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8 Tips For Better Bread Making

January 30, 2014 10 Comments

#3. 
Limit the Flour in Your Dough.

 

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One of the real sticking points for many people is the range of flour amounts that many recipes call for. Most of us like clear instructions, and telling us that a certain bread requires between 7-8 cups of flour is just not precise enough for us. 

Maybe this will help.

Most sandwich bread does best when the ratio of flour to water is 2:1. So, for every 4.4 oz bread flour, you’ll need 2.2 oz water by weight. One half the weight of the flour is the amount of water you’ll need.

Know that, even if you think the dough seems too sticky, if your ratio is correct, your bread will be just fine. Resist adding extra flour. While adding more flour does make dough less sticky, it invariably leads to a dense loaf that does not rise as much as it should.

 

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  1. Pearl Fernandez says:

    thank you for the best recipe for home made bread I have
    come across! thanks for all the tips and explanations.

  2. C Campbell says:

    Thank you for all the tips! The only thing I do differently is slicing the bread partially frozen, so that I can get thinner, more even slices.

  3. Jake says:

    Hello,

    I’m looking for someone to advise on the best bread roll or bun that can be made. Many years ago, I used to buy a particular high quality bread roll with sesame seeds on it. The roll was firm to grip; the colour of the roll itself was brown/dark brown; the inside was fluffy white; the seeds never fell of the roll, somehow ‘glued’ on to the surface. The smell and taste of the roll was powerful, like roasted sesame seeds but much stronger; its shape was almost like a ball; the skin was thin and crusty, but not overly ‘crunchy’.

    The shop closed, and I haven’t been able to buy a similar product since. What is available is just a common bread roll, but the quality is just not the same. So, I’m looking to see if I can bake them myself as they may be a costly and perhaps difficult product to make.

    If I may please ask if anybody knows the right ingredients and equipment to use to achieve an identical quality? Are we dealing with Italian OO flour, or a particular special oven to bake at a certain temperature, or unique additives such as, perhaps, malt, unique oils, or whatever?

    Thanks. Jake.

  4. looli says:

    these ( and all the other baking questions ) are by far the MOST useful tips on baking i have ever read . i have had so many unanswered questions and u have explained them so clearly n simply. i cant thank u enuf. i will take a look at the rest of the site ….i am sure it is just as helpful.

  5. Rhett says:

    I always double bag my bread before freezing. Put the bread in one freezer bag, remove the air and then place in a second, remove the air. Works perfectly and I never get any ice crystals even if I leave it for a couple of month. Excellent tips – Thanks

  6. CoachTMBSC says:

    To vacuum seal the bread: Let it cool to room temp and then wrap well in freezer paper. Freeze for 2-4 hours in the freezer paper (until solid) and then vacuum seal wrapped in the freezer paper just as you do anything else. To thaw, just remove the freezer paper wrapped bread from the vacuum bag and let it come to room temp out of the vacuum bag. Vacuum sealing and freezing can extend the useful life up to six months and is an excellent way to conserve energy and effort by baking up batches at a time. The same method is effective with quick breads, muffins, and biscuits. Just be sure to remove from the vacuum bag while thawing.

  7. mike says:

    how do you keep the dough from falling when you try to put a slit on the top of the loaf?

  8. Balendra Singh says:

    Proofing the dough is another important factor while bread making and must be duly given time as well as temperature for complete aeration.

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