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! :)

14 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!

    Christina

  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!

    Regards,

    Rick

  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!

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