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Old 01-21-2009, 08:43 AM   #11
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I have been having a problem with my new bread machine, but I picked up a tip from my father that will probably fix it.
I have been using cold water and the bread turns out... well.. more of a lump of cooked twists and swirls.
I'll make one with warm, not hot, water today and see how it turns out.

I can't wait to see if it will turn out.. I'm getting sick of making bread and then only being able to break it apart for dipping... I want to be able to SLICE it and put it in the toaster or something.
I don't want to hijack the thread, but it sounds like you don't have enough moisture in your dough. It sounds like it's so dry that it won't stick to itself and make a solid loaf. I believe this is a recipe problem and not a machine problem. You should be able to slice every loaf of bread from your machine.

Your dough should have warm water (110 F but not over 115 F) so it can proof well. Cold water retards gluten development.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:05 AM   #12
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Yeast likes a warm bath, not a sauna nor doused with cold water. If the water isn't the right temperature they won't rise to the occasion.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:20 AM   #13
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We have a nice, hardly used Hitachi. Had it for about 12 years. Sits in our appliance graveyard , (an extra pantry-type closet) where I'm fixing to move the slow-cooker to .

We made bread in it about a year or so ago. I say that because we have a couple of boxes of bread mix in the pantry.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:30 PM   #14
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We have a nice, hardly used Hitachi. Had it for about 12 years. Sits in our appliance graveyard , (an extra pantry-type closet) where I'm fixing to move the slow-cooker to .

We made bread in it about a year or so ago. I say that because we have a couple of boxes of bread mix in the pantry.
People buy bread mix? You don't do it from scratch? Water, flour, salt yeast...They sell that in a box? Wow....I really didn't know that.
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:03 PM   #15
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Last time I checked, adding water, flour, salt, yeast, herbs and often other ingredients to make bread was working from "scratch".

All the box does is pre-measure the ingredients a person needs and provides a variety of types of bread to experiment with.

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Old 01-23-2009, 03:30 PM   #16
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Actually, the mixes aren't such a bad thing. They are what got me started making my own "mixes". In fact, I just gave my son a breadmaker and a couple of boxes of bread mix. It's just him and his wife and I know he would never buy a big bag of flour, yeast, powdered milk, etc just to see if he could make bread. But he called me last night and told me he'd made his first loaf. He baked it in the machine, so his results weren't quite perfect. Still, the smell and taste of fresh bread has won him over. Today, he's going to make the dough in the machine and then bake the loaf in the oven. I predict that by next week, he'll be buying some King Arthur flour!
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