**Conversions Between Bread Machines & Regular Recipes**

Old 08-28-02, 01:04 PM
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**Conversions Between Bread Machines & Regular Recipes**

Quite long, but excellent info!!!!



The first step is to find some recipes that have been successful with your bread machine, and examine them. How many cups of flour are in them? How much liquid? Then, adjust the ingredient amounts, being careful not to exceed your machine's capacity.

Consider that most manual bread recipes make two loaves and can be divided in half to make a recipe that is roughly the right size for a bread machine.

For example, a manual bread recipe that makes two 9x5-inch loaves may be divided in half to make a 1 1/2-pound bread machine loaf.
You may also size your recipe by the following formulas:

1-pound loaf takes about 7/8 cup liquid and 2 3/4 cups flour.

1.5-pound loaf takes about 1 cup liquid and 3 cups flour.

2-pound loaf takes about 1 1/3 cup liquid and 4 cups flour.

Once you have started to mix your dough, check to see if it needs any additional liquid or flour. The dough should be slightly sticky but not wet.



Go ahead and use the bread machine recipe to make a loaf by hand. Just be sure to keep a comparable non-machine recipe close by, and refer to it for basic instructions.

If you don't have a comparable non-machine recipe to refer to, you may want to refer to these basic steps to making most yeast breads:

Proof the yeast (dissolve the yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar in warm water).

Combine the ingredients and mix well.

Knead the dough until smooth and soft.

Rise until doubled.

Punch down, and shape.

Place bread in a greased loaf pan, or on a baking sheet for a round loaf.

Rise again until nearly doubled.

Bake. Most bread is baked in a moderate oven, 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the bottom of a loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

As you work with the dough, be sure to pay close attention to its consistency, and adjust the recipe as needed, adding small amounts of flour or liquid at a time.


To help you convert one bread machine recipe to work with your machine, use link below....

There is also a link for Table of Ingredients (on the link pg. below) which has good info to read re: not overloading your machine.


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