Bread Machine Cycles

Following are the typical cycles found on most bread machines.

Basic or white bread cycle

Averaging 3 to 4 hours and intended for use with many simple bread recipes, you will use this all-purpose setting most often.

Whole wheat or whole-grain cycle

With the longer kneading and rising times characteristic of this cycle, you can produce whole-grain loaves that have good texture and good height. Choose this cycle for recipes that call for whole-grain flours, or cereals.

French bread cycle

Because they have little or no sugar, French breads require longer rising times and a higher baking temperature. Use this cycle for breads that have little or no fat or sugar.

Sweet bread cycle.

This cycle is intended for breads that have a higher fat or sugar content, or recipes that call for eggs or cheese. The baking temperature is lower to prevent a burned or dark crust, which can be caused by these ingredients.

Raisin/nut cycle

During kneading, some machines can grind dried fruits or nuts too finely. This cycle alerts you with a signal, such as a beep, late in the kneading process so you can add these ingredients just in time to have them mixed lightly into the dough.

Dough cycle

This cycle allows you to remove the dough just before the baking cycle, so you can add fillings and/or shape the dough into rolls, pizza crusts, breadsticks, flatbreads, or anything else you like. You bake these breads in your conventional oven.

Bagel dough

This cycle is a special dough setting for bagels only and will not bake the final bread. Remove the dough and follow the recipe for making bagels.

Rapid-bake cycle

If you like to use quick-rise yeast, select this cycle. It can run anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours shorter than the basic bread cycle, depending on the machine.

Delay-bake or timed-bake cycle

Standard on just about every machine, this handy cycle allows you to measure ingredients into the bread pan now, then program the machine to complete the cycle up to 24 hours later. Note that recipes calling for milk, butter, eggs, cheese, or other perishable ingredients should not be delayed more than 1 hour, for food safety reasons.

Quick bread or cake cycle

For nonyeast breads, quick bread mixes, or simple cake recipes, this cycle simply mixes and bakes. The baking time can vary considerably among models.

Jam cycle

Simple fruit jams, chutneys, and fruit sauces can be made in the bread pan, which become a veritable saucepan for this cycle. Your jam concoction will be mixed and cooked for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Bake cycle

This is a bake-only cycle that does not mix. If you have baked a loaf of bread in your machine and would prefer a darker crust, use the bake cycle to bake the loaf for a longer period of time. Set the machine to the bake setting a press the START key. Watch your time and stop the machine when desired. The normal bake cycle is preset for 60 minutes (check for manual for your machine's time). This setting is especially helpful when making gluten-free breads.

Related Links:

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Bread Making Flours & Grains

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How to Test or Proof Yeast -- Testing Yeast for Freshness or to See if it is Active

Sweeteners Used in Bread Making

Using Chocolate and Cocoa in Your Bread Machine

Fats and Oils in Bread Making

Using Fruits and Vegetables in Bread

Using Nuts and Seeds in Bread

Using Herbs and Spices in Bread

Slicing and Storing Homemade Bread

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