Problems and Solutions - Bread Machines

Short, small loaf

  • Dough too dry - added too much flour. Correct with a teaspoon of water at a time during the kneading cycle.
  • Check expiration date on yeast package and test for freshness.

No rise

  • Check expiration date on yeast package and test for freshness. 
  • Add ingredients in recommended order
  • Too little yeast
  • Too little liquid
  • Increase sugar and water
  • Ingredient temperature wrong
  • Use bread flour

Underbaked, gummy core

  • Dough too wet. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour in the kneading cycle.

Collapsed loaf / Open texture / Raw on top

  • Too much yeast. Adjust amount of yeast downward by 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon. 
  • Too little flour / too much liquid. Add in 1 to 2 tablespoons flour

Mushroom shape

  • Water used to dissolve the yeast was too warm.
  • Dough too wet. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour in the kneading cycle.

Heavy, dense texture

  • Too much flour or add-ins such as bran or oatmeal. Watch dough as it mixes and add extra water 1 teaspoon at a time, until a soft, but elastic, dough is formed.

Full of holes, or the texture is coarse

  • Too much yeast or too much liquid in the dough. Measure carefully.

Underdone or burned

  • Try adjusting the temperature control. Breads with a lot of sugar and milk or dairy will brown faster than those without.

Crust too brown

  • Use a lighter setting
  • Remove loaf a few minutes before baking cycle completes

Lumpy / Uneven or rough top

  • Try adding a little more liquid. Watch the dough during the kneading process to make sure there's enough moisture to form a ball.

Sticky and won't form a ball when kneaded

  • Try adding more flour, a tablespoon at a time, until a ball is formed

Rose to the top of the machine or overflowed.

  • Not enough salt - add in full amount, but no more or less.
  • Check amount and/or type of yeast. Sometimes bread will over rise or rise too fast - adjust amount of yeast by 1/4 teaspoon or add in 1 to 2 tablespoons flour
  • Water temperature incorrect

Top of loaf is too soft

  • Remove the bread from the machine as soon as it is finished baking because moisture will quickly condense on top.

Crumbly and dry and doesn't form a ball when kneaded.

  • Too much flour / Not enough liquid. Try adding more liquid, a teaspoon at a time, until a ball is formed.

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