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Greasing bread machine pan?

Joyfull | Jan 1, 201109:19 AM

Hi all.

I have a new Zojirushi bread machine, BBCEC 20. I've used it once, it works great, made a lovely loaf of bread. But, I did have a problem removing the bread from the baking pan. The pan sides & bottom were fine, they did not stick, its the two kneading paddles I had the problem with.

The bread would not release from the paddles like they should have. I did manage to get one paddle to separate from the bread by shaking the pan, the other paddle I could not. I ended up having to pull the loaf out of the pan with the paddle now inside the bottom of the bread. I had to cut the bread to remove the paddle, as it was too far up inside the loaf to remove any other way.

My question is, do any of you that have bread machines grease your pans? Especially the kneading paddles? My manual does not state one needs to grease the pan or paddles. My thinking is, it would be easier for the loaf to be removed if I did.
But, at the same time, I do not want to grease, if its not a wise thing to do.

Any advice from bread machine lovers, will be much appreciated.

Thank you!

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