Product Inspirations – Home Bakery Virtuoso® Plus Breadmaker (BB-PDC20)

Crisp, cold, fall air. Shorter days. Holidays with family. November is such a wonderful time of year for baking! Our new flagship breadmaker—the Home Bakery Virtuoso® Plus (BB-PDC20)—brings all of the warm, comforting scents and delicious recipes into your home.

We’ve designed this full-capacity breadmaker to help any baker, from novice to advanced, make delicious breads, doughs, cakes, jams and even sourdough starter with ease and expertise.

The Home Bakery Virtuoso® Plus comes with nine pre-programmed course settings to bake breads ranging from classic White and European breads, to healthy options such as Whole Wheat, Multigrain, Gluten Free, Salt Free, Sugar Free and Vegan breads. Each course setting alters the kneading, rising and baking functions based on the type of bread to be made, and select courses allow you to control the crust from Light, Medium to Dark, so you can customize each loaf to your liking. In addition, this machine also comes with four additional courses for Dough, Sourdough Starter, Cake and Jam, making the breadmaker even more versatile.

Along with the pre-programmed course settings, the Home Bakery Virtuoso® Plus comes with a special Homemade course that allows you to input up to three of your own custom settings and store your own knead, rise, and bake times. These settings can be stored and used repeatedly, just like the pre-programmed courses, offering an easy way to consistently use your own tried-and-true recipes.

The simplified LCD control panel and convenient key code make it simple to choose the course setting as well as select the crust color and set the optional 13-hour delay timer.

The breadmaker has also been designed with superior features, including an additional heating element in the lid, which promotes even baking and browning and a removable, nonstick coated baking pan to hold all ingredients. The baking pan uses dual kneading blades to thoroughly mix ingredients for the best results. Both the pan and blades are easy to clean, and along with all surfaces that come into contact with food, are BPA-free.

Accessories include a full color recipe booklet with 50 delicious recipes, nested measuring cups for dry ingredients, a liquid measuring cup and a measuring spoon.

The included recipe booklet has amazing recipes for the season. The Cranberry & Walnut Bread is deliciously full of sweet-tart cranberries and crunchy walnuts. Our classic Pumpernickel uses coffee and a mix of wonderful whole wheat flour, rye flour and cornmeal.  And the Rustic Herb Bread, a gorgeous European-style bread, pairs beautifully with seasonal soups and stews. This breadmaker will definitely come in handy when preparing for the holidays. Butter Rolls complete any festive meal, and Tea Cake served with a variety of teas and coffees add charm to any gathering. All of these are in the recipe booklet, along with so many others!

We hope you love these recipes and share the ones that you create in your own kitchen with us!

40 thoughts on “Product Inspirations – Home Bakery Virtuoso® Plus Breadmaker (BB-PDC20)

    • Hello! Please substitute with amounts asked in the recipe. Olive oil can be substituted for butter or margarine for a healthier choice. You could also use Avocado, Hummus or Prune Puree.

      Please note, we only guarantee the outcome of recipes that are from our recipe book without making any substitutions.

    • Hi Irina, thank you for reaching out! We currently don’t have a 100% rye flour bread, but there is a light rye bread recipe on page 8 of the recipe book. It may be tweaked, but we can’t say for sure. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-733-6270 and dial 1 for Customer Service. Thank you!

  1. I am wanting to buy your Zojirushi Bread Machine Cookbook for beginner book but it looks like most of the recipes may be for 1.5lb loaves. Can I bake those with virtuoso or will I have to convert the recipes to 2lb loaves and if so, how do I do that?

  2. All the bread recipes in the recipe book that came with my Virtuoso Plus BB-PDC20 calls for Rapid Rise yeast.Is this a miss print? Shouldn’t I use the Rapid Rise yeast for rapid rise setting only? My white bread failed. I usually use active dry yeast as do not normally use the rapid rise setting.

  3. I have a BBC-V20 bread machine. I currently bake gluten free.
    How do I adjust the custom setting for gluten free?
    Also, if possible, what exactly is the difference in setting between the gluten free and the basic settings?
    Thank you.

  4. Hello ,
    Im from New Zealand. Im very much interested to buy your bread maker machine. Can you please advise where can I buy it here in New Zealand ? Thanks

  5. I have my own sourdough starter. Is there a recipe for sourdough bread where I can use my starter rather than making a new one with each loaf?

  6. As I recall, my previous Zojirushi Breadmaker (older model) had a Sweet Bread Cycle for chocolate and other sweet breads (which reportedly use lower temperatures and longer baking times) and a Fruit / Nut Cycle for some breads.
    This model does not have those cycles but I understand one can program customized cycles.
    Please advise what parameters to program for a Sweet Bread Cycle and for a Fruit / Nut Cycle.
    Thank you.

  7. Where can I find a complete list of course cycle times for the bb-pdc20. the book shows the cycle time for the mini white 1.5 lb loaf and the 2 lb loaf but I would like the cycle times for course 2 – 14 it will help me with the custom cycles as I create my homemade recipes.

      • How can we make adjustments and best utilize the “Homemade” course if we don’t know the cycle times we are starting with? In order to utilize the features we paid for, it would seem this information (cycle times and temperatures) should not be proprietary in regards to people who have purchased your product in part based on the ability to customize settings for recipes not included in the somewhat limited Zojirushi recipe book.

        • Hi Joe, thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately as you mentioned the time for the preprogrammed menu settings are proprietary and were not provided as with our previous models BB-CEC20 or BB-PAC20. The HOMEMADE can be used for recipes developed by others and usually they will provide you the time the recipe needs to be kneaded, rise and bake. If you are using a recipe that is similar to those included in the recipe book, then it’s best to use the matching preprogrammed setting for the highest success rate. Also, our knowledgeable Customer Service Team can help with questions you may have or provide suggestions. We look forward to assisting you!

  8. I have tried several recipes for gluten free white breads using King Arthur, Better Batter and GfJules Flours. No success. The breads either fall after I remove them from the PCD20 or the breads are not done. Any suggested recipes, I could try or other flours ?

    • Hi Lou, sorry to hear you’re having trouble. Have you tried the recipes that come in the recipe book? Those have been tested thoroughly to ensure perfect results every time. For other bread recipes, are you using the Gluten Free course? For using King Arthur’s recipes, we’d recommend you reach out to King Arthur, as they are very familiar with our breadmaker and can advise you better.

  9. I haven’t Tried the recipes in the book because I wasn’t interested in the Breads in the Gluten free section. I WANTED plain white sandwich bread.
    Yes,, I have been using the Gluten Free setting. It really seems that the bake time is too short.. I even took one Version Of many, and baked it in my oven for another 35 minutes After it was done in the BM. Still gummy inside. Is there a way to increase the bake time on the Gluten Free setting ?
    I will contact King Arthur, to see if they can help with a recipe.
    Thanks. Lou

  10. How do I make half white bread flower and half wheat flower in my virtuoso BB-PDC20 bread machine. I made the the seven grains one and it was to hard the seeds. Can I make it with no seeds or do you have the recipe
    Thanks Joan

  11. What is the maximum amount of flour I can put into the Virtuoso Plus when making dough. I have a pizza dough recipe that calls for 5-1/2 cups

  12. All loaves seem to rise lopsided on the left side of the pan, not sure why this is. I use All purpose Canadian flour for the white bread. I do not understand why this is consistently a problem. it is like the heat is not the same on the left or the dough is not centred before the final rise. Canadian flour is higher protein so should not be a problem

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