5 Bread Maker Recipe Tips
Bread makers are one of those great inventions of our times that can make everything so simple, yet for some reason making great bread always seems so hard. However, there’s no use in complaining and wondering why the bread always turns out wrong when by applying some of my favorite tips below you can instantly be creating some of the best tasting, healthiest and best-looking bread ever.
When cooking the bread, you must always make sure that you use the correct kind of flour, using the wrong flour will only make the bread too hard and crusty. Bread flour contains more protein than all-purpose flour, meaning when you start to prepare your bread with common bread flour it makes the product stronger, fluffier and also larger loaves. Ensuring you use bread flour also means the bread will be healthier for you and have more beneficial effects.
If you often face issues with the bread showing wrinkled tops, there is handy solution for your problem. Adding two teaspoons of the so called rye flour for each and every cup of flour you include in the recipe will stop occurrence of the tops on the loaf from having such kind of wrinkled top and make it look better.
When adding the ingredients to the bread machine, you must ensure you add them in the right order every time. Generally, the best way to do this is to either pour all your liquids into the machine first, then add the solids, then the yeast. Or you can do it in reverse, by first adding the yeast, then the solids, then all your liquids. The reason behind it is that moisture of any type activates the yeast, thus if the bread yeast mixes with all the liquids included before the loaf has even commenced to cook its going to produce a bad tasting loaf.
Always ensure you include water which is at room temperature when cooking your bread. If cold water is used while cooking the bread, it won’t activate the included yeast causing the bread not to rise and also cook properly. If hot water is used in the cooking, it will speed up the yeast too much causing the whole bread to rise too quickly and overcook. Using very hot water will completely kill the yeast.
Bread makers come in a variety of styles with an array of features and one of the most useful features is a time delay cycle. This is where you can program the machine to start at some time after adding the ingredients. You fill the mixing pan with the ingredients and enter in the time delay. Check the manual for your machine as some units may be limited to a certain time period for the delay.
Finally, always remember to keep the bread machine operating manually under the guidance of information booklets which came with the machine. Normally, these booklets contain excellent tips and info for using the bread machine to make the best tasting bread ever. Also, when using your machine use a surge protector between it and the wall, as bread machines computer chips are very sensitive to voltage fluctuations and as such if a surge hits the machine it could scramble the system.