Has the pandemic really been that bad? We think not! While many of us were cooped up in our home under level 5 lockdown we took the time to learn a few really cool home tricks. One of these was making homemade bread. Everyone did it. And we all learnt a few really cool lessons. Firstly bread isn’t all that easy to make, and we really appreciate out bakers even more. Secondly, there’s more than one type of bread. And, lastly, baking bread smells delicious!
Here are four quick tips we learned from making homemade bread:
Whenever possible use bread flour or baking flour as opposed to all-purpose flour. While the results of using either is marginally different, you’ll get better chewier bread when you use baking flour. This is because baking or bread flour has a higher protein level. And this means you’ll get a better development of gluten (which gives bread its texture).
Steam Is Your Friend
Do you want your bread to have the ultimate crust? Then you need to harness the power of heat and humidity. You can make sure you have enough moisture in your over by simple spritzing your oven pan with a little water. Alternatively, you can also use a Dutch Oven.
Rise Bread, Rise
You need to give your bread enough time to rise. Beginner mistake … You don’t let your bread dough rise enough and you’re left with dense and even worse … flat bread. When you let your bread rise, you let the flavours develop. And, you’ll ensure that your bread has volume to it. Letting you bread rise also means you’ll have a better bread texture.
Check Your Water Temperature
You’re adding yeast to your bread and you need to make sure that it stays alive. Using boiling water means you kill off all the good properties that make yeast useful for bread baking. Try your best to use lukewarm water when you develop or bloom your yeast.
So what do you knead for bread? Do you see what we did there? Well we’ve had a chat with our bakers and they all agree that making different breads requires different ingredients. But they can all agree that the four most commonly used ingredients are:
Check out these three really cool bread recipes you can make at home:
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by whipping together a traditional Irish soda bread – it’s dense, yet soft and has an incredible crusty exterior – best of all, it doesn’t require any yeast!
A South African classic recipe that can be served as a side dish or enjoyed by itself, spread with butter.
There’s nothing like home-made bread to impress a crowd and this recipe requires little effort for a delicious garlic rosemary loaf that will feed a dozen!