Once-Perfect Recipe Now is Failing Me - Could it be the Machine?
Very simply, here's the recipe for whole wheat bread that I've been making for years:
1.25 cups water
1/4 cup honey
1.5 tsp salt
2 tbsp canola oil
3 cups whole wheat flour
1.5 tsp yeast
1 tbsp vital wheat gluten
I've produced dozens of 1.5 lb loaves from this recipe, using my Williams-Sonam bread machine that's now 3 or 4 years old. The bread is wonderful.
But the last six loaves have all been half-height, making them dense and not so tasty. I've bought new yeast/honey/gluten/dough with no change. Could it be the machine isn't generating enough heat? How could I tell if this were so? Any other suggestions on how to track down the problem?
Whole Wheat Guy