Valuable Bread Tips
I need tips and tricks for making bread. I like the flavor of my bread(white),but the texture isn`t always good. It is sometimes crumbly. My DH takes it for lunch and his sandwiches fall apart. Any ideas? Or tried and true recipes? I have a kitchen aid mixer,this is better than what I used to make but it could improve!
. "something I've discovered"
with my Kitchen aide is that if I add enough flour so that the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl, the bread will be too dry. If I make the dough slightly sticky, the bread will be moist and less crumbly.
Also, if I let the mixer knead the bread a little extra the texture of the bread is better.
I think (but I'm not sure) that if you let the bread rise twice before baking you get a better texture.
AAnnnndddd, I have certain recipes that just always turn out better than other recipes. Why don't you experiment with some new recipes?
I'm certainly no expert, but the above has been my experience.
I just knead mine by hand, so I am not sure if it would be the same, but if you knead it for at least 10 minutes, it does much better. Also rising twice seems to help (like someone else mentioned). I use 7 cups of flour for 2 loaves. Keli
OK, I won't repeat what everyone has already said, but I will add to it...
You can add a bit of oil to your recipe, that will help keep it from getting all crumbly...
Also, milk in the batter helps...
Another thing to add is wheat gluten (health food stores usually carry it)
You can buy lecithin from places like King Arthur Flour CO and add it to your bread, it will help beat the crumblies without changing the flavor...
And remember, homemade bread doesn't last as long "on the shelf" as store bought...Freeze (not refrigerate) what you won't eat within 2 days of baking...You can make sandwiches out of slices of frozen bread, they will thaw during the day adn shouldn't be falling apart on dh. Mommarocky
"How long do you"
knead the bread? It may need to be kneaded more?
On another thread (signature recipes) I have a recipe that looks really messy as you get all the ingred. together and mixed, but it does have to be kneaded a very very long time, and if it is allowed to raise more than once, the rewards are sweet.
I don`t mean to be dumb, but do you mean twice in the bowl then in the pan? I let it raise once in the bowl.shape put it the pans raise again then bake. thanks for the help.
I usually let mine rise and then punch it down and let it rise again. Then I form loaves and let is rise again in the pans. I do also use milk in mine and I put 1/4 cup of oil or butter
Allowing it to raise twice in the bowl before laid out to raise and bake.
BUUUUUUUTTTTTTTT - Kneading it well between is what I was referring to. If it is kneaded very well, it may make all the difference.
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