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What did I do wrongly ?

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Precious

What did I do wrongly ?

Hi, Anyone...any ideas/suggestions for me


 


My husband bought this Bread Machine from NY, JR store: Cuisinart CBK 200


 


1. My first loaf (from the recipe provided) - Oatmeal Bread


Settings: white, loaf size: 3, medium crust color


Outcome: The texture is coarse and the crust is tough and not brown properly


 


2. My 2nd Recipe (from  Bread-maker.net) - Corn Bread


Settings: white, load size: 2, dark


Outcome: The texture is coarse and the crust is tough and dark... and the whole loaf sunk in the centre


 


What did I do wrong?


Is it the yeast? I put that in last..


 


Curious,


Zane


 


 


 


 


 

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mrfrost

For the first loaf, it's possible your dough was too dry. For the second loaf, it may have been too wet, or too much yeast.


Suggestions:


1. If possible, weigh your ingredients(if the recipe is listed with weights, or the weight per cup of flour has been established).


2. Use bread flour.


3. Watch the dough as it is kneading to ensure the ingredients are being evenly incorporated, and the dough is ultimately achieving the consistency described in the recipe. Add liquid/flour as necessary.


4. Try the bread machine recipes at www.kingarthurflour.com . They are tried and true as long as you follow their very thorough instructions. Read the recipe's reviews and comments, and if there is an applicable blog(Baker's Banter), read that too.


You may come to find that no matter what, the machine will never bake the loaf the quite meets your expectations. As a last resort, try manually shaping, panning, and baking the loaf in your oven.


Good luck.

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Precious

Noted, I will do more homework. Thanks!