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Opening the Top of the Bread Machine while Baking

dragon49's picture

Opening the Top of the Bread Machine while Baking

I have been making some breads that rise so much, they are hitting the top of the glass of the Bread Machine.  If I open the top the Bread will have room to grow.  I would need to do this for the last 30 minutes of the cycle.  I am worried that doing so will lower the temperature inside the machine and the Bread will not properly bake.


Please advise.



mrfrost's picture

Are you making recipes recommended by the manufacturer? At least as to get an idea of the maximum amount of dough your machine can bake.

You need to make smaller loaves and/or decrease the amount of yeast.

You probably need to make at least one recipe as given with the included recipe book. If it is rated as a 2 lb max machine, make one of the included 2 lb recipes. Then go from there.


dragon49's picture

Thanks for the reply but you didn't answer my question.

I've made many of the recommended recipies.  They don't try to rise past the top of the glass.  I've been playing around lately and have been making some huge breads.  Maybe I have been using too must yeast.

Here is a Rye that caused me to start the thread.  I'll write back tommorow with a review of the taste:

A drop less than 1 1/2 cups Tap Water

3 1/2 tablespoons Olive Oil

3 1/2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

2 teaspoons Sea Salt

1 Whole Egg

3 Tablespoons Caraway Seeds


1 1/2 cups +1 Tablespoon of White (unbleached All Purpose Flour)

1 Cup +2 Tablespoons of Whole Grain Rye

1 Tablespoon Whole Wheat Flour

2/3 Cup Semolina Flour

2 tablespoons Barley Flour

2 tablespoons Duram Ata Flour

2 Tablespoons Vital Wheat Gluten

1 tablespoon Instant Fleischman's Yeast


I can make any decent size (about 2/3 of the size of the Bread pan) Bread using 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour and 1 1/2 cups any other grain.  This bread could have used a Machine that was 2 inches taller.  It looks like I used 7 Tablespoons more flour than the machine could handle.






dragon49's picture

This does not have enough rye flavor for the amount of rye that I put into it.