Hard Bread

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ssteulon

Hard Bread

Why do my homemade bread and teacakes (made in a breadmachine)go hard as rocks when toasted.
Regards Margaret

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Toast

Hello ssteulon,

I’m not sure. Perhaps it seems that way because the toast made using (many) pre-sliced shop loaves contain additives that keep them moist. Personally I like very crunchy toast that stays crisp to the last bite.

Maybe one of our forum members will have a more knowledgeable answer for your question.

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Tompeters

Toast

Hi Margaret, I make the Panasonic basic menu 1 bread almost every day using Canadian Strong flour or Hovis Granary flour. I've never had any hard toast. It's different to the pre-sliced factory bread you get in a plastic bag but certainly not 'hard' let alone rock hard.

Which machine, which recipe and menu and which flour are you using?

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Queen of Puds

Hard bread

I assume you aren't toasting it from stale are you? Anything stale will toast rock hard in my experience....

I do find however, that my homemade bread doesn't keep as long as the shop bought plastic wrap, but I also echo Tompeters in that if you can get it, I find that Canadian wheat flour produces a much better bread than the normal supermarket strong plain flour, and the bread keeps better too. I also find that if I have a recipe that calls for more than average quantity of yeast, then that makes it go dry more quickly - but I have no idea why that might be the case. Oh - and I find wholemeal flour produces a drier loaf - which tends to crumble & toast unevenly, for me anyway.

 
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