Bread Machine Tips and Tricks

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Saving time and energy baking bread at home can be accomplished with a bread machine. This page contains bread machines tips and tricks.


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When making bread machine bread, I make one recipe for the machine, and another one for the zip bag. I omit any liquid or fat from the bag, and write the measurements for the water, oil, etc, and temperature/baking time on the label. You could make up as many of these homemade bread mixes as you wanted. I store mine in the refrigerator.

If I need fresh bread all the drudgery of getting the ingredients out is gone. Just heat up the water to activate the yeast, throw in the dry mix, add hot water and oil, and turn on the bread machine. It's so darn quick I wonder why I didn't think of it sooner. I always let the dough do it's second rising in a real bread pan, and bake the loaf in the oven. The machine came with scads of recipes for variety.


I like serving a loaf of bread that I know contains no preservatives, and all the ingredients are fresh. The stores can't beat my fresh loaf for the little bit it cost me for the ingredients and my time is well worth it. The bread makes a nice surprise for a neighbor or friend, too.

By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX

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Nothing smells any more awesome that homemade bread baking. And nothing is more loved than fresh bread. Bread has received a bad name. Oh, the carbs! The wheat! But you can make your bread, and eat it too! In my family we love bread. Not the chemical laden bread sold on a shelf with a price that takes your breath away. But a piping hot fresh loaf, fresh from the oven or the bread machine.


I am one busy woman. I can mix and knead bread by hand with the best of them, but I simply do not have the time. Several years ago I was laughed at by an in-law who looked down her nose at my using a bread machine. She informed me she made "real bread". And insinuated I did not know how to. Funny thing, she now owns two of them. :-)

I purchased my first bread machine years ago, it has long since worn out. Actually, through the years, I have worn out several of them. But I never purchased another one. I have picked them up in pristine like new condition for a song at thrift stores, or I have had them given to me. The one I am using now was purchased as a wedding gift for a couple and they decided they did not want it, and they gave it to me unused. Thank you!


Most of the time I admit I use my machine to make dough, and shape them into rolls and use a conventional oven to bake it is, especially in the winter time. But in the hot weather I allow my bread machine to bake it for me. If you are too busy to make your own bread, you are in luck! You can set the timer and have wonderful homemade bread when you come home from work.

Do you like pizza? Me too! I use my bread machine to mix up a batch of awesome homemade dough that makes a melt in your mouth pizza crust! Using olive oil and wheat flour it is certainly a lot healthier than the local pizzeria fanfare. And for those with a sweet tooth, cinnamon rolls are a snap using your bread machine to make the dough. (Yes, you can actually make them fairly healthy using wheat bread and diabetic friendly sweeteners.)


A search on the internet will find you scores of tried and true bread machine recipes that you can adjust to your liking and dietary needs. Jalapeno cheese, oatmeal raisin, the options are unlimited! Along with the machine you will need to make sure you have your supplies ready. I do not buy small packages of yeast, the cost per tiny pack is way too high. I prefer to buy a "block" of yeast; a huge one or two pound vacuum sealed package of yeast is enough to last me a long time. I store mine in a huge plastic jar in the freezer, so that it stays fresh.

I keep a supply of wheat flour, soft wheat flour, and a little all-purpose flour (just in case I choose to mix them). The cost is so much cheaper than store bought bread, the taste is SO much better, and unwanted preservatives are left out. So, if you are a bread eater, the next time you see a shiny bread machine beckoning to you from a thrift store shelf, consider giving it a good home.

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October 20, 2010

Make your own homemade bread machine mixes. I like to use my favorite recipe and prepare a dozen or so at a time. Prepare 12 quart Ziploc bags by labeling them (I like freezer bags to use over and over).

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May 11, 2004

This tip includes a recipe. The tip is for using a bread machine, but still having that "Old-Fashioned" Homemade loaf of bread.

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We just got another bread machine and have been waking up to the utterly heavenly aroma of fresh bread and coffee, set to finish just as our first alarm rings.

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February 6, 2006

I use vegetable oil in my bread machine recipes instead of margarine. The taste and texture is much better. I use 1/4 cup oil for a 1 1/2 lb loaf...

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May 8, 2008

I have a bread machine (ABM-100-3SN 37128644). I set the machine on French bread, pushed start, it starts kneading, then stops in 10 min. then nothing. Timing Set is not on. I have tried timing but still no results. Please help. I need bread today, but my machine did not come with instructions. I have all ingredients in. What buttons do I need to push to make bread? Thanks.




May 9, 20081 found this helpful

You could try the web site for the maker of your machine. They usually have the directions for their machines- some even have links so you can copy their whole book of directions.
Good luck - I really like the machine I have.

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May 9, 20080 found this helpful

That manufacturer will probably have a downloadable version of the manual that came with your machine. Worked for my vacuum cleaner that I got at a thrift shop, I downloaded the book for it.

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May 11, 20080 found this helpful

This is probably too late for you - I checked my Oster manual, and the French bread setting is for 3 hours and 50 minutes. The first 18 minutes it kneads, then it rises the first time for 40 minutes, so your machine is not working right.

Troubleshooting possibilities: check bread pan and blade to make sure they are snugly in position. Also check that room temperature is between 60 and 85 degrees F. If machine is too cold or too hot, it may not work. Warm it up or cool it off, as appropriate. Sometimes it helps just to pull the plug, leave the machine off for a minute, and then plug it back in. That should clear the machine, and you can start all over. Good luck. Homemade bread is great stuff.

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June 1, 20080 found this helpful

For french bread, the cycle is:

Primary kneading 15 minutes
Primary rising 60 minutes
Secondary kneading 18 minutes
Secondary rising 20 minutes
Loaf shaping 2 seconds
Final rising 75 minutes
Baking 23-50 minutes
Cooling 42-15 minutes

After the primary kneading, the dough will just set there and rise; the machine will seem to do nothing. The timer button is used only when you want the machine to make bread later that day--I never used mine.

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By mei may (Guest Post)
December 14, 20080 found this helpful

I've had the welbilt bread machine for a while and just started to use it today. I threw in the ingredients and it started it up... nothing happened... I waited for it to mix... and nothing 2 hours later... I know for whole wheat it says you should wait so the liquid can absorb the dry ingredients? But I'm making a sweet bread, so I chose that function. I pulled out the pan and felt the heat wire, and it was hot... is this normal? I've plugged and unplugged several times now... help please

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October 15, 20090 found this helpful

On most electronic appliances these days and computers as well, if you press and hold the start button and count to 10 that might trigger a reset of the memory and clear it and the machine may work properly. Also unplug the appliance for 10 minutes, and also press button "Start" down for 10 sec. while machine is unplugged. Electronic appliances store a small amount of power in a tiny cell so that electronics retain the program to operate. That's why electronics that sit for years will not work, the cell died and the memory went bad.

Also try holding down other buttons one at a time as well as counting to 10. Look around on machine bottom etc. for a tiny hole that says "Reset", take a ball point pen and press it and hold down 5 sec. Your problem may have been caused by a power outage while machine was on, and this corrupted the program, it just needs to be reset. Or just remove pan and start and let machine run through the entire cycle, like a washing machine when it gets unplugged or outage while in cycle. You have to blow out the memory chip of the corrupted data, and it will reset automatically.

Last effort, have an electrician open up machine and check for a bad "inline fuse" and ask him to look for a reset button on circuit board inside unit as well, and to test the system battery storage unit, a small battery. It all takes about 5 minutes, he just puts a little tester on it.

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October 6, 2019

I have just been given a Sunbeam bread maker. When making my first loaf today the dough wrapped around the paddle and when it finished baking I couldn't get the loaf out without destroying it. How is this prevented? The paddles do not seem to be removable.

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June 22, 2014

Can I make bread in a bread machine without the paddle?

By Carolyn from Dunnellon, FL

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June 14, 2010

I got this old bread machine at a sale. The model is Welbilt #ABM-100-4. Am I able to just make the bread dough mixture in this? I don't know how to do this as I do not have the instructions for it. By the way how old is this machine any way? Thank you.



June 16, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know anything about making bread since I'm on a low carb diet but I think you'll find my reply helpful. Here are the manual and recipe book that normally comes with the machine:

Welbilt ABM-100-4 Recipe Book

Welbilt ABM-100-4 Manual & Tips Book

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful is a free site. Maybe they will have a copy of the manual for your bread maker.

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

Hello again, I googled your bread maker & this site has your manual & recipes for your bread maker. Go to: (

[PDF] Welbilt ABM-100-4 Manual & Tips - THE BREAD MACHINEFile Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
(MODEL ABM-1OO-4.) Please take a few minutes to read ABM-100-4. Congratulations on owning a (Welbilt) automatic bread machine. For best - Similar
:) KJ

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

A simple google got this:
I had posted this a few days back for someone asking the same question.

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

The Bread Machine Owners Manual
Model # ABM-100-4

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What's the difference between bread machine yeast and regular yeast? Thanks.

By Cindy from OH


May 16, 20110 found this helpful

I've no idea. I use rapid rise which I get by the pound at Costco or Sams or Winco. It's less than $3 per pound and I keep it in a Ziploc which I put in a plastic container in the fridge. Lasts well over a year.

I notice that some breadmakers have a rapid cycle which is I assume is for rapid rise yeast.

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May 18, 20110 found this helpful

The yeast used in bread machines is the instant dry yeast, which can also be used for baking without a bread machine. There are other types of yeast, and different ways of using them, so you should follow the instructions in a recipe for the type, amount and method of usage.

The rapid cycle in a bread machine is for bread or cake made without yeast but with another form of raising agent such as baking powder or bicarb of soda.

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January 11, 2019

I have a Hitachi HBB201 that I bought of a yard sale. Can you just press bake instead of all the steps? My last three loaves have failed

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November 9, 2018

I have reduced the sugar down from 3 tbsps to 2 teaspoons as the bread was so sweet. Now it only rises to half the height and is a pretty solid, but is more edible. I've also changed to half and half brown and white bread flour. How much sugar do I need to get a good rise without being too sweet?

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December 7, 2013

What is the preferred order for adding ingredients when using a Hitachi bread machine?


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September 9, 2013

The shaft on my Hitachi bread machine will not go back and forth. The blade comes out, so that is not stuck. I had to knead the bread by hand. I boiled the bread pan in water for about 15 minutes with water around the pan and inside the pan. How can I get this to work? Last time I used it it was fine.

By Karen from Mason City, IA

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June 29, 2013

Will my bread machine continue with its regular cycle after a power surge? My bread machine was in the "rising" mode when we had a power surge. I don't have a manual because it was purchased at a yard sale. Can you tell me if the machine will continue with the cycle or do I need to just throw out the dough?

By Valorie R.

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March 13, 2013

I use a Welbilt Bread Machine ABM 3100. I have had this bread machine for a long time and it worked fine. The last 2 times the bread didn't rise. I bought new yeast and the flour is new bread flour. The machine doesn't seem warm during the rising time. I thought I remember it being warm during that time. When the bread cooks it only is half the container. Does anyone know if their machine is warm during the rising time of the dough?

By Linda

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February 27, 2014

Do I have to set the timer for the bread to complete the cycle? I have the Welbilt AB 100-4 machine. I set the bread setting and clicked on start. It kneaded and is rising. Will it heat up on its own or was I supposed to set the timer?

By Grace B.

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