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Bread Troubleshooting – Bread That Rises and Then Falls

Have you ever made a loaf of bread that has a valley in the middle?  That’s the sign of a loaf of bread that rose and then fell.  I had a loaf like this back in July.

Fallen Bread

While I can’t find any scientific research to back me up, I think this was a problem caused by the record-setting heatwave our area was experiencing.

Other, more common, causes of The Big Valley are:

  • Too much liquid
  • Too little salt
  • Too little flour
  • Too much yeast

The good news is that this problem doesn’t usually affect the flavor of the bread.  So if I like the way the bread tastes, I’ll try making it again.  This tests to see if I measured correctly.  If that was the problem then the second loaf will turn out fine.

If the second loaf comes out with a dip in the middle, I adjust the above ingredients or find a slightly different recipe.  How long will I keep it up?  I think the final version of this potato bread recipe was my sixth try.

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  1. KAREN

    Can someone help. My dough in my machine was a ball while kneading then I looked and it is mush.

    1. Marsha

      Hmm . . . that sounds disappointing. Did you add anything to it after you looked at it the first time?

  2. Laura

    It’s overproofing. Every loaf I have right now looks like that. I don’t have an air conditioned kitchen and it stays very warm in there ~80F / 25C. Bread blooms very fast. My solution is to keep my eye on my proofs. I knock it back my self before it overflows and I manually start the baking when I think it’s at the right height.

  3. Donna

    Please someone help! I must have spent a small fortune on bread mix for this bread maker we got for christmas. Every time I make bread in it, at least eight out of ten times, the center falls all the way in half way through. HELP! I have tried less yeast, and making sure noone slams a door. What can I do.

    1. Marsha

      Donna, I’m so sorry that you’re having trouble with your new machine. Some thoughts off the top of my head:

      Good luck!

  4. Jeannie Harashinski

    My bread
    My bread had large holes a little on the chewy side but tasted good what did I do wrong?

    1. Marsha

      Try the recipe again but this time be extra careful when measuring the yeast. Too much yeast can cause the holes.

  5. Rose

    my bread looks like a mountain top when its baked. I’d like to use AP flour. It’s whiter. Would that be o.k.

    1. Marsha

      You might try cutting down on the liquid in the recipe slightly.

  6. John

    My bread filled the bucket in my bread machine during the rising part and then went back down to about 1/2 the pan. Not sure why, followed the directions and at first look it was all good, right before baking it dropped. Any thoughts.

    1. Marsha

      Hi John, You might try another recipe to see how that goes. To me it sounds as though the recipe might be a little off. Maybe too much sugar or too little salt.

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