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Re: the bread is too dry
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Breadmakers usually don't have as many crust settings as this one does. Darker crust settings usually equate to dryer bread because the bread bakes longer. The longer the bread bakes, the more moisture is removed. Accordingly, if you've tried this many recipes with dry texture, try progressively lighter crust settings until you get the moisture you desire. As for me, I rarely bake my bread in the machine (I don't like the hole in the bottom of the loaf). I do, however, appreciate the dough setting which does all the hard work, and I just bake it in the pan. I think the results are better and I get a better shaped loaf.
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You're using a fast-acting type of yeast instead of the standard active dry yeast. It's a very common mistake made even more common by the erroneous bread machine recipe writers. Here are the rules concerning bread machines and the yeasts they love the most: Use standard active dry yeast for all your standard-rise bread recipes. For the fast-bake white bread recipes use only fast-acting dry yeast. Fast-bake type mode selections are available on most newer models and the custom recipes provided in their instruction manuals are the only ones you should use. You should never experiment with recipe ingredients and their portions when using the fast-bake mode on any breadmaker. P.S. Always refrigerate your yeast with a close eye on the expiration date. When using grocery-bought bread mixes always substitute the yeast packet provided with fresh active dry yeast. Tip: A packet (or "sachet") of standard active dry yeast contains 2-1/4 teaspoons. Hope this helps.
You may find that one machine (the old one) stipulates Active Dry Yeast and the other one (new) stipulates Rapid Rise Bread Machine Yeast. What are the main differences from your old recipe and a similar recipe in your new recipe?
Here is the recipe from the manual
3 cups of water (80 to 90 F)
3 tbsp butter or margarine, cut into pieces
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp dry milk powder
4 tbsp sugar
5 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/4 tsp active dry or bread machine yeast
1. Measure ingredients into bread pan in the order listed
2. Insert bread pan into unit, close lid. Plug unit into wall outlet
3. Select Sandwich setting and appropriate loaf size (3 lb)
4. Press start button
5. The Complete Signal will sound when bread is done.
6. Using pot holders remove bread pan from the unit and carefully remove bread from pan and turn right side up. (Kneading blade may remain in bread. Remove blade when bread is cooled.
7. Allow bread to cool on wire rack until ready to serve at least 20 minutes.
Traditional White Bread (2 lb. loaf)
1 and 3/8 cups water
2 tblsp butter or marg.
1 and 3/4 tsp salt
4 cups bread flour
2 tblsp dry milk
2 tblsp sugar
2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
Measure and add liquid ingredients to the bread pan
Measure and add dry ingredients (except yeast) to bread pan.
Use your finger to form a well (hole) in the flour where you will pour the yeast. Measure the yeast and carefully pour into the well.
Snap the baking pan into the breadmaker and close the lid.
Press "Select" button to choose the Basic setting.
Press the "Crust Color" button to choose light, medium or dark crust.
Press the "Start/Stop" button.
I've found that the recipe books that come with most appliances, aren't very accurate. They don't accomodate different altitudes or even different countries. I hate trying to convert European recipes to American. European recipes list their dry ingredients by weight, not by volume. I had to find a recipe converting website to change a lot of those that sounded good.
You can try replacing some of the heavier wheat flour with some lighter sifted bread flour. (You'll need to sift the wheat flour too.) I use Splenda when I can to try to keep the calories and carbs down, but a small amount of molassas can help sweeten too. Try experimenting with different amounts until you get one you like. You might try using fruit juice for liquid; it can sweeten while mixing in the flours. Good Luck and have fun eating your experiments.
I had a similar problem in making sourdough bread and noted on some websites the importance of correct salt and surgar quantities for rising. I increased my quantities to correct the problem. Of course the recipe was different but it may help.