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Collapsed bread The top of every loaf of bread collapses. It never makes a raised top.

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  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2008

    Using the "whole Wheat" recipe in the booklet.

    bread collapses in the centre.

    have tried adding more gluten but problem continues.

    Only made two loaves so far.

  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2008

    Bread falls while baking -

  • Anonymous Aug 24, 2008

    Every loaf, no matter the recipe, collapes.

  • Cindy Grewell
    Cindy Grewell Oct 12, 2008

    same problem, every loaf caves in the last half hour. the bread is still great just not good looking

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    bought yesterday, both loaves have collapsed so far, Im now on a third, this time with a mix. If this one collapses, Im taking it back.

  • hollycourtne Oct 23, 2008

    I really think it is a problem with the machine.  I have another bread machine and can use the exact same recipe at the same time side by side and the sunbeam will collapse while the other one doesn't.  Also, if I just throw the dough in a loaf pan and bake it, it comes out perfect.  I think it has to do with oven temp.

  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2008

    When I bought this machine last year it did OK. NOW every loaf collapses in the final half hour. I've used different receipes and tried varying the yeast (some say less will help).

    I will try monitoring the dough ball and see if drier will help.

  • Anonymous Nov 25, 2008

    Every loaf of bread I make in the machine, no matter what tweeks I make the recipe, less water, more water, more flower, more yeast etc, falls in the last part of the baking period. It will rise nicely and toward the end I will see a nicely rounded loaf of bread through the window but the end result is still a fallen or collapsed loaf of bread. After reading the posts here, will buy a new and different bread machine or go back to making it the old fashioned way.


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Likely, your loaf is too wet.
This can happen with as little as 1 Tablespoon too much liquid. It's hard to describe "the look," but what I learned to do was to watch the bread during the initial mixing cycle (after the paddle begins to turn full circles). The dough should not stick to the side of the pan while mixing, and it should look elastic, but not shiny. If it looks shiny, there's too much liquid in relationship to flour. I add a tablespoon of flour at a time during the mixing cycle, until I get a good consistency.
There's nothing wrong with the taste of the sunken loaves. We usually just shrug and eat them anyway.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

Try using recipes other than the ones in the book.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

This is a problem with whole wheat. Try replacing more of the wheat flour with white. Also try using more yeast and/or sugar

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If using more than 50% whole wheat flour add 2-3 tablespoons of gluten, also called vital gluten. Whole wheat flour does not contain gluten which is needed for rising properly. It doesn't hurt to add gluten to any bread recipe just use less if you are using all white flour, about 1 tablespoon. You can find gluten in most big supermarkets in the baking aisle or in health food stores. I also find certain brands of white flour will result in a caved in top. I have the very best results with Robin Hood and not as good results with Gold Medal even when I add gluten.

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