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Clumping bread into little balls

My bread machine clumps the bread into little dough balls and bakes! What can I do to get it to make the bread into a loaf?

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  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    bread cook straight up it do not form a loaf
    ******* one side and not done in middle
    it do not shape it self in a loaf

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You probably need more liquid. Make sure you make dry measurements by weight not volume.

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Mixing OK but not heating/baking


That's not a good sign. This will keep your bread from rising properly and baking, obviously.
If you are still under warranty, contact your manufacturer, otherwise, you can still use the machine to mix but you will need to use your oven to finish your bread.
If your bread is not rising in the machine:
  • Remove mxing chamber from machine
  • If the chamber is not removable, UN-PLUG THE BREAD MACHINE so the blades DO NOT TURN.
  • Be careful of the mixing blade in the chamber
  • Remove dough gently with slightly oiled hands into a lightly oiled bowl with room for about 2x the volume of the dough
  • Cover with plastic wrap to prevent the dough from drying
  • Place the bowl of dough in an unheated oven and leave the oven OFF
  • Place an empty lasagna pan in the cold oven on a shelf below the dough or on the floor of the oven if there are no exposed elements
  • Boil some water and pour it carefully into the lasagna pan
  • Close the oven door - You have just made a proofing box. The steam and heat from the boiled water is sufficient to make a great proofing cabinet out of your oven hot box
  • Allow the dough to rise to about twice the original volume
  • remove the dough from the oven and remove the pan of water
  • continue with the baking instructions below
If your bread is rising in the machine or you have finished the above instructions:
  • Remove dough gently with slightly oiled hands into bread pans. Breadmakers are different sizes so you may need to use one or two pans. Or make an artisan style loaf on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  • Be careful not to compress your risen dough as this will make the loaves dense
  • You may also choose to make buns by separating the dough into smaller balls and placing on parchment lined cookie sheets
  • You can allow the dough to rise again for a short time in the proofing box above but I would just leave them on the counter under clean towels to prevent drying for say another 20 minutes. Over-rising bread should also be prevented. The result will be 'deflated' looking bread.
  • Preheat your oven to 375F and bake the bread until it is golden and makes a hollow sound when thumped on the top or the bottom crust
Personally, I love that a machine will mix and knead my dough for me while i go do something else but I don't like the appearance of a machine baked bread. I like the artisan hand-made look. I recommend you keep the breadmaker until you find one you like that is drastically reduced in price and just use the artisan proofing & baking options above.
If you have a Pizza Stone, you can also try that for baking an artisan bread. Use the breadmaker as the workhorse, use your oven as an artist.
Good Luck and may the Yeast be Lively!

Apr 02, 2015 | Breadmakers

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Kneading Paddle


All bread machines have a final "punch down" of the dough that lasts a few seconds before the final rise stage. When "punch down" is over that is when you can remove the dough ball, remove the paddle, set it aside and place the dough ball back in the pan. It usually helps to have your hands dusted with a little bit of flour.

Apr 21, 2013 | Morphy Richards Breadmakers

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Paddle problems.


All bread machines have a final "punch down" of the dough that lasts a few seconds before the final rise stage. When "punch down" is over that is when you can remove the dough ball, remove the paddle, set it aside and place the dough ball back in the pan. It usually helpsicon1.png to have your hands dusted with a little bit of flour.

Apr 21, 2013 | Morphy Richards 48280 FastBake Bread...

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Trying to make French bread in my toastmaster bread and butter maker. Bread rose, doesn't bake. Machine is flashing 000


If you pushed the button for "French" bread then you do have a problem. If you pushed the "Dough" buttton then the flashing0:00 just means your dough is ready.

Apr 13, 2013 | Toastmaster TBR15 Bread Maker

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When I bake a loaf of bread it comes out of the machine with the ceramic mixing paddle baked into the loaf! How do I keep this from happening?


That often happens with bread machines. You can lessen the possibility by using milk in place of water and also choose light crust. This is pretty advanced but if it really bugs you,,, here goes.... After the final punch down and at the very beginning of the final "rise" stage you can remove the dough ball with one hand,( lightly flour your hands first) try to remove the paddle with the other hand from the dough ball and return the dough ball to the center of the pan, and close the lid Just be sure you don't remove your dough ball too early... check your owner manual and be sure you don't remove it BEFORE THE FINAL PUNCH DOWN....!

Feb 15, 2013 | Breadmakers

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Hi i just got my bread machine yesterday, i tried to bake a french bread put everything in and switch it on, goes for 7 mins then machine switch off why does that happen?


It should do nothing for 15-20 minutes maybe a little less to allow the dough to rise. Then it should knead again and go into the second rise before baking

Dec 05, 2012 | Breadmakers

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Bread raises to good heights and then falls while baking to half the size. I have made 2 loaves now and it has done it to both. I have new yeast for a "bread maker machine".


Very likely Oven temperature that's too low. This means the dough rises to its maximum, then collapses before it gets hot enough to set.

Try using a little less liquid and/or more flour in your recipe; Might be enough to fix it..
Also try a different program. and/ or Try different recipes

If still happens, return machine as defective.

Jan 01, 2011 | Oster 5838 ExpressBake Bread Maker

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I have a toastmaster Bread Box bread machine...I am making French bread...the banging noise was so loud I stopped it fearing the machine was broken...is it ? If not should I continue the kneading/baking...


Unless the sound is mechanical like metal on metal etc. what you may be hearing is the sound of the dough ball being knocked around and kneaded. Sometimes that gets pretty loud. While it is kneading go ahead and open the top and see if you think the dough ball is making the noise. If it seems to be coming from somwhere else then you may have a more serious problem. Is this a new noise or it this the first time you have used the machine?

Nov 08, 2010 | Toastmaster 1183N Bread Maker

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I want to smell home baked bread!


Before loading the pan with ingredients, try turning the paddle by hand.  If it's very stiff, perhaps soak in water for a while and see if that softens the hardened dough or flour around the base of the paddle.  That could be preventing smooth turning.

Jul 07, 2008 | Sunbeam 5833 ExpressBake Bread Maker

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Bread falls while baking


Try using a little less yeast or slightly more flour. The dough is either not quite stiff enough or slightly too much yeast.

Jun 13, 2008 | Cuisinart CBK-200 Bread Maker

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