9 Bread Baking Tips

Blossom Lady
Jun 14, 2022 08:18 AM
9 Bread Baking Tips

Baking bread is one of the most satisfying at-home cooking projects. That freshly baked bread smell alone is worth the effort. Easy bread recipes are the way to go if you’re new to baking bread, and quick breads, made without yeast, are particularly simple to master.

After you learn the basics, we’re sure you’ll be absolutely hooked on making your own bread and the magic that comes with the process. From mixing to kneading to proofing, we’ve got some useful tips and techniques you need to make bakery-quality bread right in your own kitchen.

1. Slow The Slice

Don’t cut freshly baked bread too soon. Doing so may negatively alter the texture. Cool it for at least 2 hours before slicing if in a rush, but resting it overnight is recommended.

2. Freezer Over Fridge

Keeping your bread in the refrigerator will make it hard. It will stay fresh up to 3 months if kept in the freezer and then thaw to a softer texture.

3. Tasty Toppings

Before baking bread, add some tasty toppings. Brush dough with oil or water and then sprinkle on sunflower seeds or other grains for texture and taste.

4. Similar But Not Equal

If you’re using a bread maker, do not use recipes intended for the oven, and vice versa.

5. Experiment With Flavor

Try tossing some flavorful additions in your dough. Foods like olives, bacon bits, and cheese all bake nicely in a loaf of bread. Avoid additions that contain a lot of water.

6. Keep It Fresh

When possible, use freshly ground wheat. This makes for softer bread that is more nutritious.

7. Salt And Yeast

When combining ingredients, don’t combine salt and yeast alone ahead of time. They don’t play nicely together unless they have flour to help.

8. Just Right

When developing your yeast, use hot water. If you can hold your finger in it comfortably, it’s not too hot.

9. Keep It Kosher

If you use kosher salt in your bread recipe, you need to adjust the quantity. Use about 1/2 teaspoon less than most recipes call for, unless kosher salt is specified.

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