>I love my Breadman Plus TR600. Bakes everything from sourdough to
>I does have a major problem that I can't seem to correct. THE PADDLE!
>Bakes into every loaf & leaves a major hole at the bottom that is
>quite humorous to some & hideous to others. You call the Salton # &
>they tell you to dig it out with a plastic utensil & I tell them that
>I don't like half a 2# loaf missing the middle. Salton is very unfriendly.
>Anyone have a cure???? HELP! Loaves I give away as gifts look half
Perhaps not a cure..but a way around the problem. There is a short
'punch-down' cycle between the first and second rise. Immediately following
the punch down, remove dough from pan (with slightly damp or greased hands),
then take that darn paddle out! This is a good time to gently shape and
smooth the dough to avoid a gnarly top crust. Return the dough to pan and
allow machine to complete second rise & baking cycle. The shaft leaves a
small indentation in the bottom crust, but the loaf slides out of the pan
easlily..without leaving a 'cavern' through the middle. It's a pain to hang
around the kitchen..or even set a timer, just waiting for the punch down
cycle..but it might be worth it for those gift loaves. - Or you could just
use the dough cycle, and bake it in a loaf pan. I'm sure you've tried all
the other tricks, like greasing the shaft & paddle.
I've only had this problem a couple of times with my Hitachi..usually with
the more dense loaves like whole wheat/oat. My main concern was avoiding the
gnarly crust, so I began smoothing the dough after the punch-down, and
figured since the paddle would no longer be needed..just remove it. Hope
this helps..sounds like Salton won't.