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Bread Machine Basics

Bread machines are a boon for busy bakers. For the best result, follow these tips.

Before beginning, carefully read your bread machine owner's manual.

All liquid ingredients (water, milk, eggs, juice, etc.) should be at room temperature (70° to 80°) before adding to the machine.

Measure ingredients accurately, then add to the machine in the order suggested by your bread machine manufacturer.

For the best results, use bread flour.

Check dough after 5 minutes of mixing. The dough should feel smooth, soft and slightly tacky. If it's moist or sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour. If it's dry and crumbly, add 1 tablespoon of liquid.

Recipes containing eggs, milk, sour cream and other dairy or perishable products should be baked immediately and not placed on a "time-bake" cycle.

 
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