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Pies from your Bread Machine

Pies from your Bread Machine

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Pie crusts are a snap with your bread machine. Learn how to make pies and pie crusts with your bread maker - including many recipes.

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Panasonic SD-RD250 Bread Maker Machine

Panasonic SD-RD250 Bread Maker Machine

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Panasonic SD-RD250 bread maker review. A good basic machine with a fruit and nut hopper but does not have a viewing window in the lid.

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Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Bread Maker Machine

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Bread Maker Machine

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Zojirushi BB-PAC20 bread machine review. The best bread maker we've reviewed. Top of the line with full features and high customer ratings.

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Jellies and Jams Recipes from Your Bread Machine

Jellies and Jams Recipes from Your Bread Machine

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Jellies & Jams from Your Bread Machine. Some people don't know they can make Jellies & jams in their bread Maker. Here are some of the most popular recipes.

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Breadman BK1050S Bread Machine – Full Review

Breadman BK1050S Bread Machine – Full Review

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Breadman BK 1050S Bread maker review. A mid to low-priced bread machine with interesting features but highly divisive opinions from past and current owners.

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SKG Automatic 2-Pound Bread Maker – Full Review

SKG Automatic 2-Pound Bread Maker – Full Review

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SKG Automatic 2-Pound Bread Maker full review. A relatively inexpensive machine with superior styling, great customer service and a yogurt making option.

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Rosewill R-BM-01 Bread Machine – Full Review

Rosewill R-BM-01 Bread Machine – Full Review

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Rosewill R-BM-01 Bread machine review. One of the lowest priced bread machines we’ve reviewed with great customer service and minimal complaints from owners.

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New and Trending Bread Maker Recipes

New and Trending Bread Maker Recipes

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You probably won't find these in every bread machine cookbook, but there are some interesting new recipes you should try in your bread Maker.

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Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Bread Maker – Full Review

Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Bread Maker – Full Review

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Cuisinart CGK-200 review . A fully featured machine at a fair price with a convection oven feature, but some problems with product quality in some instances.

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Kuissential Bread Maker Machine BMC-001

Kuissential Bread Maker Machine BMC-001

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Kuisential Bread Maker BMC-001 review. A very good price for a bread machine with advanced features, good customer reviews and exceptional customer service.

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Browsing All Comments By: Steve Nubie
  1. Reply
    Steve Nubie September 19, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Hi Samantha,

    There’s always a challenge when making a cake bread. You can tell when something is a cake bread because the recipe calls for baking soda and/or baking powder instead of yeast. The test for doneness is to insert a wooden skewer or knife into the center when you think it’s done. If the knife or the skewer come out wet it means the cake bread needs more time. There are settings on most bread machines that let you add baking time. I would start with 10 minute increments and test again with the skewer or knife until it comes out dry. If you don’t have custom settings on your machine you could try the 2.0-pound loaf setting or take the entire loaf and finish it in the oven on a baking sheet at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, again testing the center every 10 minutes. The outside of the loaf will have enough integrity to support the loaf in the oven. I hope this helps.

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    Steve Nubie June 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Hi Manju,

    Yes and no. You should definitely lift the lid during the kneading cycle. You want to check on dough ball integrity. If the dough appears loose and watery you should add a tablespoon of flour and give it a minute and see if the dough has thickened up. You want to end up with a nice, smooth dough ball in the machine. If the dough ball appears to be too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time to loosen it up. If one tablespoon doesn’t do it, add another until you get the desired result. However, you should try avoid lifting the lid during the rising and baking cycle. Even a room temperature draft can cause the bread to sink or fall. Yet, there are times when a recipe calls for you to lift the lid as your approaching the rise cycle or after the rise cycle. Some recipes call for a topping of nuts, cheese, garlic, chocolate chips or other types of toppings like herbs or an egg glaze. In those instances you should be prepared and lift the lid after the rise and top the bread as quickly as possible and immediately close the lid and make sure it’s down tight. In fact, some toppings like cheese or chocolate should be added to the top towards the end of the baking cycle so they don’t burn. Here again, do it as quickly as possible.

    You’ll find that some bread types hold up better to draft than others. Whole grain and sourdough breads are a bit more resilient to drafts, while white breads are the most sensitive. The trick to preventing the bread from falling is to only open the lid during the rising and baking cycle when you absolutely have to and depend on the viewing window and a small flashlight to check progress. If you’re lifting the lid just to take a peak you’re risking a sunken loaf.

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    Steve Nubie September 2, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Hi Natasha,

    #1. This may be a yeast problem. The best yeast to use is actually called “bread machine yeast.” It’s sold in a jar and costs from $6 to $8 USD. That may seem expensive but when you consider the quantity of yeast you get for the money it’s a very good value.
    #2. Always store yeast in the refrigerator whether it’s in a jar or a packet. Yeast is a dormant, living organism. It’s actually a form of fungus. When it comes in contact with warm water, flour and sugar it begins to multiple and give off a waste product: carbon dioxide. It’s the carbon dioxide that literally inflates the dough and causes it to rise.
    #3. Measure all ingredients precisely. Use a dry measure cup for things like flour or oatmeal and run the back of a knife across the top of the cup to get a precise measure. Do the same with teaspoons or tablespoons. Baking is like alchemy and is very unforgiving if measurements aren’t precise.
    #4. Any liquid added to a recipe like water or milk should be 110 degrees Fahrenheit or 43 degrees Celsius. This is easy to do with a microwave oven. Put one glass of water into the microwave on a high setting for 40 seconds. You will find you are very close to the temperature. This is another critical step for yeast. Yeast likes warm water or warm milk.
    #5. Add ingredients to the bread pan in the order indicated in the ingredients section of the recipe and always add the yeast last, on top of the flour or other dry ingredients.
    #6. Try using bread flour as an added ingredient. Bread flour is the highest in gluten and yeast loves gluten. It costs a bit more than all-purpose flour but the results are worth it.
    #7. With regards to “activating” yeast this step is sometimes referred to as “proofing.” It’s rarely done with bread machine recipes. It involves adding the yeast to warm water and a sweetener like sugar or honey to give the yeast a head start for flours that are low in gluten or gluten-free and even then, that’s not always necessary.

    Hope this helps 🙂

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    Steve Nubie September 2, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Hi Jessie,
    There are two ways to handle the paddle the insert.
    #1. Pull the dough ball out of the bread pan after the rising cycle and before the baking cycle and physically remove the paddle. Return the dough ball to the bread pan and let the baking cycle continues. It will still leave a small hole but it will be no larger than a pencil about one-inch deep.
    #2. Remove the entire dough ball from the bread machine after the rising cycle and place into a buttered or oiled bread pan. Let rise again for 30 minutes and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 176 degrees Celsius for 30 to 40 minutes.

    Hope this helps!

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    Steve Nubie August 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Liz, I’m not sure that cutting the sugar in half is a good idea and it has nothing to do with sweetness. Sugar and heat are two of the things that help a liquid or fruit to gel into a jelly or jam upon cooling. If the recipe also calls for the addition of pectin, that would compensate for less sugar. If it doesn’t you might end up with plum syrup.

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    Steve Nubie August 11, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Hi Martha,

    The key to making any cake in a bread machine is to ensure it has a “cake setting.” Without that setting you can still use the bread machine to make the batter using using the pizza dough or pasta dough cycle or use the bread dough setting but remove the batter before the dough setting tries to cause the batter to rise. Cake breads or “batter” breads don’t have yeast in the recipe. They usually have baking powder and/or baking soda so the cake will rise in the oven. The typical oven setting is 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes but you need to insert a knife or wooden skewer into the center of the bread to make sure it’s done. If it comes out wet add another 10 minutes. In the article and the recipes a lot of these tips are covered along with solutions to both using the bread machine for the full baking cycle or baking and finishing in the oven. Hope this helps.

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    Steve Nubie July 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Paul – yes we do. For example:
    Seven Grain Bread Recipe
    Ancient Grains Bread Recipe
    Diabetic Multi Grain Bread Recipe
    Crusty Whole-Grain Bread Recipe

    You can also view the full list of our recipes here: (note: we add new ones on a regular basis)
    Full Bread Maker Machines Recipe List

  8. Reply
    Steve Nubie July 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Hi,

    You’re in luck. Because this is a cake-bread or batter-bread recipe you don’t need sugar to feed the yeast. Batter-breads rise towards the end of the baking cycle because they depend on baking powder and/or baking soda, Any sweeteners are for flavor rather than a fuel for yeast. You may need to adjust your amount of Stevia or honey as you continue to experiment, but this should be a good starting point.

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    Steve Nubie July 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Hi David,

    You can make cherry jam.
    The cherries need to be pitted and chopped in a food processor or blender. You could also reduce them to cherry juice in a juicer or strain after using the food processor or blender. The best recipe would be any recipe for berries like blueberries or strawberries. You may need to add some pectin (Knox gelatin) to help firm up the jam or jelly which is a standard addition to any jam or jelly made with juice.

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    Steve Nubie July 9, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Hi,

    Yes you can substitute honey for sugar in a jam or jelly recipe in your bread machine, but here are a few things you need to be aware of. For one, natural sugar has certain gelling or setting properties when brought to the proper temperature. This helps the jam or jelly to set and create a firm texture. Honey lacks some of these properties. There are two solutions. One is to use fruits high in natural pectin. Pectin is a thickening agent that creates a gel. These fruits include: Peaches, apples, oranges, grapefruit and apricots contain the highest amount of pectin among fruits. For example, one small peach contains 0.91 gram of pectin, while 1 cup of apple slices contains 0.654 gram of pectin.

    Another thing to consider is addition of pectin from a store-bought source. A common brand name for this type of product is “Know gelatin.” I would add a package to any jam or jelly recipe made with honey and you may find you need to add two. You’ll have to experiment but don’t be surprised if your first effort results in a syrup. In that case, enjoy the syrup on some pancakes and try, try again. (-:

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    Steve Nubie June 23, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Hello Elizabeth,

    Good news and bad news if you want to make a jam or jelly and don’t have a jam or jelly setting on your bread machine. The good news is you can use the basic white bread setting to mix, mash and start your jam or jelly.
    The bad news is that the jam and jelly setting on bread machines gets to a higher temperature than any other setting on the machine. The setting also maintains the heat longer. The high heat is necessary to allow the sugar, gelatin or pectin and the natural pectin in fruit to sufficiently gel when chilled.

    Our recommendation is that you try it with the white bread setting and pour the jam or jelly into sterilized jars, cap, let them rest at room temperature for an hour and refrigerate. You may get lucky and have a nicely gelled jam or jelly or you may end up with a fruit syrup. That would be really good on pancakes or waffles, but it may not be what you want. If you have success it’s probably due to higher amounts of natural pectin in certain fruits. If you don’t have success there are a couple of alternatives

    You could start the white bread setting again and run it for a second time. Unfortunately that would take about 7 hours to run the basic white setting twice.

    The best solution is to take the fruit syrup either directly from the bread machine or from your jelly jars and pour it into a saucepan and heat it over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. You have to stir constantly. Once it starts to boil reduce it to medium to medium-low heat. You want the bubbling to continue, but if it becomes robust you could get burned. Sugar in anything makes everything extremely hot. After 5 minutes of gentle boiling and constant stirring, remove the saucepan to a cold burner and let it rest for 5 minutes. Pour it back into sterilized canning jars and seal, let rest at room temperature for an hour and refrigerate. You should have a better result and a consistency more like the jam or jelly you want.

    One thing to keep in mind you do anything like running a setting or finish on the stovetop, you should try the basic white bread setting; jar the jelly or jam and assess the result after refrigeration.

    Hope this helps
    Thanks,
    Steve

  12. Reply
    Steve Nubie June 7, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Hi Becky,

    Most bread machines do a double knead and double rise cycle. It’s not the machine but the ingredients and how you have combined them. Measure carefully and add the yeast last on top of the flour. This is an unusual occurrence considering that you have had mixed results.

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    Steve Nubie December 7, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Hi, just skip the dry milk ingredient. Adding liquid milk will affect the consistency of the dough.

  14. Reply
    Steve Nubie November 25, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Hi Katie,

    The proper water temperature activates the yeast at the outset. It will maintain long enough to give the yeast the best chance to grow and rise in the dough. It will cool down eventually, but by then the yeast has started to do its job.

  15. Reply
    Steve Nubie October 1, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    No need to reduce the juice. The sugar and the recipe make it all work.

  16. Reply
    Steve Nubie August 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Martin,

    Most people have the opposite problem. You might want to try using all purpose flour or whole wheat flour. Maybe a blend of half whole wheat and half all purpose flour. You might also want to reduce the amount of yeast by a 1/4 to a 1/2 teaspoons less. Adding a bit more salt like a half to a teaspoon in addition to what the recipe indicates can also reduce the activeness of the yeast. You might have to experiment a bit 🙂
    Good luck!

  17. Reply
    Steve Nubie March 29, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Hi Anna,

    Jelly made in the bread machine can be jarred and processed in a water-bath. Check canning timetables on the Internet for jams and jellies to determine the proper amount of time.

    Steve.

  18. Reply
    Steve Nubie March 25, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Hi Kim,

    I am not aware of a bread machine that let’s you do a delayed setting for the dough cycle, but I suspect a machine with custom settings might allow that. Let us know if you find one 🙂

    Steve.

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