pale crust problem
I am new to using a bread machine. I made my first loaf of a basic white bread. The problem is that the crust didn't turn out right. The sides and bottom were a perfect medium color, but the top was very pale. The sides and bottom seemed a little dry, top was somewhat sticky, and the rest of the bread seemed in between. I am not sure what to try because I'm not an expert at baking. Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated!
This is my first time posting here--great site! I have been baking for a couple of years and recently acquired my mum's sourdough starter (developed according to Nancy Silverton's instructions in "Bread From La Brea Bakery"). I've had wonderful success adapting favorites like cinnamon rolls and pizza to take advantage of the wild starter, and almost all of my bread turns out nicely.