I have kneaded hundreds and hundreds of loaves of homemade bread in my days of being a homemaker, and along the way I have developed 5 top bread baking secrets to make my job easier. Besides the obvious cost saving of making bread at home, it taste better and is better for you.
If you are new to baking bread, there is one kitchen tool I would suggest you gather up. A good heavy stoneware bread raising bowl like this one I found at Amazon is like the one I use every week.
Now on to my favorite bread baking secrets:
- If you are interrupted during the bread rising step, set the dough in the refrigerator. It will slow down the process until you are ready to continue with raising the dough.
- To have a loaf of fresh bread warm and ready for breakfast. Make your dough the night before and, set it in a bread raising bowl covered with a damp cloth. In the morning pull the dough out and roll it into loaves, place the loaves in greased bread pans and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Then bake as your recipe instructs.
- For richer flavor and better texture allow your bread to rise slowly away from direct heat. Bread that takes up to 6 hours to raise will have a better texture than bread that rises quickly.
- If your dough seems dry at the end of its last rise, knead it on an oiled surface rather than a floured one.
- For bread that is golden on all sides as well on top, turn the baking loaf onto a baking sheet for the last 10 minutes of cooking time.
There is something so comforting about the smell of freshly baked bread and even though mastering the art of true bread making takes some time and finesse the effort you make for your family is so worthwhile!
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