For the record,
my last two batches of bread have looked like this.
Only once has it looked like this first picture I posted.
It's all trial and error...
and error and error!
Here are things that may help:

The water has to be warm enough to activate the yeast but not so hot that it kills it. I dont know what temperature that is.

The flour needs to all be added within about 90 seconds so that all of it gets the 10 minutes to develop the gluten. You cant decide 4 minutes later that it needs more flour because then that flour's gluten wont develop right.

It has to rise enough, without being left to raise so long that it actually then falls. The recipe says 50 minutes. I think it depends on your dough, on the temp of your house, on the kind of pans you use, on the barometric pressure outside, as well as the alignment of the stars.

And so I keep trying. I'm just glad my grandma was here the day it actually worked! I'll eat flat bread everyday as long as she thinks I'm a good bread maker.


Codie said...

From what I understand the water has to be at 115-120. Keep trying. I have been doing it for 4 months and just got it!!

Mary Postert said...

Sounds complicated. Maybe you need an easier recipe. Mine is super easy, but it has to rise more than once.

The Rogers said...

mary does make some good bread, but what is life without failure everyonce in a while? Good luck.

Wolfingtons said...

Water temp. I usually use the hot water out of my faucet and it seems to work. I set my timer for 30 minutes when it is rising and then 10 minute intervals until it is raised about an inch above the pan. Good luck.