Does this recipe look right?
I make breads in the oven but my husband likes the bread machine because it's easier. We have a bread machine recipe book and he always wants to make this particular Russian Black Bread recipe. But each time I ended up rescuing his bread because the moisture was too low. I don't do bread machine so I will have to ask those who have a lot of experience making bread in machines.
Russian Black Bread (medium loaf)
360ml/1.5 C water
30ml/2 T sunflower oil
40ml/ 2.5 T molasses
140g/ 1.25 C rye flour
85g/ 3/4 C wholemeal bread flour
250g/ 2.25 C unbleached white bread flour
40g/ 3 T oat bran
75g/ 3/4 C dried breadcrumbs
22ml/ 1.5 T cocoa powder
40ml/ 2.5 T instant coffee granules
7.5ml/ 1.5 tsp caraway seeds
7.5ml/ 1.5 tsp salt
7.5ml/ 1.5 tsp dried yeast
The ingredients go in the bread pan in different orders than our machine manual. But the book also says we should follow our manual if the orders are different.
Each time my husband tried each time he failed. We let the machine knead for 5 - 10 minutes but the "dough" would turn solid; it was just turning around and around and I wouldn't call it kneading. I always end up taking the ingredients out and mix it in my Kitchen Center with extra water so he would have a loaf of bread. I don't know why, I made Russian Black Bread (using a different recipe) all the time so it's not that he didn't get to eat it. But he seems to have problems letting this recipe go. My first bread machine actually died after one of his attempts in making the very same bread. I bought him two other bread machines and we still have the same problem. Last week he wanted to try again so I asked him to add an extra 0.5 C of water. It sort of turned out but I wouldn't call it a good loaf. I cannot come up with any other conclusions but something is off with this recipe.
What do you think?