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    Debra1113
    Sun May 01, 2005 10:03 pm
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    Hi guys...

    This bread thing is really confusing, but I'd really like to try baking my own bread and buns, etc. I bought an ABM at a yard sale like a year ago but haven't even touched it yet. Can you use a bread machine to do the kneading required in any recipe, or will that not always work? Also, does anyone have a link that explains how to knead dough as I don't even know how to do that... icon_redface.gif

    Thanks!
    Debra
    Donna M.
    Sun May 01, 2005 10:31 pm
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    LatteLover wrote:
    Hi guys...

    This bread thing is really confusing, but I'd really like to try baking my own bread and buns, etc. I bought an ABM at a yard sale like a year ago but haven't even touched it yet. Can you use a bread machine to do the kneading required in any recipe, or will that not always work? Also, does anyone have a link that explains how to knead dough as I don't even know how to do that... icon_redface.gif

    Thanks!
    Debra


    Hi Debra! You've come to the right place. We'll be happy to help you learn to bake bread. Yes, you can use your bread machine to knead dough for any recipe, so long as the recipe is not too large to fit in the machine. I use a bread machine for almost all my dough making. What brand is your machine, and did it come with a manual?

    Here is a link to an excellent website with instructions on how to knead: http://www.baking911.com/bread/101_knead.htm

    You can also come back here as often as you like to ask questions. Bread baking is lots of fun!
    Chef Dee
    Sat May 07, 2005 12:02 am
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    Your bread machine can knead most of your dough recipes, but don't go over 4 cups of flour. It's just too much for the machine, and it won't be mixed properly.
    Debra1113
    Sun May 08, 2005 6:10 pm
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    Thanks for your help. icon_smile.gif

    Well, I finally found my bread machine buried in the basement. I plugged it in and it seems to be working. I'm not sure if it's missing a part though. It has a basket that attaches snugly to the machine against a rubber washer thing, and then the little kneader lever thingee goes onto the bolt in the middle. But my concern is that there is nothing really covering the hole, and when everything is assembled you can see the edges of the rubber washer between the bolt and around the hole of the basket. Is this normal? The ingredients would be touching it. Am I making sense? icon_redface.gif Should I post a pic?

    Thanks for your help!

    Debra
    Donna M.
    Sun May 08, 2005 7:07 pm
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    What is the brand name of your machine? I'm sure somebody out there has one like it. Many of the manufacturers post their manuals online, so it's possible you may be able to locate the instructions that way.
    Debra1113
    Tue May 10, 2005 9:27 pm
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    My bread machine is a Citizen Auto Bakery, model J5741X. Probably not the best brand, but all I can do is try it and see how it goes. I have searched and searched online, but cannot find any manuals available. But maybe if I describe it, someone can advise how to use it or even just do a dough mix in it?

    It has a timer that for some reason seems to go from 2:30 to 12:00 (don't get that! icon_smile.gif ), a "manual" button, and 3 auto settings of light, medium and dark.

    Any insight would be great! icon_smile.gif

    I did discover a good idea online, since mine is an older type with a rubber seal at the hole in the bottom of the bucket, to put some water in, wait a while, and see if anything leaks. I'm going to definitely do that before I try to bake anything in it.

    Debra
    Donna M.
    Tue May 10, 2005 9:41 pm
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    The timer button might be a delay bake, where you can choose how long to delay the start of the machine.

    The light, medium, dark are crust settings. I prefer not to bake my breads in the machine, but when I used to do it I chose the light setting. You may need to do some experimenting to find out what works best for your machine.

    The manual, I'm not sure about. Maybe it is like a dough setting. Try it out with a small recipe and see what happens. Does your machine have a digital clock/timer? If it does, that could give you a clue as to what it is for. If the time is less than an hour, then I'd guess it is a dough cycle.

    Please keep us posted as to what you figure out. I think that some of the machines with the open hole in the bottom specify to put the dry ingredients in first and then the liquid, so as to avoid leakage. Maybe someone on 'Zaar has a machine that is similar and they will be able to advise you.
    Donna M.
    Tue May 10, 2005 9:52 pm
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    I forgot to tell you--to check the capacity of your machine, fill it to the rim with water, using a measuring cup. Keep track of how many cups it takes to fill it. If it holds between 10-12 cups, you can use a recipe for a 1 1/2 pound loaf. If it holds 13-15 cups, then a 2-pound loaf. Since it is an older machine, I would be surprised if it is bigger than 1 1/2 pound.
    Debra1113
    Sat May 14, 2005 12:27 am
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    Donna, thanks so much for all your help. Great tip to find out the loaf capacity. icon_smile.gif I'm hoping to try out the machine this week. I'll keep you posted! icon_smile.gif

    Debra
    Harley Seashell Princess
    Sun May 22, 2005 12:44 pm
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    Hi LatteLover! wave.gif
    I just received my first bread machine recently at my bridal shower. I made bread for the first time in my machine. I too am a novice when it comes to bread-baking. I really enjoyed using my bread maker (mine is a Sunbeam,) don't know how well it stacks up with others but I am hoping things work out well for you. The bread machine pretty much does it all for you. You just throw the ingredients in and it mixes, kneads, and punches and bakes! I think my bread machine was fairly inexpensive, 30 something dollars at the Walmart's. Perhaps if you enjoy using the one you have you could invest in another sometime if you can't find the parts you are looking for! Good luck and enjoy!
    Debra1113
    Mon May 23, 2005 12:24 am
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    Harley Princess wrote:
    Hi LatteLover! wave.gif
    I just received my first bread machine recently at my bridal shower. I made bread for the first time in my machine.


    Hi Harley! wave.gif How did your first bread turn out? I have the ingredients for my first recipe pick on my shopping list for tomorrow. I'm finally going to break down and give this machine a try. I think you're right though, if it doesn't work out I will probably buy a new one. I do have a birthday in like a week. icon_biggrin.gif

    I'll let you all know tomorrow how it goes! icon_smile.gif I have gotten some great tips in this forum. icon_smile.gif

    Debra
    Harley Seashell Princess
    Mon May 23, 2005 9:50 am
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    LatteLover wrote:
    Harley Princess wrote:
    Hi LatteLover! wave.gif
    I just received my first bread machine recently at my bridal shower. I made bread for the first time in my machine.


    Hi Harley! wave.gif How did your first bread turn out? I have the ingredients for my first recipe pick on my shopping list for tomorrow. I'm finally going to break down and give this machine a try. I think you're right though, if it doesn't work out I will probably buy a new one. I do have a birthday in like a week. icon_biggrin.gif

    I'll let you all know tomorrow how it goes! icon_smile.gif I have gotten some great tips in this forum. icon_smile.gif

    Debra


    My bread turned out great Debra! Hope yours does too! Happy Birthday in advance! -HP
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