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My Bread Falls Apart When Slicing .....

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My Bread Falls Apart When Slicing .....

  • I could use some advice on how to make my bread stick together, so when I slice the bread, it does not fall apart. Here is the recipe I used today:
  • Persimmons = 8-10
  • Bananas = 8
  • Corn Meal = 1 cup
  • Oats = 2 cups
  • Whole Wheat Flour = 5 cups
  • Baking Soda = 4 tsp
  • Baking Powder = 8 tsp
  • Cinnamon = 4 tsp
  • Salt = 8 tsp
  • Butter = 1 cup
  • Brown Sugar = 1 cup
  • Milk = 1 cup
  • Eggs = 3
  • Vanilla = 4 tsp
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Mini Oven

at first glance until I start adding up the mashed fruit.  Then it looks like a cake, one that is cut more into squares than slices.  How about slicing thicker?

What condition are the bananas and persimmons?  Dead ripe or more green? How many cups of fruit?  

Try mixing up the mashed fruit with the ww flour,corn and oats letting them soak for 4 hours or so before mixing, that might help develop the small amount of gluten in the ww flour.  You might also try replacing one cup of ww flour with one of bread flour.   Oats?  Rolled oats soak up moisture but make a crumbly crumb when added raw, same with the corn.  

What was the batter like?

How are all the ingredients combined?

What did you use for pans?

I know, a lot of questions but more info helps.  Also how old is the recipe?