This bread maker has worked well for about 10 years. It is only used one or two times a year.The last time we used it the bread would only rise about half way. We got new ingredients and had the same problem again. We used the same receipe we have always used. It doesn't seem to mix as vigorously as it did. I took the bottom of the bread maker and checked the belt. It is a little loose but doesn't slip. Does any one have any idea what can be wrong?
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Is this the same machine you have been using all this time? Or, is this an old recipe that worked in your previous machine but doesn't work in your Cuisinart? If you have moved from one location such as Florida to Colorado, elevation changes like that can make a difference in bread rising properly. If nothing has changed and now your bread doesn't rise properly then try using 1 tablespoon less liquid. If that doesn't work try 2 tablespoons less liquid and 1/2 teaspoon extra yeast.
Make sure you are using the correct type of yeast. The old style active dry yeast is not as good. I recommend that you try Red Star Quick Rise Instant Dry yeast. Also be sure to store the yeast in the refrigerator. And, if you are not using a mix, try King Arthur Flour, it costs a bit more, but their tighter standards means you get more consistent results. They also have bakers who will answer your questions for free at 802-649-3717.
This is a tough one. One thing you might try until you can replace your machine is to look in your manual and look at the page that shows the cycles of the program you chose. I wonder if you could shut the machine down after the last rise cycle next time,,,,,the,,,,. Push the Stop button until it beeps.... then unplug your machine and reprogram your breadmaker on the "Bake" program and set the time by pushing the timer advance button in 10 minute increments to the equivalent of the last bake cycle of your original program for light crust bread? That just might work!
Hi, It could be that the belt is worn and not kneading the dough properly. Either that or the paddle is sticking (see if you can spin it by hand), or the heating element is not getting hot enough. Hank
Bread not rising correctly is complicated since there are so many factors involved more than just proofing temperature. You should hear a short click once in a while as it cycles the heater on for just a second at a time. You won't notice any considerable heat since too much heat will kill the yeast. Bread not rising correctly is normally due to the gluten not being developed in the bread or the flour was poor quality without much gluten to begin with. You can try adding some "Vital Wheat Gluten" to each batch to help and at the same time adjusting the yeast up by a half teaspoon at a time. Also keep in mind that the salt you add to the dough will ****** the yeast. Try and limit the salt to a teaspoon per loaf. Too little salt and the taste of the bread will go bland on you. Another aid to rising is to add some Diastatic Malt Powder to assit in the rise. And lastly, remember that you whole wheat flour will never rise as high as white flour.
Sugar is the component yeast needs to activate but I don't believe salt has much if any effect.
Check the machine's temperature during the time it should rise; it should be just noticeably warm.
If it isn't, then the controller isn't cycling the heating element as it should.
We have owned a Panasonic bread maker for ten years and gets used twice a week to make bread using "spelt " flour.About three years ago the bread maker was producing flat loaves,and was very heavy.We contacted bread making company called "Simply No Knead"and asked for there advise,as we were following the same recipe and method for around six years. They suggested that we add a little more water,and this would fix the problem.We tried this and the bread still failed to rise,so we rang them again .This time they said that we need a new bearing in the bread maker and that would fix it.We did this at a cost of $40 and still no good.This happened over a period of several months.We suggested to them that there must be something wrong with the flour,which they denied.After checking the labels on the packaging we noticed that they were using flour from another country [ I think it was Hungary ],because they had run out of suppies from Australian wheat produces. The flour was far to old,and bread won't rise if the flour is to old. As soon as they started using Australian produced flour again the bread improved dramatically.