Today, I decided to once again, have a go at using the bread-making machine that I had been given a few weeks ago.
After several previous attempts, I wasn't sure how well it worked - the loaves had turned out quite heavy, and not so well risen as my old bread-maker. So, to ensure I was using everything correctly, I opened up a new bag of bread flour, and opened up a fresh packet of yeast.
4 hours later.....
Ta Daaa!!! The most wonderful, fluffy loaf I've ever acheived in a bread maker!
Usually, I bake using whole wheat flour with seeds, etc., but this was plain, white, bread flour. And, I'm guesssing the yeast I was using was too old; but now, we finally have sucess!
So much for a 'broken' bread machine!