Bread Machine Hijinks

Because she bought the Zojirushi, otherwise known as “the Cadillac of bread machines,” my mom gave meZojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/redirect NULL.html%3FASIN=B0000T6J3I%26tag=blogferret-20%26lcode=xm2%26cID=2025%26ccmID=165953%26location=/Zojirushi-BBCCX20-Bakery-Supreme-Machine/dp/B0000T6J3I%253FSubscriptionId=1N9AHEAQ2F6SVD97BE02) her old Panasonic bread machine. I believe it makes the 1.5 pound loaf, same as the bread maker we lost to Katrina, but mom said to make the 1 lb loaf recipe.

To try it out, I made one batch of honey oat bread that didn’t really rise. I thought that perhaps my yeast had expired, so I bought new yeast and made another loaf. That one seemed to rise, but not very high. It’s not really really dense, but it isn’t fabulously spongy either. So I decided to make the recipe I always made in my old bread machine (French Honey), and to live really dangerously, I made the 1.5 lb recipe. I put in the ingredients before I went to work this morning.

After lunch, I was browsing the internet a bit, and I got to thinking. I wanted to see a loaf pan for both a 1 lb and a 1.5 lb machine, so I did some googling. I didn’t find any good pictures of the loaf pans, but I did find a blog entry at justlaura.com (http://www NULL.justlaura NULL.com) from 2003 about how she had put a 1.5 lb loaf mix into a 1 lb machine, and it overflowed when it rose, stuck to the heating element, set off the smoke alarm, and smoked up her apartment for three days.

Imagine my concern. I tried to wave it away, thinking, “Oh it’s not going to do that….” But being the compulsive little person I am, I couldn’t stand it:

“What if it did overflow, and the smoke alarm went off, and they had to break into my apartment, and what if the bird suffocated and now everyone in my building is standing outside my apartment (or heaven forbid, inside it) thinking how horrible and irresponsible we are, and they’re gong to call animal control on us for killing our poor pet bird?…” So I jumped into the car and raced home, opened the door to my apartment, and smelled freshly baked bread.

“Good sign,” I thought, and my hopes were lifted. But when I went to the bread machine and opened it, I was almost disappointed to find that it had risen twice the size of the honey oat loaf, but by no means to the top of the pan. I looked at my new yeast, though, and it’s “Rapid Rise Bread Machine” yeast, which ironically enough the Panasonic manual says shouldn’t be used in this model. I must have bought it by accident. Still, my apartment wasn’t in flames. But my old machine used to turn out big poofy loaves with round tops that peeked almost two inches above the loaf pan top!

I guess it’s back to the drawing board.

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