The Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker, Model SD206, is an advanced, microprocessor-controlled device that gives you a great deal of control as to how your bread is kneaded and baked. It features six bread modes and six different baking modes. In addition, you can select from three different loaf sizes and three different crust darkness settings, so the possibilities are enormous. However, baking a simple loaf of bread using the device defaults is fairly simple.
Remove the pan from the bread machine by twisting it counter-clockwise and pulling up. Make sure the kneading blade is attached to the shaft at the bottom of the pan.
Place the yeast in the pan.
Place the flour, sugar, salt, powdered milk and butter in the pan.
Pour the water into the pan.
Replace the pan in the machine by lowering it down and twisting it slightly clockwise. Fold the handle down and close the top of the machine.
Press the "Start/Stop" button on the control pad. This will initiate regular baking of a medium-sized, basic loaf with a medium-brown crust.
Listen for the beeper to sound eight times, indicating that the bread is finished.
Open the lid and remove the bread pan, using oven gloves or hot pads.
Turn the pan upside down to remove the loaf. Allow it to cool on a wire rack.
- If you want to select a different baking mode, loaf size or crust colour, you set these options with the "Select," "Size" and "Crust" keys before you press the "Start/Stop" button.
- If you select the "Dough Raisin" mode, the machine will pause in the final kneading process to give you time to add dried fruits, nuts or other chunky ingredients.
- If you select the "Pizza" mode, the machine will signal that it's finished when it has completed the kneading processes. Then you can remove the dough and spread it out for a pizza crust.
- The bread pan and the bread itself will be very hot at the end of the baking cycle. Always use oven gloves or hot pads to handle the pan after baking.
- Measure ingredients carefully, and always use recipes formulated for bread machines. Doughs without enough liquid can jam the kneading blade and damage the blade or the machine's motor.