Bread Maker Hints and FAQs

Bread Machine Frequently Asked QuestionsIf you’ve never used a bread machine before it’s normal to want to learn the basics before you get started. Here are our top hints for getting the most out of your bread machine.

  1. Be sure to put your ingredients into the bread machine in the proper order. You put the liquids in first, and after the flour put the yeast in at the very end, it’s important that the yeast and the liquid stays separated.
  2. Open up the bread machine during its first cycle if you want to inspect the dough as it cooks, it’s good to watch the process to get an understanding of how it works.
  3. Learn about how your machine works. Be sure to read the instructions for important info like capacity size. Different machines can hold a different capacity so be sure to check before putting the ingredients in.
  4. Store your flour properly. If you’re finding that your bread isn’t baking properly then inspect your flour, and the storage. Make sure that the flour stays in a cool and dry environment, and if you have a bad batch, throw it out.
  5. If your bread is gooey at the end, try leaving it longer to rise next time.
  6. If you’re constantly finding that your bread seems to be doing well, before collapsing inward on itself then you’re using too much liquid in your formula. Increase flour, or decrease liquids to fix the problem.
  7. Be aware that different types of bread will have very different results. If you’re making whole grain bread expect the loaf to be more compact and dense. A white loaf should rise more, be less heavy, and more soft, if it isn’t then try reducing the salt in your recipe.
  8. In fact you can reduce the salt quantity found in most recipes and it won’t affect the baking or the final taste detrimentally, and will make an even more healthy loaf.
  9. Be experimental. There are plenty of delicious recipes waiting for you to try them out now you’ve got your new bread machine. So get creative, and bake up some tasty treats for your friends and family.
  10. If you’re on a diet and want to reduce your daily intake of fat then try one of the many substitutes available for butter.


Bread Maker FAQs

 Bread Maker Hints and FAQs

  1. How do I make a perfect load which isn’t too moist or too dry

Well the truth is that it’s an art as much as it is a science. Different machines will have their own particular ways, and the flour you’re using can play a role too. The most important thing is to use your common sense and instinct. If the bread is coming out consistently dry then simply up your liquids, if it isn’t dry enough, then increase them.


  1. How do I find the capacity of my bread machine?

As a general rule of thumb you should follow this rule: For machines which weight 1lb you should take two or three cups of flour, a 1 ½ lb machine 3­4. If you have a bigger machine than this then keep applying the same type of ratio anyway.


  1. How long will a bread machine keep in good working order?

Well of course this will depend entirely upon a few factors. Firstly it will depend on how well you take of it of course. Also it depends how high­quality the machine was when you purchased it. However even the most basic models should work for regular bread making year after year. If you’ve purchased a more premium model then the chances are that it keeps running for ten years or more.


  1. Why does my bread loaf always sink when still cooking?Bread Maker Hints and FAQs

This is some sort of mistake in your recipe, you might need to try a couple of things to stop the problem. Firstly inspect whether the dough that you’re using is too moist. If it is too much then this is a pretty simple problem to solve, simply use less liquid. Otherwise it may be a case that you’re using too much yeast. So try both options, and see how you get on.


Really though you shouldn’t worry too much about how to use your new bread machine, and most are completely fool proof. It is good to do some reading in advance though, so well done! Most machines are designed to operate on a range of different settings with only ever the need to press a few buttons or so.


For this reasons most of the questions you have about your own bread maker probably have the answers somewhere inside the manual which should come with the model.

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