Breadmaker bread not rising - looks like a brick


Smell the yeast first, it should smell warm and yeasty. If it smells stale and musty, throw it out and start again with fresh yeast.

Bread won't rise [solved]

We've recently had a series of failures when making bread with our Panasonic breadmaker - the bread fails to rise and comes out like a house brick.

After reading this article, It seems highly likely that the cause is the yeast. As many people mentioned, the yeast seems to be the cause of this problem, even if it's within the sell-by date. A couple of extra clues: The failing yeast had a rather nasty smell, nothing like the pleasant yeasty smell. Also the bread tasted a little bit sweet, which it would if the yeast was not able to digest the sugar.

Another useful suggestion is to store the yeast in your fridge as it is a 'live' ingredient and it can be 'killed'.

Changing the yeast solved the problem. I may go back to sachet-packed yeast. We make fresh pizzas and fresh pittas at least once a week yet it seems a can of Allinson's yeast goes off before we can use it all up.

White loaf - Breadmaker recipe
A medium-sized basic white loaf
Servings:Servings: 10 - Makes 1 loaf
Calories per serving:617
Ready in:4 hours 15 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:4 hours, 5 minutes
Recipe author:Chef
First published:13th November 2013

Best recipe review

Pretty good, and easy to make


The standard breadmaker recipes are good but if you have the Panasonic breadmaker and the option of the 'French Bake', that is far better, but takes about 6.5 hours!

Paul R Smith

The recipes

A standard white bread breadmaker recipe that is specific to the Panasonic SD253 breadmaker (and similar models).

Use menu 01 Basic bake (4 hours 5 minutes) on Panasonic SD-ZB2502 automatic breadmaker

It will almost certainly work for most breadmakers and is worth trying if you have lost your instruction book!

The timer may be used for this recipe.

Medium loaf


Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe

Large loaf

Extra large loaf


  1. Place the ingredients in your breadmaker, in the order shown
  2. Select Bake program (4 hours)
  3. Select menu 01 Basic bake (4 hours 5 minutes) on Panasonic SD-ZB2502 automatic breadmaker
  4. Select chosen crust option
  5. Select the appropriate loaf size to match the recipe [Medium, Large or Extra large]
  6. Rise and bake (4 hour cycle)

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