> My daughter has recently received an Hitachi Breadmaster breadmaker.
>Apparently it can do everything, even make jam. I think it was in the
>$200-250 range. The only problem is the crust. She says it is not like
>regular baker's bread. It is chewy. Sometimes she even takes it off.
>Is this because of something she is doing or is probably the breadmaker's
Probably the breadmaker's fault as Mine does the same thing. By accident
I found one thing that might help however. Sugar. Recently I had to
make a "Quick Loaf" (Short on time) and as a result I used the "Quick"
cycle and increased yeast 50%. I also increased sugar 50% as I use (or used
to use) a ratio of 3 sugar to one yeast. Churst was much nicer. Not nearly
as chewey or tough as what I had been getting. SO the next time I made
a loaf I again used 50% more sugar (however as I was using the regullar cycle
and not in a hurry I used the usuall amount of yeast. Again the chrust was
better. (P.S. The day I was in a hurry I had to use "gloves" to slice the
bread to make my sandwich so I could get to work on time. It was that tight
Made it however)
So. Try a bit more sugar. I'm thinking about a bit more still but as I'm
diabetic I have to be careful about adding too much to the loaf or it will
start to show up in me instead of all being eaten by the yeast.
John F Davis In Delightful Detroit, Mi. firstname.lastname@example.org