I have often failed at making bread from scratch & have used my breadmaker often. The bread maker comes NO WHERE close to this. First attempt tasted good but was dense. My next five attempts went MUCH better when I followed suggestions: 1) combine water, yeast and sugar ahead. making sure water is warm enough - use a thermometer - dont guess, I mixed and let sit for 10 minutes until creamy and bubbly - if you dont have bubbles, your yeast is probably old & wont rise well 2) only put the 2 c flour in to start with salt (I decreased salt, hold off on the oil for now), add the "proofed" yeast/sugar water 3) after this has mixed well (about 5 minutes) I used a kitchen aid mixer with bread hook, until bread is tacky moist, you may need to add more flour, I do it by the TBSPN - like others it took about 2 1/2 c 4) add oil 5) when bread forms together (still tacky) remove from mixer and knead with some additional flour for 6-10 minutes - you tube has some good videos on kneading techniques. Follow the rest of the recipe. Having a warm kitchen/area for it to rise seems to help a lot. First time I think the kitchen was too cold. Second time I put bowl with wet towel ontop of the heating stove. I preheat my oven for at least 1 hour - that seemed to help too. I like crusty so I did egg wash and ice cubes in oven. I baked on pampered chef pizza stone. I've added herbs, cheese, garlic and onion with great success. Really delicious bread. Can't wait to try whole wheat.
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I have often failed at making bread from scratch & have used my breadmaker often. The bread...