Questions about kneading, baking, storing, and culinary use of any kind of bread.

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What's are the benefits of different sourdough starter consistencies?

Is there any real differences between keeping a sourdough starter at a thick dough like consistency compared to a more watery consistency? Aside from the general thoughts of thicker being easier to ...
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What should I do with my leftover bench flour?

I make bread/pizza quite often, up to a few times per week. I work on a wooden surface for forming the dough and use a flour dredge to spread about 1 cup of flour per session on my surface. I would ...
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Does dried milk powder retard yeast growth in bread making

I have found that when using dried milk powder to soften the crumb on wholemeal loaves that the dough doesn't rise as well, even when using 25% strong white flour to increase the gluten. Is this ...
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What can I change about this bread recipe to lower its glycemic index?

I'm starting with a recipe from Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads that uses an overnight autolyse of a soaker (whole wheat flour, your choice of other grains, salt, and water) and a refrigerated ...
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Bread crusty outside and super soft inside

I want a crusty bread from outside and super soft almost like a croissant inside. What flour should I use?
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What's the difference between tangzhong and levain?

I am going to start making sourdough bread but there are recipes using both tangzhong and starter (levain). Not sure why both needed and how it will achieve given results.
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flexibility of a doughBun (brioche) [on hold]

i'm working on an excel file wich could calculate a " brioche dough" . is that somebody could tell me how to get the most flexibility and softness with less fat and sugar ? Juggling several fat : ...
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Why does ice form mostly on one side of frozen sliced bread?

I keep my store-bought bread in the freezer and I've noticed that after it's frozen, every slice has a lot of small ice crystals on one side, but almost none on the other. I was wondering if it had to ...
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Bread from the machine always too soft, can't be buttered

My bread machine (Panasonic SD-2501) makes good bread. The loaves rise every time and it has a great golden crust. However, the bread is always too soft. The recipe: 1 tsp dry yeast 440gm baker's ...
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Use of sour milk for bread making - how long after the expiration date is it safe?

My mother uses (and my grandmothers used to use) sour milk in the baking of homemade bread. This was generally whole raw milk that had soured. I'm not so lucky as to be able to get whole raw milk ...
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Looking For A Soy Flour Substitution

I have found what looks like a wonderful recipe for a low carb yeast bread that I really want to make. It only has 3.4g of net carbs/slice, which is gonna be pretty hard to beat! Especially if this is ...
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When making soda bread, 45 min on baking sheet or 15 min on cast iron skillet?

I am looking at these two recipes for making Irish soda bread: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/213830/brennans-irish-soda-bread http://allrecipes.com/recipe/51447/irish-soda-bread-in-a-skillet/ They ...
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Are the white things on a bread normal?

I have a piece of olive bread which was good by April 16. I have seen some white things on them since I got them on April 17, and have kept it in refrigerator. Are they normal and safe to eat? Will ...
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Does handling a lot of flour cause fingernails to break?

I recently started baking bread, including every day for the last month. (I give it away.) Since I began baking so much bread, I've had severe issues with my finger nails. They've have been peeling, ...
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Can I halve the Amish Friendship Bread recipe?

If you're not familiar with Amish Friendship Bread, or if it's been a while: Basically you mush the bag of starter every day for ten days. On days 5 and 10 you add one cup of milk, one cup of flour, ...
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Why is bread dough recovery important? [closed]

Im trying to learn all about bread making as im currently doing my svq as a craft baker. One question im having trouble answering is about dought recovory and why it is important. Any help would be ...
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What can I substitute for rye flour?

I am trying to make marbled rye bread, but around here I can't find rye flour. All I can find is all-purpose flour, bread flour, and maybe cake flour. Is there some way I can substitute stuff to ...
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Is Bisquick used as a standard in recipes for shop-bound products?

Are there shops that use Bisquick as a standard in their products that use flour mix? I just noticed that Bisquick is a fragrant flour and seems of good quality. I thus suppose that for small ...
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Why are there caraway seeds in rye bread?

I love rye bread, so something I have always wondered about is why there are caraway seeds in it. It seems to be some kind of tradition.
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Can I replace sugar with cane syrup in sourdough recipe

I'm baking my own sourdough bread (whole wheat-rye). Recipe calls for adding 2 table spoons of sugar with a bit of milk to get the starter, well... started. I thought about replacing it with cane ...
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What type of bread buns do premium burger restaurants use? [closed]

If you have a hamburger at a fancy deli they'll often have a very fancy bun. However, I have never seen these buns for sale at bakeries or grocery stores. What kind of different buns exist for "high ...
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should I let my sourdough loaf proof in the fridge or on the counter?

I've been watching tons of videos on making sourdough recently, and quite a few say to let the sourdough loaf do its final proof, or rise, in the fridge. Is this necessary? Would it speed up if I just ...
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How many risings for bread?

The background: I baked bread a couple of days ago, and I was out of yeast, so I borrowed a couple of packets of Fleischmann's Instant Yeast from a neighbor. I'm used to dry active yeast, which ...
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Why is a glaze applied to the top of a hot cross bun?

I am making hot cross buns and wondering why the buns have to have a glaze... Any scientific answer or is it just because it's nicer?
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Adding flavorings & fillings to bread dough

I have a basic sourdough bread recipe that I've made a few times with consistent results, so I decided to try modifying it with different flavors and fillings. My question is, are there general ...
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How do different techniques impact sourdough bread?

I have recently started baking sourdough bread (with a 100% hydration starter). My current method is: Take starter from the fridge, feed, wait a couple of hours. Add flour and water (approx 70% ...
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Bread recipe calls for dry milk powder. Can I use dry buttermilk powder?

I'm making a white pain de mie. I'd like to try to use up some buttermilk powder in place of the dry milk in the recipe. I've swapped out some of the water for fresh milk to substitute for dry milk ...
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Can you live indefinitely on bread? [closed]

I just watched the third episode of the Netflix documentary, "Cooked". In this episode, Michael Pollan quotes Bruce German a food scientist as UC Davis as saying, one could live for a while on wheat ...
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Gluten free bread in breadmaker looks weird and doesn't rise

I have been trying to make gluten-free bread in my bread maker for a few times now. It always fails. It doesn't rise how a funny shape (still the shape from kneading) and doesn't cook very well inside ...
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How to make store bought whole multi grain bread softer?

I normally don't like sandwiches in the first place, but if I eat sandwiches, I find sandwiches made with white bread to be more appetizing, since the bread is soft and smooth When I tried whole ...
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Do I have to adjust anything to add seeds to bread?

I have a go-to recipe for Honey-Oat Pain de Mie. I'd like to add about 1/2 cup total of combined sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Since I do bake it in a Pain de Mie pan, I'll pull a small dinner roll's ...
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Soft dinner rolls always taste bland or flat

I proof Granular Rapid Rise yeast in mix of milk/water/honey/touch of flour and 100 - 110 degrees, adding the yeast. Always proofs really well, doubling etc. I have made these so many times, you ...
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Adding 'swirls' to savoury bread dough

I'd like to make a mustard bread that I can get at my local coffee shop: It's got mustard swirls in it but is a normal loaf shape. When and how do you incorporate savoury sauces like mustard or ...
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How can I make my almond buns rise evenly?

I make small almond flour buns using silicone molds shaped like half a ball, my problem is that I need them to rise evenly so that I can get a perfect mini-bun shape. What should I do?
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Is the second rise step neccesary for no-knead bread?

In the classic no-knead bread recipe, it calls for letting the dough rise once for 12-18 hours, then folding it on a work surface and letting it rise again for two hours. Why is this second rise ...
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Why won't my bread rise much during baking?

I'm trying some bread making for the first time and am having a hard time getting my bread to rise during baking. Here is the recipe I'm following: ...
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Pumpkin Bread that is similar to Banana Bread

Can you make a pumpkin flavored bread similar to how you can make banana bread? Adding pumpkin to a bread dough mixture similar to how you make banana bread. Is this what pumpernickel is?
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Why does my calzone crust lose its crunchiness within minutes of being removed from the oven?

I have tried making meat stuffed Calzones from pizza dough. It came out really crispy, but after 10 minutes or so the bread was kind of rubbery. It was weird because I made pizza the other day using ...
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Where can I buy fresh, live yeast for making bread? (NOT active dry yeast)

Where can I buy live yeast? Who sells it? Can I buy it non-commercially? Does anyone sell it online? I've found it difficult to find, at least in the United States's grocery stores.
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What are the best burger buns available in the UK? [closed]

In recipes online I see recommendations for buns such as Martin's Potato Rolls. However it doesn't seem like it's possible to get this kind of bun in the UK, or indeed anything other than the basic no ...
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Stretchy Lebanese flatbread?

When I used to get donor kebabs in Brisbane, Australia, the store I would frequent would serve them in a particular stretchy flatbread, who the store owner told me was a type of bread from lebabnon. ...
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Coins in bread?

Is it customary, in Greek or any other cuisine, to put a nickel (or any other coin) inside the bread? I know it is tradition to bake an inedible baby figure into Mardi Gras "King Cake:" but I had ...
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How can I improve the shape/appearance of this bread?

I've been making bread from this recipe: 550g flour 370 water 12g kosher salt 4g yeast Knead in the stand mixer, shape into an ovoid bâtard kind of deal, slash diagonally, and bake 45 min. at ...
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Why add lupin flour to white bread?

We buy ordinary, American-style white sandwich bread from a national supermarket chain. I just had a look at the ingredients and was surprised to see that, in addition to wheat flour, it contains ...
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Creating ideal temperature for dough to rise

Are there machines that maintain optimal temperature for dough to rise?
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Breadmaker bread not remaining fresh long enough

I have an issue with the bread we make in our bread maker. My wife claims it is not fresh enough to eat if it is more than 1 day old; however, she will eat shop brought bread that is 2 days old. This ...
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How many kilos of bread can I produce with one kilo of flour?

I wish to calculate how economic a breadmaker is compared to store bought bread. Does anyone know how many kilos of bread can be made from one kilogram of flour? To make it simple, let's say generic ...
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Making bread on Stand Mixer

I am a novice at making bread from freshly milled flour. I have a kitchen aid mixer and am using the dough hook to knead bread. Do I need to: Knead it more by hand once I turn it out? how long Put ...
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Preserving cheese sandwich

I'm curious about an effective method of preserving a cheese sandwich. I'm looking to prepare them as far ahead of use as possible. I've considered various alternatives but it's not really clear ...
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Egg In My Bread

I'm tweaking the recipe I have for bread, as I'm always trying to make it better. It calls for 4c of ap flour, and uses honey rather than white sugar (there is no milk in it). I also use refined ...