Introducing the quick bake bread maker cycle setting

Introducing the quick bake bread maker cycle and setting!


A bread maker has different cycles and settings to help you bake the desired bread. It’s an appliance that makes baking bread easy, but sometimes choosing the proper cycle and setting can be confusing. Knowing the correct cycles and settings for the type of bread you want is essential when using your baking machine. 

Fast2eat Bread Recipes show you which setting to use, but if you’re not using one of the Fast2eat recipes or your recipe doesn’t tell you which cycle to use, this post can help. It explains the most common bread machine cycles and settings for your convenience.


“Quick/Rapid” (or “Quick yeast” or “Turbo” or “Quick bake”) setting

Use the shorter setting to bake bread quickly, for about 1:20-1:45 hours. It takes a little longer than the “One-hour” option, but the bread will be softer with a more delicate texture.
It is for bread in a hurry as it skips the second rise.

Quick bake bread maker cycle setting Fast2eat

Depending on the machine, this setting can be different, but it usually makes the dough rise faster.
You should check your machine’s manual to know how to use it properly.

Quick/Rapid loaf

This setting makes the bread slightly taller and fluffier than the 58-minute bread.

Quick yeast bread tips and hints

If you’re using the “Quick/Rapid” setting on your bread machine, there are a few things to note.

  • This “Quick/Rapid setting” setting differs from the “Quick bread” or “Cake” settings, which don’t need rise time as they use chemical (non-yeast) leavenings.
  • Always use Instant yeast. Do NOT use Active Dry Yeast for the “Quick/Rapid setting” because the loaves will be much shorter when baked.
  • Always use warm (46-52°C/115–125°F) liquid in this setting. You should use a cooking thermometer to gauge the temperature; hot liquids can kill the yeast, while cold liquids may not activate it.
  • Ensure all ingredients (flour, sugar, butter etc.) are at room temperature. The time the yeast has to work is already shortened; having the ingredients slightly warm at the start ensures the yeast gets activated immediately.
  • Use bread flour or add ½ tbsp vital wheat gluten per cup of flour for a guaranteed fluffy loaf.
  • You cannot use the delay timer. This would cool the liquid ingredients and affect how the bread rises.
  • With the “Quick/Rapid setting,” “Crust Colour,” and “size” cannot be changed.
  • Open the lid to check the dough consistency after 5-10 minutes of kneading, but don’t open it during the rise or bake cycle.
  • If the loaf is hard to remove from the pan, let it sit for about 5 minutes to cool.
  • Wait 15 minutes before slicing. 

Quick yeast bread recipes

“Quick/Rapid setting” varies from machine to machine but generally implies the shortening of rising times. 

Adapting to a longer regular cycle

If your bread maker doesn’t have a “Quick” setting, use the following settings for different types of bread:

Basic for white bread, Sweet for sweet or fruit and nut bread, and Whole-wheat for bread with more than 50% whole wheat flour.

Remember to adjust the yeast ratio.
For each cup of flour, use 3/4 teaspoon of Active Dry Yeast (or ½ tsp of Instant yeast).
According to the best ratio of ingredients.

Adapting for the “dough setting.”

Although it will take longer, you can adapt recipes prepared for the “quick bake” setting on your bread machine for the “dough setting.”

Take the dough out when the machine beeps and shape it as desired. You can make different breadsticks, pizza crusts, rolls, croissants, and more.

Remember to adjust the yeast ratio.
For each cup of flour, use 3/4 teaspoon of Active Dry Yeast (or ½ tsp of Instant yeast).
According to the best ratio of ingredients.

The quick bake cycle typically follows these steps:


The “knead” cycle distributes, mixes and moistens all the ingredients to become evenly distributed. During the “Knead” cycle, the blade rotates quickly and alternates clockwise and counterclockwise directions. It has an action that simulates hand kneading. The action of the mechanical kneading produces more friction than kneading by hand, very slightly warming the dough. As the dough is worked, the flour particles absorb the liquid, and the dough becomes more compact. The top surface will be smooth. A dough ball will form.

Scrape down the sides

I often look at the dough during the “Knead” cycle and scrape down the sides if there is a lot of flour in the corners of the pan.

Checking the ball dough

Humidity, the way the flour is measured and the moisture content of the flour affects dough consistency. For this reason, you may wish to check the dough approximately 5-10 minutes into the “Knead” cycle.
I cannot stress this enough to avoid surprises!!! Follow the method described in check the dough ball.

Add beep

On many machines, a signal, such as a beep, is late in the kneading process. So you can add ingredients such as raisins, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, chopped candied fruit, and seeds just in time to have them mixed lightly into the dough. This way, the extras are not overmixed or pulverized during the vigorous blade action of the kneading cycle of the “setting.”

Some machines with the “Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser” don’t have a beep and will automatically release their contents 8-10 minutes before the “knead “cycle ends, regardless of whether it has been loaded. 


This rising cycle is where time is cut for this “Rapid/Quick yeast bread” and the “One-hour” settings. 

Rising, also known as proofing, is a period of rest that allows the gluten to become smooth and elastic through fermentation. It is essential to the flavour of the bread. During this cycle, no movement occurs in the bread pan, and a remarkable transformation occurs; a firm, heavy dough ball changes into a puffy mass that increases in size.

Don’t worry if the dough is still somewhat low in the pan as this rise nears its end. The dough will rise considerably during baking.

However, if the dough rises higher than the bread pan, open the lid and use your fingers to deflate it gently. Or pierce the top with a skewer or toothpick and let it deflate gently. It will lower slightly, preventing it from baking over the top of the pan, collapsing, or spilling onto the heating element. Take notes and, next time, reduce the amount of the ingredients in the recipe.



The “Bake” cycle regulates the baking time and temperature according to the individual recipe, and no movement occurs in the bread pan. Baking times vary according to the loaf size and choice of setting. The proper temperature provides the heat necessary for the best oven spring. The “Basic” setting bakes in the middle range. The “Sweet setting” is the lowest, and the “French” is the highest. 

When the cycle finishes, the bread pan, handle, paddle, and machine can be very hot.
Be careful and use potholders.


Choose the right setting to get the bread texture, colour, and flavour you want. Some commonly found setting options in a bread machine include:

Note: Refer to your owner’s manual for your specific machine cycles.

Bread machine settings and cycles are easy to use once you are acquainted with your bread machine.
The most common bread machine cycles and settings explained above should help you get started, even if you don’t have your manual on hand.
Happy Baking!


This article is part of “How to bake awesome bread


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