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Getting Into Baking Bread: Some Top Tips


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Making your own bread from scratch is a really enjoyable and fun thing to do, and a deeply satisfying one as well. There are few greater joys than filling the home with the smell of freshly baked bread, while creating an amazing loaf that you and your whole family are going to love. A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of making their own bread - you might assume that it’s very hard to do right - but in truth, it’s the kind of thing that is relatively simple to pick up. Here are some top tips on how to do so right.

Start Easy

First off, there are definitely some recipes which are easier than other ones, so it’s a good idea to start off easy and see where you go from there. Some recipes require less prep and are just generally quicker and easier to put together. A good example is this recipe for old fashioned yeast rolls, which you will find to be very easy to achieve, and yet will produce some delicious results every time. You can then progress on from there to more complex breads as your skills and confidence improve over time.

Do It By Hand

Although there are bread machines that you can buy, and these make pretty serviceable bread, you are going to create much more delicious bread by making it by hand. You will find it is more satisfying, too, and you have more control over exactly how it turns out. Plus, you will be learning the actual manual skills necessary to create great bread, and that is a really enjoyable and fun thing to learn on the whole. So do it by hand from the start, and you will develop much better skills in no time that will serve you well.

Use Dried Yeast

There are a few options when it comes to the yeast you use, and different people have different preferences. However, most newcomers to break-making will find that dried fast-action yeast is easily the best option on the whole. This comes in sachets of around 7 grams, which is normally perfect for a single loaf of bread, and all you need to do is add it straight to the bread mix. Old style yeast packets meant you had to activate the yeast first, but that is no longer the case. This kind of yeast is much easier to work with, and quicker too.

Be Patient

Bread-making and baking in general is all about patience. This is a task where there is a direct relation between how much you are able to wait and how delicious the end result turns out to be. So if you are looking for something that allows you to practice your patience, making bread is the thing to do. The longer you leave bread dough to rise, the better the result will be, and the more delicious you will find the bread to be too, so make sure that you're doing that as best as you can.