Product FAQs


Easy Bread® Tips for Best Results

  1. Shake the capsule before inserting into your Sunbeam® Easy Bread® Breadmaker.
  2. After inserting the capsule, close the machine lid to puncture the capsule. Reopen the lid and remove capsule packaging, ensure capsule is empty.
  3. Ensure stir paddle has been placed in the centre of the pan.
  4. Close lid and press the Start button.
  5. Do not open the bread maker door during operation. The machine will beep once the bread is baked.
  6. When baking a gluten free loaf, pour lukewarm water in the water reservoir and also add 100ml of lukewarm water directly in the baking pan.

How can I convert bread recipes to a breadmaker?

Sunbeam Breadmakers can be used with your own traditional bread recipes. You can convert any bread recipe to your bread machine if you do not exceed the recommended amount of flour listed below: 1 pound Loaf: No more than 2 cups, 1 1/2 pound Loaf: No more than 3 1/2 cups, 2 pound Loaf: No more than 4 cups, 2 1/2 pound Loaf: No more than 5 cups. Results may vary when adjusting a recipe, feel free to experiment.

Where can I get parts (bread pan, kneading blade, etc.) for my breadmaker?

Parts for Sunbeam breadmakers may be purchased online and through an authorised Service Centre. To find a Service Centre in your area, please click the Service Centre link.

Why can't I select a loaf size?

The loaf size option is not available when the following selections are made: ExpressBake, Bake Only and Dough Cycles

Why did my bread cave in or collapse (sunken top)?

There are several causes for bread to collapse or cave in (sunken top): Some common causes are:

  1. Too much yeast liquids are present.
  2. There is not enough flour.
  3. Temperature of the liquids is not correct.

RECOMMENDATION: When correct salt and sugar amounts are used, a small increase of these two ingredients may be a remedy. Or, try reducing the water called for by 1/4 to 4 tablespoons. Additional causes may be: (1) High humidity or high temperature is present. RECOMMENDATION: At such time, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour or decrease the liquid. A quick-rise yeast may have been used. Too much yeast will cause the loaf to have a course, open grain and a flattened or sunken top.

Why didn't bread rise properly?

When baking bread, results may vary. Following are some common reasons why bread did not rise properly:

  1. Yeast was not added or incorrect amount of yeast was use.
  2. Yeast had expired. Check the date on all yeast purchases and store yeast in refrigerator to make it last longer.
  3. Incorrect water temperature was used Water should be room temperature.
  4. Incorrect measure of salt was used.
  5. Draft from nearby doors or windows
  6. Not enough sugar or liquid was used. If the bread does not have enough of these two ingredients, it may not have enough gluten to develop a strong rise. Increase the ratio of bread flour or add 1 1/2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons of vital gluten.
  7. Proper measurement and type of flour used. When making bread, bread flour should be used by measuring it in a measuring cup - being careful not to pack it in. Using old flour will also cause bread not to rise.
  8. Type of yeast used. Are you using quick rise yeast? When using this type of yeast, instead of Active Dry Yeast or Bread Machine Yeast, merely decrease the amount used. As a general guide, we recommend using 1/2 teaspoon of Fast-Rising yeast per cup of flour. Example: 3 cups flour = 1 1/2 teaspoons Fast-Rising yeast.
  9. Weather conditions. Salt may be increased by 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon to keep the dough from rising too quickly and then falling. Still not rising? Increase yeast by 1/2 teaspoon or decrease salt by 1/4 teaspoon. Helpful Hint: When putting in salt, sprinkle it around the sides of the bread pan so it does not touch the yeast.

Why did my bread turn out hard and not rise?

There are several reasons bread will turn out hard or will not rise: CAUSES: Yeast was not added Stale flour or stale yeast was used. Extra salt, sugar or hot liquids may have killed the yeast and inhibited rising. Old flour was used. If still not rising, increase yeast by 1/2 teaspoon or decrease salt by 1/4 teaspoon.

Why didn't my ingredients mix?

Following are reasons why the ingredients may not mix

  1. Pan not inserted all the way.
  2. Kneading blade may not be in the pan.
  3. Bake ONLY was selected.
  4. Power outage.
  5. Wheat delay has been selected.
  6. Unit may have 15 to 30 minute delay before mixing. If after reviewing the above causes the breadmaker will still not mix, the unit should be taken to an authorised Service Centre.

Why does my breadmaker have E:EE in the display?

Some breadmakers will display E:EE. This means that the room temperature is too high to make bread (86 F or more). To reset the unit, press and hold the "Start/Stop" button. Place the bread maker in a cool location before using again.

Why does my breadmaker have H:HH in the display?

Some breadmakers will display H:HH. This means that the bread maker must cool before you bake another loaf. To assist with the cool down, the breadmaker lid can be left open or removed to help cool the unit. Let the breadmaker cool about 15 minutes before baking another loaf.

Why does my breadmaker have L:LL in the display?

Some breadmakers will display L:LL. This means that the room temperature is too low to make bread (59 F or less). To reset the unit, press and hold the "Start/Stop" button. Place the breadmaker in a warm room and allow it to warm up.

Why doesn't my breadmaker work or receive any power?

Breadmakers require 500 - 700 watts of power to operate. The following are some common causes of power failure:

  1. Not plugged into a working outlet.
  2. Plugged into an outlet with another high wattage appliance.
  3. Breadmaker not set properly.
  4. Breadmaker lost power after programming or during operation. After reviewing the above, we recommend you make another attempt to operate the breadmaker before having it serviced at an authotized Service Centre. To do so, reset the unit by unplugging it from the wall outlet for 5 seconds. Re-plug the unit into a working outlet. Program the unit for basic white bread (be sure pan is in place). Start the white bread cycle. If all of the above has been checked and the breadmaker still will not power on, contact your nearest authorised Service Centre.

How can I get the kneading blade out of the bread pan?

If the kneading blade will not come out of the bread pan, try the following: Soak in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. While holding the wing nut, wiggle the kneading blade. In the future try putting vegetable oil on the kneading blade shaft before attaching the kneading blade.

Why doesn't the breadmaker pan come out?

Sometimes the breadmaker pan will be engaged tighter than it was when placed into the breadmaker at the start of a cycle. This is caused during normal operation. To get the pan out of the breadmaker, please follow these steps:

  1. Make sure breadmaker and pan is cool. If warm, please use an oven mitt.
  2. Grasp the handle of the bread pan and pull straight up or if your pan twists, twist pan clockwise and pull up. You may find a little force is needed to get the pan out.

How do I test yeast to see if it is still active?

To test yeast, follow these instructions: Place 1/2 cup of lukewarm water into a small bowl or cup. Stir 1 teaspoon of sugar into the water. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of yeast over the surface. Place bowl or cup in a warm area and allow it to sit for 10 minutes undisturbed. The mixture should foam and produce a strong yeast aroma. If this does not occur, the yeast is inactive and stale and new yeast should be purchased.

I selected the "Wheat" setting, but my breadmaker isn't mixing. Why?

Some Sunbeam breadmakers have a Wheat delay time of 15 or 30 minutes. This delay allows for a period at the beginning of the cycle to "soften" the ingredients for better results. During the first 15 or 30 minutes, the machine does not mix, but the time will cycle down.

My breadmaker has ExpressBake options. What do I need to keep in mind when making bread with this cycle?

There are a few things you should know about the ExpressBake settings that are different than the other settings: Breads made using ExpressBake settings tend to have a darker, thicker crust than the other kinds of bread. Sometimes there will be a crack in the top of the crust. This is due to the higher temperatures used for baking. The loaves also tend to be shorter and denser. You CANNOT use the delay timer for the ExpressBake settings. This would cool the liquid ingredients and affect the way the bread rises. You CANNOT use the crust color buttons when baking breads with ExpressBake settings. DO NOT open the cover while baking breads with ExpressBake settings. If the loaf is hard to remove from the pan, let it sit for about 5 minutes to cool. Shake the bread out of the pan and wait for 15 minutes before slicing. If you wish to bake another loaf of bread, you must let the breadmaker cool for 20 minutes with the cover open. You can use standard bread mixes when baking breads with ExpressBake settings, but the results may not be as good as the results when using Sunbeam recipes within this book.

What are the tasks a breadmaker performs during a normal bread cycle?

When the breadmaker is operating, the machine performs the following tasks:

  1. Knead
  2. Rise
  3. Punch down
  4. Final rise
  5. Baking.

Note, times of each cycle may vary based on loaf size and cycle selection.

What can I do if the bread sticks to the bread pan?

For safety, please wear oven mitts when handling hot appliances. Sometimes, bread can stick inside the bread pan. Should this occur, try tapping hard on the bottom of the pan two times. You can also wrap pan with a damp cloth after you remove it from the machine. When sizzling stops, the bread should slide out. You can also try turning the wing nut back and forth. Do not make a complete turn or it will make a whole in the bread or break the wing nut.

What happens if the non-stick coating is peeling from the bread pan?

Each breadmaker pan has a non-stick coating that helps prevent bread from sticking to the pan. The non-stick coating can peel when metal kitchen instruments are used. Replacement pans can be obtained through a Authized Service Centre.

What is the difference between regular yeast and quick active yeast?

Quick rise yeast has an additional ingredient called Ascorbic Acid that enhances the rising time of yeast.