This is in reply to Laura's reply to Bob about problems with his Hitachi:
>Exact and room temperature ingredients are very important, I have
>found this out from over a year with my Hitachi....a friend has
>another brand and has came to the same conclusion...
I have had my Hitachi for nearly 2 years and I'm still very happy with it,
no problems whatever. I don't worry about temperature, but 90% of the time I
used the timer overnight, so by the time the process starts the ingredients
are er two slices the hole is gone.
I also like to Zo very much. I bake
worry about it and have had no problems.
It's probably true of all bread machines that it's not safe to improvise.
My only failures have been when putting together a loaf late at night and
too tired to bother with a recipe. Once I forgot to put in the yeast! I only
get creative if I'm going to be there when the kneading starts and can check
on the flour/liquid proportions.
>Don't get down, you will figure it out, are you cleaning the container
>very well? it is imperitive that there is nothing left in it, the
>paddle has to be taken out and cleaned well, and the best advice I can
>give you is to make sure you have the stuff at room temperture, and
>that it is very fresh stuff, and that you measure it very
>exacting...besides that, be sure to use Bread Flour! Not regular (it
>will work, but it isn't the same <G>)
I think there's really something wrong with Bob's machine. I rarely clean
the container of my Hitachi, just dust out the dry leftovers, and never
clean the paddle because it's been stuck in for 6 months. I notice very
little difference between bread flour and whatever's on sale. And make
excellent bread. Oops, it's Friday, pizza night, time to start the dough