Sudden Failure in my Bread

Sudden Failure in my Bread

Submitted by Robert Fletcher on August 23, 2015 – 3:12pm.

I have a Panasonic SD 2500 and for about the last eight months everything has been going very well. I am using a multigrain flour that usually makes very nice bread. Two days ago I went to bake a loaf but it was a disaster having practically no rise in it. I made another loaf checking and double checking and again it was a failure. A third loaf was no better. I went out and bought some new flour and a new packet of fast acting yeast. This gave me a bit better loaf. I then went on and tried another one and that has been a failure as well. The last loaf I increased the yeast slightly from 3/4 tsp to 1 tsp. Here is the recipe.

3/4 tsp yeast
400 g malted strong flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
15 g butter
280 mL water
Panasonic cycle 4 (5 hours)

Can anybody give me any idea why after all this time I am getting these failures? At the moment we’re going through a bit of a warm spot in the UK and the temperature inside has been around 26 to 27°C. Is it possible that this is causing the problem and would it be over proving but to me it looks as if it hasn’t risen properly in the first place. The Panasonic doesn’t have a transparent lid so you can’t see what’s going on, but considering I have never had a failure before with this recipe I just can’t understand it.