Bread is one of the oldest staple foods in the world. Averagely, Americans consume about 53 pounds of bread annually. People used to make bread at home during the ancient times, and although you can still make homemade bread, the grown popularity of the meal has led to many food processing companies produce bread in abundance with sophisticated bread machines.
Bread machines use the same concept of making bread as the homemade bread techniques. All you need are the four primary ingredients – Flour, yeast, salt and a liquid (ei.ther milk or water). However, according to expert chefs in The Quenelle, “no matter how sophisticated your bread machine is, there are a couple of common problems you are susceptible to experience”. Here, I will highlight the key areas that make up a fully functional bread machine and the solution tips for each problem that may occur during bread making.
What makes up a bread machine?
When you are baking the bread yourself, you first mix all the ingredients then knead the dough till its elastic or else your dough won’t rise to make a decent loaf. On that note, a bread making machine encompass all these processes from just hitting of a button. It is because the machine is made up of components that operate harmoniously to make up a decent bread.These components include:
- A tin which has an axle connected to an electric motor below it.
- A small metallic paddle
- A waterproof seal to prevent any bread mixture from spilling off.
How to operate a bread machine?
First, you insert the paddle in the tin then load in the ingredients of the bread to the tin while it’s not connected to the oven. Second, you place the tin with the ingredients in the oven and choose the program you wish to use the close the tin with a lid. How does a bread machine work? After inserting the tin, you will hear the whirring sound of the motor that spins the paddle which in turn kneads the dough. After a few minutes, the machine will be quiet as the dough rises. Last, the oven will switch on and initiate the baking process.
So, what are the Common Bread Machine Problems?
If the bread does not rise…
You can avoid that by ensuring a proper measurement of the ingredients as per the recommended amount in the recipe. You can also use liquids with a temperature slightly higher than the room’s temperature (preferably 800 F).
If the machine can make very coarse-textured bread…
You can avoid that by decreasing the amount of the liquid, increasing the amount of salt or make both adjustments depending on the standard requirements.
If the bread collapses during the baking phase…
You should increase the quantity of salt or reduce the amount of yeast. Also, you should take out the loaf from the machine immediately after baking to prevent it from making a too thick crust.
If your bread comes out with too dark crust…
Some machines don’t have a crust-colour setting hence may make bread with too dark crust. You should make sure you don’t use too much sugar and remove the loaf a few minutes early before completing the baking process.
Freshly made bread is a few things that can light up your day, and with the recent inventions of bread machines, you can save cost and time you spend in a store to purchase a loaf. Operating a bread machine is no brainer. Once you familiarise yourself with the machine, you can make be decent loaves of bread without a sweat.