I bought a bread maker last summer, or around there, and bought the book: The Bread Lover’s bread Machine Cookbook. Ratings are awesome, even I love it. I have tried about 5-7 recipes and all have turned out delicious! My family’s favorite so far is the Peasant bread recipe. I love it because there is no milk or egg in it. Another favorite are the French Bread recipes… Those I have it make the dough, then finish them off in the oven using my long french bread pans. Hah, who knew I could bake??
So after trying the bread maker out, and finding this book to be fantabulous… I decided to go out and buy a 25 pound bag of whole wheat. Much of what I read tells me whole grains is the way to go, and I figured we had our fun playing around with the white bread recipes so I could use up all the white flour in the house… Now it was time to make whole grain breads. I didn’t think much of it and just clicked my order for Great River Organic Milling, Organic Whole Wheat Bread Flour. The flour too had great reviews.
I have tried making the Buttermilk Whole Wheat Bread recipe twice, and both times it came out hard, and a small balled-up like loaf. The first time I had it on the French Setting, and the second time on the Basic (after reading somewhere on the net someone made this no problems on the basic setting). So, I thought maybe my bread maker does not like this recipe. I then tried a second different recipe that uses whole wheat. Again, same result.
I do not know if it is me, or my bread maker. I am stumped. I looked up the recipes to try and find reviews, and it seems many people have made this particular recipes in their bread makers and had no problems. I then thought, well maybe it is the flour. So after much research, the majority of people had no problem using this flour in both ovens and bread machines alike. I am so confused and not sure. I not a bread expert by any means. Anyone have any ideas of what I could be doing wrong?