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good for dough, but bake in your own oven
on October 29, 2013
years ago I had a breadman pro machine and for reasons not to be mentioned here I got rid of it. now I decided to get back into the bread baking habit. so I went around looking for a new machine and also looked on amazon at what is available and at what prices. basicly no machine is perfect and no machine gets perfect reviews. so I decided to settle for the sears machine because it was cheap and I could buy it at the nearest store, and of course return it if need be. I like whole wheat bread but their recipe up to no good. my bread came out like a rock, hard and with no taste. so I tried the next recipe, and that was with honey. no good either. hard, tasteless and it took 4 hours to finish, plus you cannot make a one pound loaf. why do they say it on the box but have no ingredient sizes for it? anyway, I decided to make a whole wheat loaf from one of my own recipes. I put all the ingredients according to the machine rules and put on program 7 which is for dough only. after 20 seconds of kneading when the machine beeps I took the dough out, without touching it I poured it into a baking pan of the right size and covered it for 45 minutes to rise. I did oil the pan to be sure of no sticking. then after the rising period I put it into a cold oven, yes, a cold oven. turn the oven on to 360f for 30 minutes, at the 30 minutes time I raised the temp to 400f for another 10 minutes. it was the best loaf I baked so far in recent memory. it was even better than the bread I was kneading by hand before I bought the machine. as for bread machine manufacturers recipes, ignore them. most of them are not good in my opinion. even when I had the breadman pro machine I always had to change some items in the recipe to get the bread up to eating standard. if you are new to baking with machines, do yourself a favour, take ordinary recipes and put them into the bread machines according to their line, then bake it in your own oven. its easier than to battle with the machine for a perfect bread. not to talk about the fact that you get the bread at half the time.