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

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How to get a sourdough like effect without the hassle of a real sourdough starter?

I enjoy making bread, but the bread I make using standard yeast of course lacks that sourdough taste. But the process of making and maintaining a sourdough starter frankly requires a bit too much ...
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What is the easiest way to measure bread's rising?

How can I easily measure the volume of my bread as it rises? I usually eyeball it or test for feel, but this isn't very accurate, and definitely isn't getting the full rising potential out of it. ...
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Would honey and molasses be liquids or sugars in a bread formula?

If 60-85% is the percentage range for the liquid amount in a bread formula, and 0-10% for the sugar amount, my question would be if you are using honey and molasses in the formula would they be ...
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Bread dough only rises once

I'm new at baking bread but had a very experienced coach. The dough rises well one time but very little the 2nd time. If I put the dough into the baking pan to rise I get a good result, meaning it at ...
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Can you make sourdough starter without throwing any away?

I'm curious if you can make the sourdough starter by adding flour to it, in a sense doubling the volume each time. So many recipes I see in books and online require you to throw almost half of it in ...
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How much “alternative” flour can I substitute for white wheat flour?

Most of the bread and bagel recipes I use (such as no-knead bread) call for only white wheat flour. I'd like to integrate other flours (such as whole wheat, flaxseed, and buckwheat) into the recipes. ...
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How much dough will I need in order to fill a loaf tin?

I'm going to be making a loaf of bread in a 900 g tin (11" x 4.5" x 4" deep). What is the total weight of the dough I will need (when mixed) for a tin this size?
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Why is my bread falling flat?

I've tried baking bread several times and I seem to always have the same problem. The dough seems fine, until I shape it and let it rise a second time, and then when it rises, instead of forming a ...
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What is an 8.5 x 4.5in bread pan in UK lb based pan sizes?

An American relative has asked for an 8.5x4.5in bread pan for Christmas, but UK pan sizes are by weight: 1lb loaf, 2lb loaf, etc. How much dough would you put into an 8x4 (or 8.5x4.5) pan?
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How do I deal with a really wet, messy dough?

I have been experimenting with bread recently and today made some really basic white bread with this recipe. I found that the dough was really messy and sticky, so I ended up using quite a bit of ...
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How can I score wet bread dough more easily?

I've noticed that it is dramatically easier to score firm bread dough than wet bread dough. But, sometimes it's good to work with a wet dough for other reasons. Any tips on how to score wet bread ...
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Why did mold develop on the top of my sourdough?

I made some sourdough starter from scratch, using garden grapes, flour and water. It was wonderful for the first few batches. Today, I was going to get another bread batch going, and when I looked ...
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Is there a reason to NOT use no-stick spray (Pam) for handling dough?

I've just started branching out into the more interesting and challenging breads. I'm not particularly skilled at handling dough and I don't have great coordination in my hands. To avoid using too ...
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When should I knead with oil and when with flour?

I have been experimenting with making bread and pastries and have tried kneading with both oil and flour. I have found that I tend to use flour with bread and yeast based loaves and oil with pastry ...
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What is the puffy bread shown in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

My son is infatuated with the movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," and there's a delicious looking bread shown in a breakfast scene. It looks like a giant popover about the size of Dick Van Dyke's head ...
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Azuki Bean Substitute for Anpan

I want to try to make anpan and I was planning to use this recipe for koshian for the anpan's filling. However, I do not have access to azuki beans. Is there another bean that I can use as a ...
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Safety of Egg Yolk Glaze

Yesterday I baked a special loaf of bread with an egg yolk glaze. After it was mostly cooled I covered it with plastic wrap and set it on the counter to be served today. I am now concerned that I ...
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delaying moldy bread

I always keep bread around, home-made or otherwise. Is there a way to keep it from molding, or at least delay the process? I've tried the fridge with some success (extra day or two), but I don't ...
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How can I prepare bread dough to be cooked the next day?

I'd like to make some fresh bread for breakfast tomorrow, but don't particularly want to wake up at 5am to mix and prove the dough. How could I make the dough tonight so that I could just throw it in ...
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Is my biga supposed to be liquid?

I'm trying my hand at Ciabatta bread and have just made the biga in preparation for making the bread tomorrow. I followed this recipe, which calls for the following proportion of ingredients for ...
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How does tangzhong (water roux) make bread softer?

As I understand it, tangzhong in relation to bread making is an Asian technique in which a portion of the flour in the recipe is pre-cooked with water to make a roux, before being cooled and added to ...
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Can soda bread be successfully frozen, either baked or in dough form?

I have to cook for one and soda bread is better for my diet. Can it be frozen once baked, or in dough form so that I don't feel I have to pig out!?
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Prebaking bread, which internal temperature would you go for?

I've made a batch of Dutch Stollen and I want to pre-bake them in the oven and keep them in the freezer. I was thinking of baking them to 70ºC internal temperature. The yeast should be dead by then, ...
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How can you tell whether bread dough is ready for baking?

I've tried to make a special bread for making 'torrijas', the Spanish version of French toast. Very popular during easter, here. Twice, the bread didn't rise correctly in the oven, even after ...
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How can you know that your bread is done?

Most bread recipes give an estimate to how long that bread must bake. However, I find it hard to check whether it's done or not. I don't have a thermometer, and I don't think the toothpick trick works ...
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Why do some recipes recommend a short rest after mixing but before kneading the bread?

Some recipes I see for bread dough recommend a short rest between the mixing (just enough to make the ingredients homogeneous) and kneading stage - often 10 to 30 minutes. The dough seems to be a ...
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How can I bake bread using a mother culture?

If I want to make bread using a 'mother' culture what do I need to do? How do I go about starting the 'mother'? How should I keep the 'mother' going? and how do I use the mother in my bread? What ...
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Powdered Goat Milk in Bread?

A lot of my favorite bread recipes call for powdered milk (cow's milk). Particularly in some of the tangier breads, it would seem that goat's milk might be really tasty. Is there anything I should ...
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Why didn't my brioche rise?

This weekend I attempted to make this recipe for brioche. I did the first step and combined the the milk, yeast, 1 egg and 1 cup of flour which caused very big clumps and then I added the sugar. I ...
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Why baste bread with cornstarch?

In this sourdough recipe, it suggests basting the bread with a cornstarch slurry. I would assume this is meant to promote crust development, but how does that work? I usually see such a slurry used to ...
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are there any appliances that can automate feeding of sourdough starter?

I am a pretty busy person, and the last two times I've started a sourdough starter, I've ended up forgetting to feed it, and it went bad. I never got anything good out of it, but there were times ...
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Why do crisp bread rolls have more water than soft bread rolls?

I was wondering why my recipe for crisp bread rolls needed more water than soft bread rolls.
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bread sticky after baking

I hope someone has an answer. Although I have been baking 2 or 3 loaves a week for 4 years using a breadmaker, and I haven't recently changed my flour mix or any ingredient proportions, my last 3 ...
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Does 100% rye sourdough bread always have a sticky crumb? How do I make it stick to the knife less?

Every time I make a 100% rye sourdough, it sticks to the knife when I cut it even after letting it sit for a day before cutting. Is this normal? I have tried to vary the hydration ratio a bit, but it ...
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How can I make the exterior of my croissants less hard and more flaky?

My croissants look good and they taste fine but they have an extremely flaky/hard exterior, it is like a biscuit even though they are light in weight and have the bee caves inside as supposed. I would ...
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How can I reduce the amount of hooch my sourdough starter is making?

Sometimes my sourdough starter goes hooch (the brown liquid, alcohol) nuts and produces a ton. Other times it goes days and produces very little. I've never been able to isolate what causes this. ...
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How much calcium propionate should I use as a bread preservative?

Love to bake homemade whole wheat bread, but after a few days it becomes moldy. No refrigerator, nor freezer available. I understand that calcium propionate is a safe preservative, but don't have any ...
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Safety of room-temperature soaker from Reinhart's *Whole Grain Breads*

One of the “tricks” used in Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads is to soak various whole grains in water, at room temperature, for 12–24 hours. For example, in his “Multigrain Stuan” formula, he calls ...
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How can I modify corn bread recipes to accomodate a wet filling?

I am hoping to make dough cups using a corn bread style dough. My approximate recipe would be, presumably, to par-bake initially, then fill with a pot pie style liquid/solid mixture, top with a corn ...
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Why did my chocolate chip banana bread split?

Usually, I mix the butter and sugar first, then add the banana mashed with a little milk, and I put dry ingredients in last. But this time I put the baking powder with the butter and sugar and egg ...
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How to store homemade bread?

I made a bigger batch of bread than I was initially planning on, and I don't want it to go bad before I get a chance to eat it. Having it go stale isn't an issue (french toast, bread pudding), but ...
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Can I refrigerate bread dough after the first rise and bake it later?

I do not have enough time to bake my bread. Can I refrigerate it or let it sit on the counter and bake it later in the day?
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Suggestions for Brie + Bread + Preserves

I've now tried two different types of Brie cheese from my grocery store. The first was a triple cream version which was very mild and nice. The second was a "Rich and Buttery" (whatever that is ...
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What would be the effect of doubling the egg in this bread?

A lot of my bread recipes are for two loaves, I never want two loaves, I usually barely make it through one. I like this recipe a lot: • 3/4 cups warm water (170g) (110 degrees) • 1.875 cups ...
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How to make bread mould resistant?

With the bread I bake, they become mouldy within two weeks. With the bread I bought from the supermarket, usually whole wheat, I would have the loaf gradually consumed and by the 6th week, it would ...
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What can I do to keep high hydration dough from sticking to my hands?

Whenever I try to knead (by hand) or move after kneading, a high hydration dough like ciabatta, it sticks to my hands terribly and often seems ruin any shaping I try. I've tried flour on my hands, ...
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How can I make my banana bread more moist?

I've followed lots of standard recipes online, and the result is always more cake like: dark on the outside white and dryish in the middle. When I go to the store and buy it it's always dark and ...
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the yeast wont rise in my bread machine

I have a bread machine and when i follow the recipe putting boiling water, sugar, one packet of yeast, then let if foam for 15 minutes the yeast still isn't rising. What should do differently?
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I added more water to my ciabatta dough by accident

I just realized that I added about 4 cups of water to 4 cups of flour for my ciabatta dough. It only calls for 2 cups, but I added 4 for some reason. It’s been rising for a bit over 4 hours and there ...
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Can I salvage an uncooked bread?

I made pan de muerto roughly following this recipe. I put the breads in the oven (made 3), took them out and let them cool completely. Today (the morning after), I cut into the first one and see that ...