Bread machines are the new craze in the cooking enthusiasts. The ease of making freshly baked bread and given the popularity of the DIY cooking experiments, everybody loves experimenting daily with a new dish. The bread machine will save you a lot of time and money too in the long run.
However, some people fall prey to the machines which are cheap and claim to be as good as the other branded ones. But let me assure you, they are not even half as good as highest rated bread makers and they may even fall off of your counter tops if the dough is too dry and the machine is not sturdy. Well, I have assembled a list of all such do’s and don’ts for the bread machines to guarantee that you get the best of the breads everytime.
Maintain the order of the Ingredients:
Some machines prescribe the exact order of the ingredients which are to be put in the bread machines while baking. This order should be maintained because it really affects the bread yield. Some machines go for the liquids in the bottom and others go for the flour. Whatever the instruction list says, you are to obey the order of the ingredients always.
Capacity minded Baking:
Every machine has the capacity. It is indicated on the machine. Always stick to the capacity and don’t expect your machine to adjust to minor changes in the flour amount you put in it. The machine will NEVER EVER adjust the amounts and the material oozing out of the tray will only lead to problematic cleaning session or permanent damages to your machine.
Get clues from the Noises:
If the machine is vibrating on its own or making weird noises, get up and make a check at the bread dough. May be it is lacking water. Add water by small amounts till the dough gets the proper consistency. Looking into the matters right away will save you a lot of problems and a damaged machine.
If you want to cut the fat, replace the butter or oil by the applesauce. You can also use the powdered butter instead of butter sticks or bars. You can avoid the salt if you want. It doesn’t make much difference.
Gluten Free Bread:
If you are allergic to gluten, then buy a machine which comes with the gluten free bread setting. Also, if you have a machine that allows customized settings, then go for the customized setting for the bread dough mixing. The gluten free bread requires prolonged mixing of the dough.
Sugar makes a DIFFERENCE:
Don’t replace the sugar in the bread recipe. The sugar will help the dough to rise along with the yeast. So, the sugar replacements will NOT work properly with the bread baking. You need to actually put the sugar as specified in the recipe or the instruction manual.
Learn by Experience:
And last, but not the least, the baking is an art which is acquired. You learn as you go and the common sense and thoughtful preparation will be your guide all the way.
Hope the post has been helpful for all the folks out there.