How to use a bread machine
Learning to use a bread machine can be a tricky business, the manual might not tell you anything of importance or help you at all. This quick and easy how to use a bread machine guide will help you to finally be able to use a bread machine. This is a step-by-step guide to having your bread machine function.
1.) KNOW YOUR BREAD MACHINE
I can’t emphasize this enough, not all bread machines are the same. They are of many capacities, shapes and each have a certain uniqueness with different settings and with the size of the bread bucket varying.
For example some bread machines have a “crust” function that allows you to make a crust on bread while others don’t.
Also, you don’t want to add a recipe for a certain amount of bread to a bread machine that has different capacity. So make sure you know your bread machine,capacity, settings etc.
2.) Pick what bread you want to make.
The ingredients you want for a loaf of white bread will be different from the ingredients of garlic bread. So pick the bread you want to make.
3.) Get the ingredients.
Pick the ingredients you need to make your bread. For the sake of clarity in going to use a medium loaf of bread.
For a medium loaf of classic bread
You need yeast, bread flour, salt, water, sugar.
4.) Choose the right amount of ingredients
Choose the right amount depending on your recipe or relative to your Bread Machine. Pick the right amount of ingredients you need for the bread you are making. AND BE AWARE OF THE CAPACITY OF YOUR BREAD MACHINE
You can find out the capacity of your bread bucket by a way you have probably already read about in the internet. As many people use this method to find out the capacity of the bread bucket
Keep adding cups of water to your bread bucket until it is full. Count the number of cups you added. The number of cups tells you the capacity of your bread bucket.
10 cups- 1 lb or less
More than 10 cups: 1.5 pounds
There however are some specific rules I found regarding making bread
a.) First add the water and then add the ingredients in the bread machine
b.) Use bread flour not all purpose, because bread flour is more suitable for making only bread. All purpose is blended so that it can suit many purposes.
Add the yeast last, the best idea would be to create a place in the mix where the water can not first get to the yeast before the machine starts mixing, as this makes the yeast react before the machine starts mixing
5.) use the Knead setting and allow the dough to be stretched and kneaded.
First allow the dough in the bread machine to knead (with the kneading blades there) and stretch. After the time is done for the kneading.
Then turn on the heat to allow the bread to finally be made
Heat the mixture for how long you want it to heat. Most bread machine manuals give time for how long you have to heat the dough.
When you take the bread out of the bread machine, let it cool for about 20 minutes. This is so the water in the bread will dry more, and make the bread more edible
For whatever bread you make, serve and enjoy :).