How to Use an Oster Bread Machine

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Oster bread machines save you the labor of mixing, kneading and shaping bread to bake. The Expressbake CKSTBRTW20 and Expressbake model 5838 were the only two models made by Oster as of August 2010. Both appliances have 2 lb. loaf capacities and the feature to bake bread in under an hour. Operating instructions are the same for both models.

Set the machine on a flat surface and lift out the bread kneading bucket.

Insert the kneading blade into the bottom of the bucket. Press the blade down so it sits flush with the bottom.

Add the warm liquid ingredients and dry ingredients. Push your finger into the center of the dry ingredients to make a well and put the yeast into that well.

Place the bread kneading bucket back into the machine. Push the bucket firmly down to lock it in place.

Close the lid and plug in the machine.

Press the "Menu" button until the type of bread you are making, or Expressbake, number is displayed. On the CKSTBRTW20 model use 1 for basic white, 2 for French, 3 for whole wheat, 4 for 1.5 lb. 60 minute loaf, 5 for 2 lb. 80 minute loaf, 6 for quick breads without yeast, 7 for European, 8 for dough and 9 for bagel dough. For the 5838, the selected type of bread will have a light next to the printed name on the machine.

Press the "Crust Color" button until the type of crust desired displays. Look for 1L, 1P and 1H for light, medium and dark crusts on the 5838 model. Choose the "Crust Color" button on the CKSTBRTW20 model until the arrow on the display points to the desired light, medium or dark crust.

Push the "Loaf Size" button on the CKSTBRTW20 model to move the arrow to the desired size of bread. The 5838 does not have this option.

Push the up arrow buttons to increase the baking time on the display. Skip this step to use the default time for the bread cycle selected.

Press the "Start/Stop" button to begin mixing, kneading and baking. Listen for the beeps that indicate the bread has finished baking.

Unplug the machine and put on oven mitts. Open the lid and lift out the bread kneading bucket.

Turn the pan upside down to remove the bread. Let the bread cool before slicing it.

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