16 Bread Baking Tips Your Grandma Forgot To Tell You

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This article on the web site, Joybilee Farm, offers a series of useful tips, in fact, 16 Bread Baking Tips Your Grandma Forgot To Tell You. If you are an avid baker, especially of bread, some of these tips might be old hat. Others may be new to you. In any case, this article presents the tips in an easy and readable format so you can glance quickly through the list to see which ones you already use, and which ones you might want to experiment with in your own home oven. Here are a few of the tips you might want to consider when baking your own bread at home:

•Pre-heat the oven enough that the actual oven is also heated. Heat your oven for about one hour before you add the bread in to the oven to bake. This ensures that the oven is at the right temperature before you bake, and you are not losing heat to the exterior of the oven.

•Think about the crust. If you like a crispy crust, brush water on the loaf before you put it in the oven, and put a pan of water underneath the loaves on the bottom of the oven. Add about one half cup of water to the pan. If you want a very tender crust, brush the loaves entirely with melted and unsalted butter when the loaves come out of the oven and while they are still warm. This step also seals the loaf and keeps it fresher, longer.

•With the bake, proof your yeast. That means to dissolve the yeast in a little warm water and sugar and let it sit for five or ten minutes to be sure the yeast is still working. This ensures that you do not go to all the work of making a loaf, only to discover your yeast was old and no longer effective.

The website has plenty of other useful tips that you can read about when you want to make a loaf of bread. In fact, a recipe for bread follows the tips.

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