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Last Things Last
You’ll see this tip in several places in this book, but it bears repeating: Always put the liquid!
in first, the dry ingredients in next, and the yeast last (fruits and nuts are added later, after
machine has completed the first knead). Dig a shallow hole in the dry ingredients and
the yeast in the hole so that there’s absolutely no contact between the liquids and the yeast
This is especially important when you’re using the Delay bake option. You don’t want the yeas
to be activated too soon in the process!
Place dried fruits, vegetables, and dried spices away from the liquid ingredients in the
pan. If they soak up water, they can undermine the bread’s chemistry.
Avoid using perishable ingredients -- milk, yogurt, eggs, or cheese -- with the Delay
Just Wait Fifteen
For best results, wait fifteen minutes before slicing; the bread needs time to cool.
To freeze fresh bread, let it cool completely and double-bag in plastic.