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Converting recipes

schapin@mitre.org (Susan Chapin)
Tue, 13 Feb 1996 09:07:26 -0500
>And finally, a question. I have been hesitant to mess around with unproven
>(no pun intended) recipes. How does one convert a regular bread recipe to
>the bread machine?
>Jean Burnett

What I do is to figure out a basic recipe --amount of flour, water,
sweetener, oil, salt.  Then I take the new recipe and do the fractions on
the flour to get it to the bread machine amount of flour and on the liquid
to get it to the bread machine amount of liquid, taking into account that
liquid sweetener and oil count as liquid more or less.

Then I try the converted recipe, watching the knead cycle and adding flour
or water as required.  I taste the result, and try again.  It may take two
or three loaves before I am satisfied.

Note that most flours do not convert 1 to 1 to wheat by volume -- oat flour
in particular is a bit denser -- but hey, for a first draft I usually
ignore that, and add more water if necessary.

Don't hesitate to play, but don't plan to serve your first converted loaf
to company either.

        - susan

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