The DAK Turbo Bake II, AKA R2-D2

Right now, my DAK Turbo Baker II, which I affectionately dubbed R2-D2 for obvious reasons, and my Oster 5838 are filling the house with a wonderful aroma.

DAK Turbo Bake II and Oster 5838 breadmakers

DAK Turbo Bake II and Oster 5838 breadmakers

That DAK breadmaker was a GREAT thrift store find. I love this thing!

It’s different than other breadmakers. First, you put the ingredients in the opposite order from most bread machines: dry ingredients first, then liquids on top. It has temperature sensor in the post on which the paddle sits’ the sensor gauges the dough ball or loaf’s internal temperatures and adjusts the baking cycle accordingly. It has a turbo bake setting that uses heat to expedite the rising process. It is a convection element to it as well, with a fan coming on periodically during its cycle. And, it has a cool-down at the end that keeps the bread from getting overcooked and/or soggy if you don’t remove it from the pan right away.

Though it doesn’t have a dedicated wheat bread cycle, I make 100% whole wheat recipes in it frequently and they turn out just fine. That might be owing to the above-mentioned smart technology.

It’s a shame the DAK company went defunct, because this machine really is a wonder, works great. There are many other fans out there, and plenty of videos on YouTube.

Here’s a DAK Turbo Baker IV model, making a heavy, low-carb bread. That gives any machine a workout, and this owner is happy with his DAK.

Here’s someone’s video of the same model I have:

I do have the manual for this machine, and as soon as I have a little time, I’ll upload it to my website. I know there’s a lot of people looking for it, along with a thriving parts market. As far as recipes go, just about any bread machine recipes will work in it. I just reverse the usual order of ingredients so the liquids are added last.

I need to make some videos, too. Right now, though, my walnut-wheat bread’s ready and I need to take it out of the pan! 🙂

34 thoughts on “The DAK Turbo Bake II, AKA R2-D2

  1. I would love to have the recipe you use for 100% whole wheat bread. I just received a Turbo II hand me down, and it came without a manual. I can’t wait to bake some bread, but don’t want my first attempt to be a flop.

    Thanks for your post!


  2. I have been looking for a manual for the DAK Turbo Baker IV as well. I will be SOOOO grateful when you upload it!

    This was a FANTASTIC breadmaker. It is a CRIME that they went out of business!



  3. I’m looking for a new bread machine and I keep seeing these DAK Turbos everywhere! They seem to have something of a cult following. Do you know how the electricity usage compares to newer machines?

  4. I don’t really concern myself with the electricity usage, so I’m not sure. It’s less than using my oven to bake traditional bread, I know that. 😉

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  7. Ha! I call mine R2D2 as well!! I bought mine on Craigslist and love it. I have a low calorie whole wheat that I make that is terrific. I would love to find more low calorie or low carb ones to try if anyone has some!

  8. I am looking for a dough blade for the Turbo Baker II. Do you know where I could get one?

  9. I don’t offhand, but I have seen people list DAK Turbo Baker II parts for these machines for sale on eBay from time to time. Hope that helps, Tommyd.

  10. I found this today in a thrift shop and you’re right, there is not a recipe book for this online. Could you share some recipes for this?

  11. I found my Dak II last month at a thrift shop, but
    there was no manual.
    Thanks to all you online folks, I have been making great bread.
    I am looking for the exact recipes for my machine.
    Thanks to all.
    Enjoy baking!

  12. hi gw, the welbilt amb 100-2 its the same like your dak turbo?

    its a good option? because i can get one(welbit) by 30 usd in my town,

    thank you, or do you thing its a better option to buy oster or dak turbo(they gonna be ,my first bread machine)

  13. I’m so sorry, Dave. I just saw this. They were made by the same manufacturer, so will be similar in how they work.

  14. my dak turbo baker allows the white bread rise and then it falls, any suggestions

  15. Would like to know when to add ham and cheese to Dak bread machine. And just use any bread receipe? Have eaten bread with dried fruits baked in, when do I add them?
    Put the chocolate chips in at the beginning and wound up with delicious chocolate bread, but no chips. Am anxious to get going on this. So glad I found your site.

  16. I love the DAK bread maker! I have the very first model ever made! I found it at the Goodwill in almost new condition! The machine beeps when it’s time to add any fruits or nuts! I love it! It’s so easy to clean and mine has the pin and paddle too! Making bread in this machine is fun and I wish I had purchased it many years ago when my boys were little!

  17. I put the bread container in incorrectly and can’t get out. Any suggestions?

  18. Thanks for the manual.
    I have enjoyed making great bread, this time by the exact rules
    Good luck to all of you, my bread-making friends!

  19. I have a DAK baker that no longer works, but I have the documents, round pan, and paddle
    if anyone needs them.

  20. This message is for Joe Brennan, who posted on 11/27/2015 that he had a pan, paddle and documents to anyone who needs them. I would be interested in having them. I own a DAK Turbo V, and I think that they would come in handy.

  21. Hopefully he’ll see your reply! I may actually have some to sell in a while. I tend to be drawn to bread machines at thrift stores like a moth to the flame. 😉

  22. I have two of the Dak Turbo II machines. I make my own low carb bread for my diabetic husband, and bake them in regular breadpans in the oven. I make two loaves a week, so I bought a second DAK on Ebay so I could make two loaves at once. I have arthritis so I can’t knead by hand. I use the manual setting then put them in the regular oven in bread pans because it is easier to get uniform slices from a regular loaf pan. It was difficult for me to get uniform slices so that I could accurately count the carbs when baking the round loaf. I bought the first DAK new and have been using it regularly for almost 30 years!

    Sharon in Phoenix

  23. That’s awesome, Sharon! Those DAK machines are real work horses. I have recurring tendonitis in my wrist, so I don’t do much kneading, either. I love using my bread machines to make dough. A lot of times I take the dough paddle out after the second rise and put the dough back in the machine to bake. One thing you could do if you wanted to do it all in the machine is slice a piece of your oven-baked traditionally-shaped loaf and weigh it. Then, you’ll have a benchmark for when you cut the round DAK loaf. I do a lot of my measurements by weight, including my flour and other ingredients in cooking. 🙂

  24. Unfortunately, my low carb recipe won’t bake properly in the DAK. I use wheat protein isolate as my primary flour substitute, and it requires a shorter rise time (about 20 minutes) and won’t rise twice. So after it finishes the first knead, I take it out and put it in a bread pan and raise and bake it. I can do two loaves, start to finish in just under two hours. I have a kitchenaid mixer, but the dough balls for my recipes are too small to knead properly in the mixer. I can use the mixer if I double the recipe, but I usually am making two different kinds of bread each week. But my breads only have 2g carb per slice, so I make do with raising and baking it in the oven. I often bake regular bread for my grandson, though, and bake those start to finish in the DAKs.

  25. I bought one of these back in the mid to late 80’s. Its still going strong. The cool air outlet has turned yellowish but it still makes great bread. My favorite recipe is the french bread II. It’s so easy and always turns out great. Most problems I ever encountered were due to bad yeast. Other than that it is flawless. Setting it up for timed bread making is great. Recently I noticed the recipe’s take a bit longer to go through to finished. What used to take 4 to 4-1/2 hours now take nearly 6. Not sure what that’s all about. But the bread comes out great anyhow. When this one goes kaput I’ll be going on ebay to get another.

  26. I also love dak bread machine. I have 4. I bought 2 on thrift shop 2 on ebay but eBay ones got damaged from shipping they still works. I got turbo 2 and V, auto bakery and welbilt home bakery same look as r2d2 except the front. I bake bread 2 to 3 times a week. I love it. You can use recipe from other bread machine recipe book.

  27. I have had my Dak Turbo II for 25 years…unbelievable machine! Still works great…so sorry the company no longer exists. By far one of the best appliances I have ever owned.

  28. welbit or turbo dak? alternatives or models recomendations?
    dak 1 to 5

    welbit 100-1-2-3-4

    2000 etc


  29. I’m fond of the DAK machines for their convection action. They also cool the loaf in the pan when it’s finished. However, loaf-wise, I much prefer traditional horizontal loaves. I like the dual-paddle horizontal loaf models. I also find the DAK’s design with the open-bottomed loaf pan sealed in place with a gasket kind of goofy and limiting.

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