Bread Machines Bake Lovely Loaves with Ease
Bread machines vary somewhat, depending on the manufacturer. Before trying new recipes, make a variety of those provided in your manual-they were developed specifically for your machine.
When trying any new recipe, be sure to stay within the limits of the maximum flour amounts listed in the recipes in your machine's manual.
Add the ingredients only in the order recommended by the manufacturer (which isn't always how they appear in recipes).
Your bread machine does the mixing and kneading for you. Because of that, you must learn to judge the bread with your eyes and ears. Listen to your bread machine as it's kneading the dough. If it sounds labored, the dough might be too dry. After 5 minutes of mixing, it should for a smooth, satiny ball. If the dough looks dry or cracked, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water. If the dough is flat and wet-looking, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour.
To ensure the best results from bread machines, always measure accurately.
- Measure water by pouring it into a transparent liquid measuring cup; read the measurement at eye level.
- Measure flour by spooning it into a standard dry measuring cup; level it with a straight-edged knife.
- Measure yeast, salt or spices by filling a standard measuring spoon to overflowing; level with a straight-edged knife.