There is no better scent than the smell of fresh bread coming from your kitchen!!! Here are some tips for making perfect homemade bread that is delicious and nutritious. Bon Appetite!!!
Making homemade bread is not an exact science. I should know. I’ve been attempting it for over 30 years with both good and bad results. It is definitely a work in progress!!! Before my latest foray into bread making, I got some great tips from Chef Brad which resulted in probably the best batch of bread I have ever baked. What made the difference?
1) The right equipment- One thing I’ve learned coming in to mid-life is that it pays to have the right equipment to get a job done right. No more cutting corners. If I want good results, I need good equipment. When it comes to making a great batch of bread, the right equipment includes a heavy duty mixer (I have a Bosch but a Kitchen Aid will also do the trick), narrow metal bread pans, a kitchen scale (for measuring your dough) and a thermometer (perfect bread reaches 180 degrees when it is done).
2) The right kind of flour. If you are making white bread, make sure it is an artisan type. Wheat breads should be made from flour composed of hard white wheat. Either kind should contain none of the chemical bromine.
3) The right kind of yeast. Always use fast rising. Put in last when adding ingredients.
3) The right firmness. Dough should be pulling away from side of bowl when mixing. Sticky dough is lighter and best for making rolls, not loaves of bread.
4) The right sizing of loaves. Pour oil on the counter. Measure two pounds of dough on your kitchen scale (2-1/2 if a larger pan). Spray your pans with cooking spray. Flatten out the dough, then fold in sides and ends. Bang on counter a couple of times to release air bubbles. Plop in bread pan. Let rise until double.
5) The right temperature. While dough is doubling, turn on oven to 400 degrees. When loaves are double in size, put in preheated oven, close the door, and turn temperature down to 325 degrees. Check in 20-25 minutes. Bread is done when the inside temperature is 180 degrees.
Ready to put these tips in to action? Here is a fabulous recipe I got from my friend’s daughter-in-law, Melissa W. A great way to have your veggies and eat your bread too!! Enjoy!!!