or so loafs and have narrowed in on the best/easy bread for my liking, which is simply:

* Revised
1.0 cups water (250ml)
3 tbs brown sugar
0.5 tsp salt (2.5ml)
0.5 tsp yeast (2.5ml)
0.5 cups Stone ground whole wheat flour (125ml)
1.5 cups Regular white flour (375ml)

Bread setting #4, 1.5lb loaf, light crust.

The unit's metal trimmings seem to be separating from the unit, and if it continues might still be returned, tho it seems to do an adequate job so far, once you tweak your own recipes.
What the unit needs: Stainless steel baking container, and mixer with notification on when to remove mixer prior to starting a bake.

1 comment.

Comment on January 3rd, 2009.

Here’s a good basic white bread recipe that works great with a BD2550 (and usually doesn’t even suck the mixing blade out of the bottom of the machine)

1 cup warm (not hot) water
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 tablespoons butter/margarine
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon yeast

Heat the water and add the milk to it. Dissolve the sugar and salt into this mix and pour the liquid into the bottom of the bread maker bucket (make sure the mixing blade is already in). Melt and add the butter to this mix. Add the 4 cups of flour directly on top, but do not mix it in. The flour will float on top of the liquid. Make a small dimple in the top of the flour in the middle with your finger and add the yeast into that little crater (at no point while adding ingredients do you let the yeast touch the liquid). Set the bread maker for basic setting 1, light crust, 2lb loaf and let it do it’s thing. 3 hours later, you’ll have a nice loaf of white bread with good consistency and density, and it usually leaves the mixing blade in the bucket (rather than having to dig it out of the loaf after).

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