In answer to Steve A. Hocevar:
I guess what I'm asking is....does anyone have this book (Bread
Machine Magic) and what are your experiences with the receipes in it?
Yes, Steve, I have this book. I collect cookbooks (have 1700+) and
have probably 10 on bread machines alone. Bread Machine Magic is
my FAVORITE bread machine book. I have never had a failure with
any recipe I've tried from it (but haven't tried the Jalapeno/Cheese
bread). The San Francisco Sourdough French bread is my husband's
favorite. I make it on the manual setting and use a French bread
pan, spray the loaf, and keep a pan of boiling water in the oven
during baking. The loaves are wonderful!
Sorry to hear you're having trouble. I wonder if it is because
you are trying the recipes in a different brand machine? I forget
what kinds the authors used in their tests...mine is a Welbilt