If anyone in my family had any sense of carb control, I would bake bread a lot more often. But the truth is, if I make a loaf of homemade bread, the addicts consume every last crumb before it has a chance to cool down.
But for the rest of you, homemade bread is a great way to save money and eat better. You can purchase some pretty healthy and delicious bread at the store, but generally, the healthiest store bread, is often the most expensive.
Here are a few bread making tips that have helped me get great results every time.
I use my kitchen Aid. I’ve never been able to make good loaf by kneading it with my hands. That is truly an art I would love to have the time to perfect. When mixing, I always leave the bowl mixing for a good 5-8 minutes.
Then, I go straight to baking. I place the pan in the oven, then turn it on right away. Then my baking time is usually only about 30 minutes.
I take it out of the pan right away and place on a cooling rack, so the sides and bottom don’t start weeping with condensation. I will sometimes cover it with a dry towel to keep it from getting stale.
- I buy Saf Yeast. Not only is it the best price, it has always produced a rising bread for me. When I’ve used the other brands (in the envelopes), Half the time, my bread would not rise.
- I rise and bake the bread with a warm, steamy bowl of water in the oven with it. This keeps the bread moist!
- This recipe has given me great results, every time.
- When I had a bread maker, I would always set it on the dough setting, then rise and bake it in a real bread pan. I hated the shape of the bread maker loaves.
- If I have a problem with my bread, I usually find out what went wrong on this website: http://www.baking911.com/bread/problems.htm
Do you have any bread making tips that has helped you?