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Bread machine - dough does not form

Tranquil's picture

Bread machine - dough does not form


I am hoping for some advice regarding my bread machine.  This morning I used it to make pizza dough - it worked fine.

I then tried the recipe for whole wheat bread.  The past few times, it has been very unsuccessful and I feel like I am wasting ingredients.  I've attached a picture of what it looks like. 

I follow the recipe very closely - 1/4 cup water (80-90o), 1/4 cup milk (80-90o), 2 Tbsp cottage cheese, butter, honey, 1 tsp salt, 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, 2 cups bread flour, 1 tsp bread machine yeast.  This is suppose to make a 1lb loaf of bread.

i am looking for suggestions to resolve this problem....thank you for your help!


Bob S.'s picture
Bob S.

From the ingredients you listed, I estimate the hydration of your dough at approximately  36% - 40%.  It should be closer to 70%. Try adding another 1/3 to 1/2 cup of water.