questions about bread makers?
I just acquired a bread maker. It's a big Panasonic, comes with high recommendations etc. I've never used one before, so before launching into this, can someone please help me get started?
I know the books recommend instant yeast which I have. But is standard dried yeast completely out?
Is there a way to make a pre-ferment, a biga or poolish, and use it in the machine? I find it adds a lot to the flavor of good bread. The instructions which are quite clear don't allow for variations like this.
Finally, are there any tips which could be useful to a beginner? I've made bread by hand and with a mixer for years so I'm not inexperienced in breadmaking, just in using this new gadget.