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Help Troubleshooting Deflated Wheat Loaf

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Ruddle

Help Troubleshooting Deflated Wheat Loaf

We have been baking with our Breadman Pro for some time now... achieve consistent results and have been happy. Mainly white bread recipes, bagel dough, etc.

We recently got a grain mill (WonderMill Jr. hand crank) and tried a recipe using freshly ground wheatberries (Organic Prairie Gold Hard White Wheat Berries). Unfortunately... our loaf did not turn out correctly. We have done some research but have not quite found an answer. Perhaps someone here can help troubleshoot our result so we can adjust and try again!

The recipe we used was:

 

As you can see, the bread came out somewhat deflated. The only thing was my wife decreased the molasses a tad as she doesn't really like the taste. Any ideas? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

The Ruddles

 

 

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ldavis47

I had a Breadman a while ago and the problem was always that once you start a program you can't vary the times and temperatures based on how the dough is responding. Your bread looks over proofed, so you can reduce the amount of yeast to 1 to 11/2 tsp or watch the bread and if it looks like it is fully proofed switch to the bake only program. Also I have used one tsp molasses and one tsp of honey in a recipe similar to this because I think the molasses flavor is too strong. Hope this helps.

Lloyd D. 

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Ruddle

Lloyd,

Thanks for the suggestion. We will try it. I read that gluten should be added 1TBL per cup of flour. This seemed too little. Would this affect it? Would the coarseness of the flour we milled have any effect?

Rick

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PaddyL

....why use a machine to make your bread?

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Ruddle

PaddyL,

Just how we do it at this point. Works well enough. Perhaps we will move to totally manual sometime soon!

Rick

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David Esq.

If not, that may be the problem as bread machines don't necessarily bake up "outside" breads the way we'd like. (I see it says select rapid whole wheat course, so I assume that is a bread machine setting, but just checking). 

How about replacing the 1/2 tbsp of molasses with honey, or water? Not sure if that little liquid difference will matter, but it might, no?