Crust on Bread Machine Bread Always Too Crispy

I have found some great bread machine recipes. However, the crust always comes out extra crispy. It isn't burned, just crispy. Any ideas on how to prevent this?

By Susan

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

I don't have a bread machine, but my parents do. Does yours have a darkness setting? For some recipes my parents adjust the darkness setting on their machine. Maybe that would change the crispiness of the crust, too.

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

After it cools down to almost room temperature, store the bread in a plastic bag. This will soften up the crust a lot. I've never timed it, but it should happen quite quickly...within a few hours. Maybe even closer to an hour.

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June 14, 20110 found this helpful

Remove it from the bread machine, brush some butter or margarine over the top with a pastry brush. Or you can rub a partial stick over the top, and cover over with a cloth. This makes a soft crust.

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June 14, 20110 found this helpful

When you take bread out put a piece of wet papertowel over it, it will absorb the mositure while it sits there and soften the upper crust. I do this will calzones also.

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June 14, 20110 found this helpful

You could also brush with melted butter after you take it out of the machine.

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June 14, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you for these suggestions. I should have been more specific. My problem is with all four sides, not just the top. I do store it in a plastic bag but it doesn't seem to help,

I've also changed the darkness setting to lowest level.

Keep the responses coming!

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June 14, 20110 found this helpful

Hello! I'm like you I always thought the bread machine made the crust too tough and crunchy. My solution was to rub it all over with spreadable margarine just as soon as I removed it from the machine. ( We always had a big tub of it so it was easier than using the stick kind.) My kids always called it rubbing lotion on the bread to soften it up. LOL

I just get a good glop on my fingers and rub it on all over. It soaks right into that nice warm crust and makes it soft and tender. I then set it on paper towel on a cooling rack to cool (if it lasts that long) and store in a plastic bag. Hope this helps!

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

Take dough out of bread machine, put in loaf pan and bake in 350 degree oven when done rub butter all over top.

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