A friend of mine very generously gave us a Cuisinart bread maker for a wedding gift. She knew that Charlie loves bread, so it seemed like the best solution.
It seems, though, that the bread maker does not like me. I have made bread in the bread maker dozens of times, with only mediocre results. Granted, I am using whole grain recipes, but still – it is called a recipe for a reason, right? The bread never really rises, and we end up with a big solid brick of bread. This is great for toasting and slathering with butter, but not so good for sandwiches or any other purpose.
This time I tried a nutty/seedy recipe that looked intriguing. By the time it got to the rising stage, the thing hadn’t even mixed together properly. It was way too dry and didn’t even look like dough. I took it out and added a bunch of milk to it so it would at least mix together, then put it back in to rise and bake. Needless to say, it didn’t turn out well. The center didn’t even bake through all the way, and the thing was denser than ever.
What am I doing wrong? (Besides using a bread maker to begin with.) Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi bread makers. You’re my only hope.