It’s not uncommon for people to ask the internet how you make bread. But, as delicious as it is to make bread it can be easy to believe it’s too difficult and scary to attempt. It’s not.
Making bread at home is a great way to impress your friends (and let’s face it, your Instagram followers). These bread-making tips will help you create the perfect loaf.
Wet your hands after you have kneaded the dough.
Before you begin kneading bread, wet your hands. Flouring your hands can make the dough denser. You can prevent the dough from sticking to your hands by soaking your hands in water.
Cut the top of your loaf
Cut your loaves in half diagonally on the top 20 minutes before they go into the oven. This allows the loaves to expand in the oven without splintering.
Measure carefully your ingredients
It’s obvious, but it is important. Bread making is a scientific process. You need to be exact with your measurements.
Use potato water or pasta to make bread
This tip is courtesy of Nigella Lawson. To make bread, you can use water from which you have cooked potatoes or pasta to make it. Nigella tweeted: “Quick message for all bread-makers at the moment. Use the same water that you used to cook potatoes or pasta. This will improve the bread’s texture, and help it rise.
Nigella clarified that you should taste it before adding anything. You can dilute salty mixtures with water, but you should not add salt to the recipe.
Don’t prove your dough too long
The rising times will vary depending on the recipe and the room temperature, but 60 to 90 minutes should be sufficient. It is not beneficial to leave the dough for longer periods. The dough will eventually sink if it is left unproven. You can check if your bread is done proving by gently poking your loaf with your finger. The loaf should leave a slight indentation, and should slowly spring back into shape.
Use the right yeast
There are three types of yeast available: active dried yeast, fast-acting yeast, and fresh yeast. Fast-acting yeast is the most common type of yeast used in bread-making machines. You need to make sure that you get the right one when you go to the supermarket. They don’t all work in the same way.
Properly store your yeast
Fresh yeast should be stored in the refrigerator for at least a week. However, you can freeze it for up to three months. Although dried yeast can last longer, it should be discarded after the expiration date.
Salt is a must
Salt is a must in bread dough. It will taste bland and the crumb won’t form well. Salt mediates yeast and alters the bread texture. For each loaf of bread, you need 1 teaspoon of salt.