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    Question Bread Machine problems

    I cannot get my bread machine to make a good loaf of bread. i have an Oster bread machine, and use the premade ixes that you get from Fred Meyer. I follow the directions/recipe EXACTLY and for some reason i cant get the bread to rise enough. The last loaf i tried was a wheat/ berry mix and it only came out as 1/4 of a loaf. I have tried almost all the different mixes and cant seem to get any of them to turn out right. Any ideas what im doing wrong? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    There is a bit of a learning curve with using a breadmaker.
    My first thought would be to be sure to use hot water (not boiling!) so that the yeast will activate. Room temperature in Alaska is not warm enough!

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    Default water temp

    I guess that definitely makes sense as i have been using room temp water and my kitchen is usually around 63.... wow i feel really stupid. ah well such is life

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    And the other thing is that all measurements should be done like a science experiment... like pour your flour don't scoop it, exact measurements matter, especially for yeast, if it isn't rising.

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    dang we never jhad a problem making it, but it sure is easier and faster to buy it!
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    My bread making machine never breaks down.......

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    I have a Breadman (2 lb capability) and experienced the same early-on. Try ensuring the water is no hotter than about 85 degrees F. Avoid using the "rapid" settings (~2hr) but instead use the standard (~3hr) baking times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strangerinastrangeland View Post
    My bread making machine never breaks down.......

    thats why I married her
    Now that has got a big smile from me this morning!
    I could at some point break down, but the bread still rises.

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    Default easy jalapeno/cheddar bread recipe

    Quote Originally Posted by mntransplant View Post
    I cannot get my bread machine to make a good loaf of bread.
    OK, here's a confidence-builder recipe; it is the first recipe I ever developed myself, and makes a really yummy bread every time, real easy:

    Cheddar/Jalapeno Bread Recipe: ***** (<- that's 5 stars)

    Set bread machine to 1.5 # loaf at medium color.

    Add:
    1 cup warm milk
    1 warm egg
    1 tsp. jalapeno juice (or increase fresh jalapenos to 1/3 cup if you skip this ingredient)
    1/4 cup fresh jalapeno peppers, de-seeded and diced finer than fine
    2 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese
    2 3/4 cups plus 1 tbsp. flour
    1 tsp. Salt
    1 tbsp. Sugar
    1 1/2 tsp. bread yeast

    If that doesn't turn out great for you let me know right away, and I'll fire off a refund immediately, because satisfaction is guaranteed.

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    water temp 100 /110deg (do not pass 110!! )add yeast stir let set 10 mins min so the litte guys can get started ,,,..then add it...ps salt, water and yeast in the same hole don't like each other either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FamilyMan View Post
    OK, here's a confidence-builder recipe; it is the first recipe I ever developed myself, and makes a really yummy bread every time, real easy:

    Cheddar/Jalapeno Bread Recipe: ***** (<- that's 5 stars)

    Set bread machine to 1.5 # loaf at medium color.

    Add:
    1 cup warm milk
    1 warm egg
    1 tsp. jalapeno juice (or increase fresh jalapenos to 1/3 cup if you skip this ingredient)
    1/4 cup fresh jalapeno peppers, de-seeded and diced finer than fine
    2 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese
    2 3/4 cups plus 1 tbsp. flour
    1 tsp. Salt
    1 tbsp. Sugar
    1 1/2 tsp. bread yeast

    If that doesn't turn out great for you let me know right away, and I'll fire off a refund immediately, because satisfaction is guaranteed.

    Took me all of 2 seconds to try this recipe. Dough is rising now

    Have not had good luck with a decent Jal/cheese bread recipe. We end up buying the Jalapeno / Cheddar Focaccia from Carr's bakery. (good stuff toasted with homemade raspberry jam)

    Will report back after we try some with dinner tonight.

    Thanks

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    BTW Mntransplant... sorry for the hijack! Hope your bread machine recovers.

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    Default Hijack...

    No worries. its kinda nice to hear some good recipes... and stories

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    Question Did the Jal/cheese bread work?

    Quote Originally Posted by junkak View Post
    Took me all of 2 seconds to try this recipe. Dough is rising now

    Have not had good luck with a decent Jal/cheese bread recipe. We end up buying the Jalapeno / Cheddar Focaccia from Carr's bakery. (good stuff toasted with homemade raspberry jam)

    Will report back after we try some with dinner tonight.

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    Yeah, its pretty fast to make; dicing the pepper is the longest part; wear latex gloves for that part; probably should put that step in the recipe... Did the loaf come out well for you? If not, how did it fail?

    I've never had a bad loaf with this recipe, though I do fail regularly at it when I try things I've not done before in my machine and when I use wheat flour.

    Lots of extra challenges with wheat - I've never had a wheat recipe that I actually followed come close to working without making changes to it to lessen the falling:
    less water
    less yeast
    hotter water
    pre-rise the yeast in hot water
    go 50-50 wheat/white flour

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    Good Bread FamilyMan

    Wife and I agree that another jalapeno would be allowed. The cheddar was key for the loaf. Made a very aromatic, rich bread that developed a sour 'twang' after cooling down.

    Made sandwiches all week with great results. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Default Jalapeno/Asiago/Dill bread

    Quote Originally Posted by junkak View Post
    Good Bread FamilyMan

    Wife and I agree that another jalapeno would be allowed. The cheddar was key for the loaf. Made a very aromatic, rich bread that developed a sour 'twang' after cooling down.

    Made sandwiches all week with great results. Thanks for the recipe.
    I'm glad that worked out for you; its a sure hit here and easy to do with so few and no exotic ingredients. I'm betting you skipped the jalapeno juice part though, right? It isn't as good without; something about a combination of the juice which mixes all in evenly and also the fresh peppers which are individually suspended within the bread's volume.

    Tonight I made the exact same recipe except I substituted Asiago cheese for the cheddar, and added 1.5 tsp of dill. Wonderful. Aroma was even better, cheese better, and next time I'll bump the dill to 2.5 tsp. Still love it though as is.

    Anyone trying to sell their home would benefit from buying a breadmaker and programming it to make this recipe a few hours before a showing...

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    Guys breads are about the easiest things to bake there is, why not simply learn to bake? No more weird looking tall loafs either. Newer, faster, more whiz bang is almost never better in cooking.


    BWT flour should always be sifted, not just scooped. It's important to the binding process and produces a much lighter loaf.
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    Sounds like a combo of packed flour and less than fully activated yeast. Sift the flour and preactivate the yeast as discribed above.
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    Sounds good rick i think I'll try sifting the flour, and warming the water. I think your right though. I should just learn to bake bread w/out the machine. **** technology
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    Quote Originally Posted by FamilyMan View Post
    I'm betting you skipped the jalapeno juice part though, right?

    Heck no...that is the best part.

    Might have chopped the jalapeno too fine. Will do a little less 'slap choppin' next time.

    We ate the loaf for most of the week. Good stuff!

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