I bought a fancy Cuisinart bread machine and have struggled with it for weeks! I tried making whole wheat bread with added gluten, and it was a brick. Learn how I finally figured it out:
I learned that I must mix the white flour and whole wheat flour. I know, it's less healthy that way, but I'm finally making edible bread. Lesson learned, you must use the exact ingredients and follow the instructions perfectly. You must do it precisely.
This weekend's loaf was so good my husband and son wouldn't eat dinner, they just wanted bread! So I made a huge batch of egg salad and we had egg salad sandwiches with HUGE slices of bread!