You have just bought your bread maker and you don’t have any clue on how to start making your bread? Or did you try to use it and got a woeful bread? Read our advice and make your delicious bread.
It is essential to write down the recipe to know what to modify or if, on the contrary, you have loved it and want to keep the method as it is. This applies to any recipe for cooking; but I would say that in the case of bread it is essential. So my first advice is that you write the recipe down in a notebook and if you make any modifications, note that down as well, every day, with scientific precision, what ingredients, what quantities you put in the Bread machine loaf pan and what program you used.
Start with a basic bread. A white bread flour, water, yeast, and salt. If you feel like it, a splash of olive oil. Surely you want to make a classic bread, but it is not a good idea to do it with the first bread unless you have previous experience in baking. So I would recommend that you start with basic bread and when it comes out to your liking (do not forget to write down how you did it) you can begin to make variations in the recipe and incorporate new ingredients.
Do not be discouraged if your first bread is a disaster. I am a bit of “if it does not come out, I pass.” But I was so determined that I tried again and went back until a rich bread came out and I kept practising, practising, every time and after a point of time each and every loaf of bread I made with the machine turned out perfectly.
Do not abuse the amount of yeast. Okay, this is not my advice; I learned it by reading a lot in The forum of the bread, but I have always applied it successfully.
As a general rule, if you use fresh yeast (which is what I always use in my recipes), calculate that you will need 2% of the amount of flour you add to the bread. So if you make a bread with 1/2 kg of flour, you will need 10 grams of fresh yeast. For my “standard” bread, which is 330 gr. of flour, I use 7 gr. of fresh yeast.