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Half sized dish shaped wholemeal bread

I have observed my bread rise perfectly then shortly after the baking-oven cycle comes on it just collapses forming a big crater. The bread is tasty and edible if heavy with a course texture. I have no probs with white bread it is perfect every time so it's not the machine.
Recipe used: 3 1/3 cups of wholemeal flour, tablespoon of vegetable oil, 3 teaspoons of dried yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 1/3 cups of water.
Programme used Wholemeal
I would very much appreciate any suggestions.

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Re: half sized dish shaped wholemeal bread

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.

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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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My bread appears to be rising well with a nicely rounded top then somewhere early in the bake cycle the top collapses or falls. What would cause that?

This is probably caused by a large bubble forming in the dome. Try cutting back on the yeast by a half teaspoon. Bread maker recipes are a hit or miss situation.

Jan 27, 2015 | Breadmakers

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When I use the dough cycle on my bread maker, the dough doesn't seem to rise enough and is sticky and wet.

Looks like you have the same bread man machine I have. My metod is too unplug the machine for a half hour then put it through a second round of mixing. At the end of secound mixing I place the dough in a bowl greased and large enough for the dough to rise one last time oil top of dough cover with a towel on top of stove turned on set to the desired temperature. Keep dough away from any drafts. Once dough has doubled in size usually about one hour, take dough from bowl and divide it into buns or loafs of bread. Let dough rise again covered. Place in oven bake for about 15 minutes or longer until desired color, bread is done when you tap the top of it and it has a hollow sound, remove from oven let cool in pan for about 5 minutes, then take bread out of pan and place on a rack that allowes air to flow all around it. The reason for the rack is that baked bread that is allowd to cool on a fly surface will cause the bread to sweat on the bottom. Make sure yeast is good not expired or left out in the open

Dec 08, 2014 | Breadmakers

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Why does my bread continually fall in baking cycle

i use reg yeast ~~ my machine doesnt rise long enough so i use it just to mix the ingredients and do the 1st rise --i take it out before the final rise and raise it in a bread pan myself and bake it to 195 degrees
ALL baked goods should be baked to a specific internal temp!!!!!!!
Checking the internal temperature of bread is a foolproof way to tell if it is fully baked. Insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the loaf and the internal temperature should be 190 to 200 degrees~~cakes about 210

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Bread collapses after rising at start of bake cycle

bake the same recipe next time but use 1 tablespoon less liquid. It should get better. If it only gets a little better then use 2 tablespoons less on the second one. Total of 2 should do it if you have to go that far.

Jan 17, 2011 | Breadmakers

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Using the same recipe I've used many times, the machine stopped after mixing and before rising, and all lights went off, and did not come back on after a half hour. I am going to start over. However, I am...

If the bread maker still works, means that you had a temporary power outage. You can naturally bake it in the oven, but you will have to allow time for the yeast to activate and rise the dough to approximately double size than the starting dough. You can use a cooking pot full of warm (120-135f) and have the dough seating over it (in the pan that you will bake it in).Cover the whole thing (water and dough)with terry cloth towel for minimum of 45 minutes and bake it in a pre-heated oven (425f). Avoid any drafts durring the rising of the dough.

Jan 16, 2011 | Panasonic 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.

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Everything works fine, bread rises and looks like it will be beautiful, but almost every time, the top collapses by the end of the baking cycle. This happens whether I use the regular cycle or the whole...

The next time you bake bread use 1 tablespoon less liquid. If it still collapses then the 2nd time use one tablespoon less liquid and ONE MORE tablespoon of flour. That should do it!

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Lately, every time I bake bread (using same recipe that always worked well in the past) I end up with a loaf that is collapsed in the middle with top half either missing or looking half baked. The machine...

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

Jan 18, 2010 | Breadmakers

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Every time I bake a wholemeal loaf, it bakes well enough, but it tapers off to one end. This problem does not seem to occur with white bread, which rises evenly throughout the length of the loaf.

Fast Action Easy Bake yeast is supposed to help with improving the volume of a loaf, but you can add 1/4 tsp of Vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid) to whole wheat loafs to improve the rise. Sometimes mixing the flours helps as a small amount of white (30%) can make the loaf less dense. Make sure you use the best quality flour you can afford - the cheap ones don't always make such a good loaf.

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