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bread delimma; substitute advice; product review?

Can anyone help with my bread problem? When I was a kid, my mom made fresh bread in her breadmachine that was not only good to have as a side item, but it made killer sandwiches. I've tried making bread on her machine but it never turns out. I assume that maybe the machine itself is at fault, being really old. What are some good and affordable models of breadmakers? I believe hers was a Breadsmith?
Also, I've tried many times to bake it in the oven. I made some pretty good light rye bread last night, so I don't think it's the recipes that I find, but when it cooks, the bread gets hard on the outside and remains doughy on the inside. I've tried covering it with foil, but the rye loaf cooked 2 1/2 times longer than it needed to and remained squishy on the inside. I do substitute the margarine in a recipe for applesauce and omit the sugar to balance the sweetness. Any thoughts, accomplished bakers?
One more thing: I tried making a chedda block from the Uncheese Cookbook and it resulted in some really good dip. I used cornstarch instead of agar agar... was my mistake using the equivalent smaller amount of agar suggested? Should I use more cornstarch?
As always, thank you for your suggestions.
Tags: -appliances-bread makers, substitutes-dairy-cheese, techniques-breads
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