This recipe, in my opinion, is another one that really deserves much more than five stars. Wow! This is a new favorite! I did pre-measure the 17 tablespoons of water and found that to be roughly 1 and 1/3 cups water. When the kneading cycle first started up, I found that I had to add about 1/2 cup to 3/4 of a cup of an additional amount of flour. (I did this slowly, about 1 tablespoon at a time.) Aside from that, I made this exactly as written and it came out tender and soft with an amazing crumb texture. For anyone having trouble with the dough not rising, as per some other reviewers suggested, it might be a good idea to proof the yeast first. Also, make sure that the water you add is neither too hot, nor too cold, as both will affect whether or not the dough rises. If it's too cold, the yeast will not be activated, and if it's too hot, the yeast will be killed. A good temperature for bread recipes that call for warm water is somewhere between 110 and 115 degrees. A thermometer comes in real handy for this reason. One last suggestion is to make sure that any salt the recipe calls for does not come into direct contact with the yeast. Always add salt to the liquid ingredients first, and always add the yeast last. Once all of the ingredients are in my machine, I make a small well with a spoon on top of the dry ingredients and pour the yeast into that well. I hope these suggestions are helpful.
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This recipe, in my opinion, is another one that really deserves much more than five stars....