Baking Tips


Bread Machine Frequently Asked Questions

Why buy a bread machine?
A bread machine combines convenience with flexibility. If you enjoy a fresh loaf of bread, but don’t have the time or space to bake from scratch, a bread machine is for you. For those with special dietary needs, it is easy to create special recipes without a lot of time and effort.

What is the difference between bread type cycles?
The bread machine cycles offer you flexibility to optimize your bread characteristics. Each cycle has a specific time and temperature to maximize dough performance. Typically a whole wheat cycle has a longer rise and bake time. For your specific machine cycles, refer to your owner’s manual.

How do I know which crust color to select?
Bread machine cycles can be picked to control crust color and crispiness. If you prefer a soft and light crust, choose a light cycle. For the darker, crisper crust, choose a darker cycle. If your bread recipe has a lot of grains or sweeteners that can cause it to brown quickly, choose a light crust cycle.

How do I use yeast in my bread machine?
Use Yeast in any bread machine on any cycle. For Active Dry Yeast – use 3/4 teaspoon of yeast for each cup of flour. Active dry yeast is not recommended for one-hour or less bread machine cycles. For Instant Yeast – use 1/2 teaspoon of yeast for each cup of flour. For one-hour bread machine cycles, yeast amounts must be doubled or tripled; suggested liquid temperatures vary with machines.

Always use liquid temperatures at 80°F and other ingredients at room temperature.


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