Yield: 1 Servings
The main reasons I found for lack of rise in my bread are, in order of importance:
1) Ingredients are too cold: warm up the water in the microwave (or by whatever other means) first. Once I did that, the bread started rising quite well.
2) Pre-knead the dough for 15 minutes. This makes a huge difference. Just set the machine on the cycle you want and press start. After 15 minutes, press stop and then restart the cycle from the beginning. If you want to make the bread on the timer, then just put all the ingredients into the breadpan EXCEPT for 1 cup of flour and the yeast. Let the machine knead the stuff in the breadpan for 15 minutes and then press stop, and add the last cup of flour, add the yeast on top, and set the timer.
3) Not enough liquids: there, one has to be careful. Not enough liquid will prevent the bread from rising well, but too much liquid will make it rise well, but then it will collapse. This is especially true with Rye bread.
Too much liquid will make it so that the insides of the bread will spill out when you removed the bread at the end of the cycle.
4) You use gluten, so this might not matter. But just in case, make sure your wheat flour is made from hard wheat. You should not have to use gluten. For the rye bread, gluten should also not be necessary, but if you really like fluffy bread, then add it anyways.
From: Bread-Bakers Archives: ftp.best.com/pub/reggie/archives/bread/recipe Recipe By : From: cvxhab@... (Bick Harry A)