How long is the dough cycle on the bread machine?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long are dough cycles on bread machine?”, and what are the different stages of dough making in the bread machine?

Read on for brief information on each of the dough-making phases.

How long is the dough cycle on the bread machine?

The dough cycle depends mainly on the brand of the bread machine and the type of bread you are making. 

Generally, in most machines, the dough cycle only takes about 1.5 hours to 2 hours to complete. In the first phase, the machine kneads the dough, and then it goes through the first rise. This phase takes about 15-30 minutes. 

Sometimes some recipes don’t require the second rise stage like paratha, puri, or chapati. In this case, you only require 15-30 minutes for the dough cycle in your bread machine. 

Different stages of dough in the bread machine

When you start the machine, it starts numerous phases one by one, these phases are called cycles. All those cycles are explained below:

Kneading

Kneading is the most important step in bread making. All the ingredients are added to the machine and then it starts kneading.

The kneading time varies according to the type of dough. It could be as long as 45 minutes or as short as 15 minutes.

Different kinds of paddles are present at the bottom that helps in kneading the dough completely. 

Rest cycle

There are cycles between the kneading of dough that is called rest cycles. In technical terms in industries, it is known as autolyzing the dough.

This step ensures the formation of gluten networks in dough and starch gelatinization. It too depends on the type of dough and takes from few minutes to up to 35 minutes.

Rise cycle

When the first two cycles are complete, now it’s time to give shape to the dough. 

Yeast present in the dough starts fermentation and produces carbon dioxide that helps in raising the dough. 

The gluten formed in the second stage entraps the carbon dioxide and thus the dough rises and becomes dome-shaped. 

The temperature is increased slightly in this stage that helps in fermentation or the short production of carbon dioxide. 

This depends on the type of bread you are making and usually takes 40-50 minutes. In the case of french bread, the time could be longer.

Punch cycle

When the dough kneads, rise and become round and stable, then comes the punching stage.

This is called s because in this step the kneading step is done all over again or the dough is forced to knead to get the desired structure. 

This is very light kneading as compared to the first step. This is done mainly to release the carbon dioxide bubbles from the bread that are formed by fermentation in the rise stage. 

This stage is also called the shaping stage because this step is most important in shaping the dough of bread. This is a mere seconds step but it is as important as the other steps. 

Baking

This is the last step in bread making. Now it’s time to bake the bread. This step varies greatly with the type of bread machine and the bread you are trying to make. This cycle is the longest and can take from 30 to 90 minutes according to the type of dough.

Different bread machine cycles and times for different pieces of bread

Basic bread

Basic bread is the start of most of the bread-like garlic or potato bread.

This type of bread usually takes about 3 to 4 hours and has two rise stages in its processing. 

Knead – Rest – Second Knead – Rise – Punch – Second Rise – Shaping – Final Rise – Bake.

Sweetbread

Sweetbread is hard to handle because of the caramelization of glucose of sugar in the bread. 

This bread takes around three hours to complete. Here is the typical cycle of baking sweet bread on a bread machine. It too consists of two rise stages.

Knead – Rest – Second Knead – Rise – Punch – Second Rise – Shape – Final Rise – Bake

Whole-wheat cycle

This bread contains a large amount of gluten and fermenting time is very high. It requires high rising and kneading time because of high protein or gluten. 

Rest – Knead – Rest – Second Knead – Rise – Punch – Second Rise – Shape – Final Rise – Bake.

Conclusion 

In this article, we answered the question “How long are dough cycles on bread machine?”, and what are the different stages of dough making in the bread machine?

References 

https://www.thespruceeats.com/oven-baking-bread-machine-dough-909022

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.