Here's Some Great Bread Baking Tips from Mama
These recipes and bread baking tips will make you an instant success whether it's biscuits, cornbread, zucchini bread, or just plain white bread.
There are several things you need to remember when making bread:
* Always use the best ingredients, since bread consists of so few ingredients, you want to use the best.
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* I like to use kosher salt, although a bit more expensive than table salt, it has no added preservatives. It is just pure salt.
* When making a yeast bread, check the date on the yeast to make sure that it is not out of date.
* Store unused yeast in the freezer, it will last up to a year.
* Find a wooden dough bowl to use just for making bread. It's like a cast iron skillet, the more you use it, the more seasoned it becomes. Wash it with just water, never use soap. Old yeast cells will survive in the bowl and make each batch of bread that much better.
When making Batter Breads
* The temperature of the liquid used in the recipe is very important. If it's too hot, the yeast will die and the dough will not rise. Check it on your wrist just like you would with a baby bottle.
*Allow the dough to rise during both proofing periods until double in size.
*Remove the bread from the pan immediately and cool on a wire rack.
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When making Yeast Breads
* Flour will absorb moisture when it's humid so the amount of flour you'll need when kneading the dough might vary.
* Allow the dough to rise during both proofing periods, until double. You can do this by indenting the dough with two fingers. If the indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.
* When done, the bread will sound hollow when the loaf is lightly tapped.
Bread Baking Tips For Making Biscuits
* Never use bread flour. Bread flour is made from hard wheat and biscuits need to be made from soft wheat flour.
* When adding the liquid ingredients to the dry ones use a fork. Make a well in the center of the flour, pour in the buttermilk or milk and gently mix with a fork to avoid over-mixing.
* Do not add too much additional flour when kneading and rolling.
* Cut biscuits with a sharp-edged cutter. Cut straight down without twisting the cutter so the biscuits will rise straight.
When most people think of southern bread, they think of biscuits and cornbread. Although these are the most popular, they definitely aren't the only ones.
If you're wanting to learn how to make bread that will scream comfort food, keep the above bread baking tips in mind when making these recipes for bread:
Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits
Tomato Basil Bread
Banana Nut Bread
Tropical Fruit and Nut Bread
Banana Blueberry Muffins
Recipes for Bread Machines:
Here's one of the best bread baking tips of all: Buy a Bread Machine!
I used to make all of my bread by hand until I got carpal tunnel syndrome and was no longer able to so I decided to try a bread machine. What a wonderful tool. This takes so much work out of making bread. It's really no trouble at all to make bread nowadays. You just put all of the ingredients into the machine and presto, you have bread dough. I'm not really fond of baking it in the machine just because I like to shape it myself but you can bake it in yours if you like.
Bread Machine Recipes:
Outback Brown Bread
Honey Wheat Bread
Sweet Bread Machine Rolls
Garlic and Herb Bread Sticks
Soft Oat Dinner Rolls
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread
Click Here to learn how to make these bread machine recipes without a machine!
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