BR> I got a Toastmaster bread machine which I really like (makes 1-1/2
BR> pound loaves, is quiet, etc.) - but I'm having a terrible time with
BR> sunken loaves. I watch the moisture content while the dough is being
BR> kneaded, so I don't think it's too much moisture - which leaves me
BR> with the conclusion that it's too much yeast. (the loaves rise very
BR> nicely and then sink during the baking time)
BR> I'm using Red Star active dry yeast (not the rapid rise) - and
BR> generally make recipes out of Donna German's books. It's becoming
BR> quite expensive to keep flopping all these loaves of bread, since I
BR> use quite a lot of the different recipes using all the "fun"
BR> ingredients - various whole grains, cereals, fruits, nuts, etc.
BR> Has anyone else had to cut the yeast back quite drastically? I have
BR> one cookbook (Better Homes & Gardens Bread Machine Bounty) in which
BR> almost all the recipes call for 1 t. of yeast regardless of whether
BR> making a 1 lb. or a 1-1/2 lb. loaf.
BR> On the other hand, the recipe book that came with my machine has
BR> recipes that call for 2 or more teaspoons - I'm sure reluctant to try
Sunken loaves are almost always an indiciation of too much liquid in the mix.
Too much yeast will not cause the bread to fall, it will turn in to a
"Mushroom", blossoming out over the top of the pan and pressing against the lid
of the machine.
Try this, add only 2/3 of the liquid called for in the recipe. Start the
machine and let it run for a minute or two. Keep the machine running but open
the cover. The dough should be grainly and rough and may not even have formed
a ball. Add liquid, 1 teaspoon at a time, waiting 30 seconds or so after each
addition, until the doughball forms with a smooth, soft, silky texture (reach
right in and touch it).
If you add too much liquid, the walls of the pan with be wet and there may be a
smear of dough on the bottom of the pan. Add flour, 1 teaspoon at a time,
waiting 30 to 45 seconds after each addition, until you have a soft, smooth
textured ball of dough with a silky feel.
Add 1 more teaspoon of flour, close the cover and go away until your perfect
loaf of bread is finished.
... Can you repeat the part after "Listen carefully..."?