Sometimes when I cut my bread, it's too sticky and it
falls apart or it starts to mash down and won't slice
cleanly. What can I do?
If your bread is sticky or mashes down, it may be too hot! Be sure
to allow 15 to 30 minutes for your bread to cool before slicing.
Place finished bread on a wire cooling rack to let air circulate
around it. You may want to try using an electric knife to slice bread
instead of cutting it manually. An electric knife has blades that
slide back and forth to let you slice straight through bread and
avoid mashing it down by putting pressure on the top of the loaf.
Why did I end up with a short, dense, doughy bread?
Why didn't the bread rise?
The most common reason for unrisen bread is the yeast. Maybe
you forgot to add the yeast. Perhaps the yeast was bad or expired
(always check expiration dates). Also, if the mixing wasn't com-
plete, you may have rising problems. Did you check to see if the
mixing paddle started moving once the preheat period was fin-
What will happen if I leave the bread in the Baking Pan
This unit has a 60-minute "Keep Warm" cycle that lets you leave the
bread in the pan for up to an hour after baking is completed. Once
that warming cycle is over, it's best to remove the bread immediate-
ly or the bottom of your loaf will absorb moisture and become
soggy. The soggy part of the bread will not be as tasty when it dries
out and it will go stale quickly. The sides of the bread may also
become moist and mushy.
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Can the recipe be cut in half?
No, it is not recommended. The ingredient proportions work better
in the full amounts.
How can bread mixes be used in the machine and at
The package instructions will list the amount of water and amount
of yeast to use. Be sure to add liquid, then dry ingredients,
followed by yeast. Remember not to allow the yeast to sit in the
liquid. The bread type setting is dependent upon the type of bread
mix being used. i.e.White bread uses the Basic Bread setting; Sweet
Bread setting is for use with dried fruit , cheese or nuts; Whole
wheat or multi-grain should use the Whole Grain setting. Crust
setting either Regular or Dark, is a personal preference.