Loretta SorensenIt took me many years to realize that, if I used the right recipe method, my bread machine would produce loaves to die for.

So, what is the right method? While it’s not the ONLY way to coax beautiful bread from a bread machine, you’ll have much better success with making bread if you start with a precise temperature range for your recipe liquid and keep your dough in warm conditions during the mix-knead-rise process.


How does that help? It’s a scientific fact that yeast needs to be warm to “activate,” to cause bread dough to rise. In my own experiments, I’ve found that heating my recipe liquid to a temperature range between 105 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit makes my yeast very happy!

Most of my bread is whole grain, so my recipes call for water. I use the hottest water right out of my kitchen tap because I add refrigerated maple syrup for sweetener, which quickly cools the water. Most times, the combination of hottest water and refrigerated syrup results in the desired temperature range: 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

3/6/2019 7:24:22 AM

About a month ago, we resurrected our old DAK "R2D2" bread maker and tested it with the self-test. After it passed, we started making bread again after a many-year hiatus. We do one loaf a week, on the weekends, and eat it over the week, sharing some with our daughter's family at Saturday night dinner. Nothing better than fresh warm bread and crock-pot stew on a cold, snowy evening!

2/1/2019 8:23:37 AM

Lorretta, you are determined to get me back into the bread baking business, aren't you. When I was baking bread I would start the yeast with a bit of honey in warm water while I was mixing up the dough dry ingredients. When the dough was mixed, I had a special bowl that would hold the dough for five loaves. I would run a couple inches of hot water from the tap into one side of the double sink; set the dish drainer in the sink; set the bowl with the dough in the dish drainer; and cover the whole sink with a towel. It worked great for raising the dough. ***** Have a great bread baking day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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