Bread is the staple diet of countless millions. The basic ingredients are flour, sugar, yeast, salt, water and oil.
At Christmas we were given a surprise present, an Andrew James bread maker. When the demands of the festive season were over, we had time and energy to examine the gizmo. Understanding the instructions took a bit of doing, but we eventually overcame them.
As we had some wholemeal flour to hand, we thought we would have a go at testing the machine. After choosing the appropriate cycle, i.e., the programme for a wholemeal loaf, we added the ingredients, shut the lid and pressed the start button. The indicator showed that the total time for making and baking would be 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Inquisitively, now and again, we peered through the viewing window at the top of the machine to see what was going on. First it kneaded the dough by rotating it with an internal plastic blade. This action was followed by two short periods of inactivity for the dough to rise. Then the actual baking began.
Shortly before time was up, we took another peek through the viewing window. The bread looked wonderfully scrumptious, having a lovely, light golden crusty surface, and the smell was mouth-wateringly delicious.
Imagine our disappointment after removing ‘our’ creation from the pan, when the upper curved surface caved in to form a precipitous crater dipping deeply down into the centre. The object of our short-lived joy resembled a four-sided volcano!
We were well and truly deflated, just like the loaf.
Unlike the bread of disappointment made with outdated yeast, the true Bread of Life will never let you down.
(John 6:35) Then Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
Ingredients in Bread
Andrew James Bread Maker
Hello Bill, I too have had my share of 'fun' with a breadmaker. Nowadays I make all my own bread, but do it by hand. It takes far less time, (actual preparation), and far less fuel. On top of that one may dictate the evenual size and shape of the loaves, and not run the risk of finding the paddle stuck in your jam doorstep!!
I've made worse looking loaves than that! My daugher-in-Law had two breadmakers and gave one to me. She brought over most of the ingrediance to make some bread or rolls. She went through everything with me and set it going. 2hrs-30mins later, I had the fantastic fresh loaf which we had for tea while it was still warm.
When I did the next one, it sunk like yours Bill and and never been able to make a decent loaf since the first one.
One day, I will remember to get Clare to go through it again . . . . just fail to see what I am doing wrong.
PS: Boat's looking good! LOL
I think Richard's suggestion is good. Let the bread maker do the hard work of preparing the dough to its risen state, then bake it in an ordinary oven.
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