Bread Dough Collapses After Baking?

Why does the top of a loaf collapse after baking? The dough rises well, but then collapses.


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September 26, 20180 found this helpful

Your oven may be too hot, you may have beaten too vigorously, or you may have opened the oven door while baking.


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September 26, 20180 found this helpful

You just reminded me that it is time to start baking bread again now that it is getting cooler!! I come!

I have had this happen and it is usually because my oven (or bread machine depending on what I am making) isn't hot enough. So the dough collapses before it gets hot enough to "set" aka keeps its rounded bread top.


There were a few other times this happened and it was because i forgot about the dough it over rose (was over risen) meaning set out on the counter to rise for WAAAAAYYYYY too long because I got too busy doing something else and forgot about it from morning until night.

For me, they always still tasted good...just turned out really wonky looking!


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September 26, 20180 found this helpful

Try adding potato flour or mashed potato to the dough.


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