Making bread at home used to be a cumbersome and time consuming activity. However, with the use of a bread maker, this task is practically effortless. However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind, in order to enjoy a delicious loaf of bread. So, if you want to find how to make bread with a bread maker, here’s everything you need to know:

1. Choosing the machine

In case you don’t already own a machine, be very careful what model you choose, as it can make a big difference in how useful it will be. If you have a big family, choose a machine with a larger tray to be able to bake bigger loaves. Moreover, make sure the machine has two kneading paddles, and check to see if the paddles are collapsible. Older models leave the paddles in the dough, which results in a big hole in the baked bread. If you want to prepare different types of bread, make sure the machine can work with different types of flour. Moreover, see if it allows you to add special ingredients like nuts and seeds.

2. Basic recipe

If you want to find how to make bread with a bread maker, start with a traditional recipe. You will need 1 cup of lukewarm water, 1/3 cup lukewarm milk, 3 tablespoons of butter, 3 1/2 cups of flours, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast. Usually, the bread machine manufacturer should recommend you the right order to placing the ingredients. If they don’t add them in the traditional order. Start with the liquids. Next add the dry ingredients, but don’t mix them as you want them to stand above the liquids. Lastly, add the yeast on top of the dry ingredients. You don’t want the yeast mixed with the liquids until you start the machine.

3. Cleaning the bread machine

As we already mentioned, bread machines are designed to be as easy to use as possible, so most of them can be cleaned with minimum effort. Start by unplugging the machine. Wipe the outside with a cloth damped in a mixture of water and vinegar. Next, take out all the removable parts from inside the machine. Check the machine’s manual to see if the parts are dishwasher safe. Most of them are, but in case they are not, you can easily clean them with warm water and soap. Last but not least, make sure the removable parts are properly dried before putting them back in.

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