The Smell of freshly baked bread is one of those delightful aromas that can instantly lift up your mood. Chewing soft fluffy crumb and golden crust of your favorite bread is surely delightful feeling. Being staple food in the diet, people mostly like to bake it at home although bakeries offer a vast variety of bread nowadays. Its incredible taste and enticing aroma is the result of the hard work, that one needs to put to feel pride in presenting it.

However, making it is also an awesome activity so don’t lose hope and those you are used to making homebaked bread really knows well that effort it takes but it’s surely worth it. Use of premium quality ingredients in the right amount, intellectual baking skills and right tools is extremely important to get that perfect loaf of bread to inspire others with your baking.

Bread has been transformed from just plain loaves into artisan and more sophisticated loaves with the span of time. Making bread is not as difficult as in old times thanks to advanced technology in our modern lives where conventional oven or smart breadmaker are gladly waiting on countertops to do it for you. You can make more difficult recipes with much ease with these appliances. but which is one is the best?

So here is the comparison between traditional baking with oven and modern breadmaking in bread machines.

Oven

Speaking of convenience, we all know that oven is the best conventional appliance in a kitchen with advanced features for baking and not just for bread but for a wide variety of dishes like cheese recipes, lasagne, cakes and more.

There are few negative points for oven-like for baking bread you have to do work like mixing ingredients, kneading dough and shaping bread yourself. An oven is only meant for a baking purpose. They are quite expensive and unaffordable for many people. Also, oven consumes high-electricity usage.

Breadmaker

Also known as bread machine, this smart appliance stormed the market with its outstanding automatic features. It is famous for its time saving, automatic baking and other accommodating features as busy life really needs you to make things more easier. It will automatically do all the mixture, kneading dough and bake bread without getting your hands sticky with flour. Isn’t it a great feature? Just add ingredients, choose bake cycle and turn it on like setting and forgetting.

It keeps baked loaves still warm with its heating technology and delay baking is also an added feature to let you have control over baking and ease the planning process. Bread made in it is much denser and consistent with a soft crumb and fine crust than traditionally baked bread in an oven. This is an ideal device for busy people and those who are not professionally skilled in baking and want an easy way.

The bread maker also has some cons like bread size is limited to bread pan and you have to follow specific measurements listed on the breadmaker. You can only get rounded loaves, unlike oven which gives you the freedom to make any shape of bread. Users of this device also reported that bread baked in it always had a hole in the bottom because of a paddle. The bread maker is more limited in functions.

If you’re facing any problem related to baking bread in the oven or making in the bread machine, then read this list to know how to solve it.

Problems in Conventional Oven Baking and Their Solutions

1. Sour taste: Don’t add too much salt and make sure your yeast is fresh.

2. Strong yeast odour: This happens due to over-fermentation so keep checking your dough and avoid this. Make sure that the dough is doubled in size for which use the finger test method.

3. Uneven shape:  Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes before shaping and be sure that bread pan is the correct size for your bread. Also, reduce the floor while kneading to avoid cracked crust on top.

4. Bread collapsed: This happens due to exposure of dough to high temperatures. Don’t let the dough rise beyond the timing in the recipe.

5. Bread sides are not brown: Use glass pans because shiny metal pans reflect heat causing insufficient browning.

6. Crust issues: If crust separates from bread then grease surface and cover dough when rising. When shaping, pull dough firmly so you won’t get a wrinkled crust. Use all-purpose flour to avoid tough crust. Over baking results in the thick crust so bake in correct and even temperature.

Problems of Baking in the Bread Machine and Their Solutions

1. No dough rise: Be sure that the yeast you’re using is fresh and add ingredients in a recommended way only.

2. Short loaf: This happens with too dried dough so adjusting its consistency is recommended. Use water with room temperature only. This is also recommended in case your bread collapse. Use fresh yeast only.

3. Open texture: This may be due to wet dough so adjusting dough consistency is recommended.

4. Heavy bread, dense texture; This may be due to a dry dough. Adjust dough consistency.

5. Mushroom bread : Too wet dough and too warm water can cause it so adjust water temperature and dough consistency.

How to Convert Recipes From Traditional to Bread Machine Use?

Don’t think that you can not make your favourite oven bread recipes in the bread machine because you can with just little baking calculations and few skills and experience to get perfect loaves of bread like promised in recipes.

Dough or Manual Cycle

This feature will enable you to easily convert traditional baking.  Breadmaker may only bake bread as final outcome but it has dough cycle convenience also to make your favourite pizza dough, pasta, dinner roll or rustic style bread. Dough function setting in bread machine will mix all ingredients and knead thoroughly to prepare perfect dough which you can later shape and bake in an oven just like instructed in the original recipe.

Bread Baking Cycle

This is a bit tricky to convert traditional bread baking into bread machine use as you can not check dough consistency and shape the bread according to your liking but still it is a great option to choose for simple bread loaves that don’t need toppings or fillings. For excellent results, you must plan ahead and do proper measurements like flour in the right amount, ingredients in accurate proportion and most suitable baking cycle/setting to choose on a bread machine.

Following these tips for best results is highly recommended:

• Begin with already tried and reliable recipes that you’ve been successful with. This will make calculations easier for you.

• Keep notes of all the changes you made in the recipe to refer them later so you wouldn’t get confused baking the same recipe next time.

• A bread machine is restricted to certain baking capacities so baking any recipe with loads of ingredients will not be a good move as it may stain your breadmaker and hit the top of the lider’s chart guideline.

1-pound (loaf size in the bread maker) =2 to 2 1/2 cups (flour or cereals)

1 1/2-pound = 3 to 3 1/2 cups

2-pound = 4 to 4 1/2 cups

Also note that if your bread pan holds 10 cups or less of water, use the flour amounts for a 1-pound machine and If your pan holds 13 cups or more of water, use amounts recommended for a 2-pound machine.

• Know your equivalents and decrease amount of ingredients proportionally to maintain the right balance as in original recipe.

• Decrease the amount of your yeast because bread maker loaves tend to rise higher than traditional loaves. Make sure your yeast does not come in contact with any liquid ingredients, salt and fat before mixing.

Chart Guidelines for Yeast

1-pound loaf = 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

1 1/2-pound loaf =1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons yeast

2-pound loaf =1 1/2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast.

Adjust Dough Consistency

The most important thing you to have to know while this doing the converting process is dough consistency. Check 5 minutes after mixing the dough. It should form the smooth ball around the kneading blade and feel slightly tacky. Add more flour with one tablespoon at a time if it feels soft and sticky or adds additional liquid with one teaspoon at a time if the dough is too stiff or dry.

Final Verdict

An oven is best for baking anything while breadmaker is best only for bread baking however it also provides convenience to mix and knead dough for other recipes. Both have some pros and cons. You can easily convert recipes from traditional baking into bread machine use but you’ve to do proper measurements of ingredients and righty selection of relevant baking cycle or setting on breadmaker to successfully obtained desired loaves of bread or any recipe.


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