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Bread Machine Mishap, Any Fixes? Left knead blade unmoved an hour in.

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Bread Machine Mishap, Any Fixes? Left knead blade unmoved an hour in.

I started a French bread loaf in my West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker for 3 and a half hours. It's an hour in when I notice one of the knead blades didn't budge an inch, so one side is bread powder and the other is a doughy paste. Most of the ingredients (sugar, salt, yeast) is, I think, in the paste, so it may turn out to be a workable half-sized loaf. However, is there any way to get the whole loaf back? Can I just restart the machine? I don't mind waiting another hour. Thank you.