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

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How to make Barley bread?

I started experimenting with baking using mixture of wheat and barley. The loaf was very tasty when made this way. Barley is one of the grains that has gluten. So is there a recipe for bread with ...
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What causes the crown of the bread to crack while it

What causes the crown of a bread loaf to crack as it bakes? I would like to prevent it.
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Does 100% rye sourdough bread always has sticky crumb (an inside)? How to make it less sticky to knife?

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 it normal? I tried to vary hydration ratio a bit, but it still ...
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How do I fix my dough after I did not activate the yeast properly?

This is my first time making anything using yeast, but I decided to try making Dominique Ansel's At-Home Cronut recipe. Everything was going fine, but I realized that I had bought rapid-rise yeast ...
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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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Can you warm biga in a microwave?

This might seem like barbaric question, but is it possible to bring refrigerated biga up to "frisky" temperature in a microwave, without damaging it? I'm too impatient to just let the warm room take ...
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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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Can I substitute a stainless steel pot for the traditional iron dutch oven?

I have very limited options in my kitchen, and while the dutch oven is the preferred method for getting an 'oven spring' while baking sourdough, I do not have a cast iron pot to do it. IF stainless ...
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*Cannot* get that “Oven Spring”

I cannot, for the life of me (no matter what recipe I try), ever get the bread to rise that last bit in the oven. It always falls a bit instead. It proofs nicely, but it just won't rise more in the ...
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Can I freeze my selfmade focaccia?

In my family I am well known for baking a great focaccia bread, but soon I won't be able to bake for some time, so my idea was to bake a big batch and put it into the freezer. Will that work or will ...
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How to get uniform bubbles in simple dutch oven bread?

I'm using the "Saturday White Bread" recipe from Ken Forkish's Flour Water Salt Yeast. I'm very happy with the results so far, except for the irregularity of the bubbles. Here's my loaf: For ...
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How to bake large batches of bread

I want to make a double or triple batch of of this Italian bread recipe that I have. It's for a bread similar to what they serve at Macaroni Grill. My problem is that I am using a pizza stone in the ...
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Bread dough doesn't keep its shape

I've just made some 50/50 loaves using a biga. The taste is quite good but I'd like the crumb to be more open. The biggest issue is that while raising the dough tends to "spread" rather than rise. ...
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How can I achieve large bubbles in my bread? [duplicate]

No matter what I do, my recipe produces bread that is pretty dense, I get none of those nice huge holes in the crumb. My recipe goes like this: 500g flour (300g wheat, 200g rye) 350ml water 2 tbsp ...
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How can I avoid my knife from “dragging” across my unbaked bread when making slashes to let steam escape while baking?

My slashes seem to be OK (not great) before I put the bread in the oven but never really open up during baking. I'm thinking the slashes aren't deep enough but since I use a no knead method, I'm ...
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Tartine + Sourdough Taste

I just moved to the San Diego area and began making my bread starter from scratch (it's 3 weeks old now) from the Tartine cookbook. I just made the country loaf and it rose perfectly and looks just ...
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Pitas are paper thin on one side

My problem is when the pittas do puff up, one side is paper thin, and tears easily when you try to put anything on it. Any tips?
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Hard dry crusts on frozen bread

I have always frozen my bread with no noticeable difference. Some fridge freezers seem to impart a stale freezer burn flavor to lots of things, but I've never had that issue. I'm guessing it has to do ...
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Why does my bread smell like vinegar?

I have some bread that should still be good for few days that now smells like vinegar. There is no mold, ect. on it that makes it look bad. It is store bought whole grain bread with some oatmeal, if ...
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Chalky smell in bread dough?

The last batch of challah (bread) that we made had a very chalky undertone and aftertaste. This time, the dough has a faint smell of the chalk (we didn't bake it yet). The flour has no odor and was ...
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What combination of flours can be used as a substitution to a bread flour?

Following is the list of flours that I can get hold of in India easily: Whole wheat flour Semolina flour Chickpea flour Maida Multi grain flour Corn flour Rice flour What can be the combination of ...
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My french bread dough did not rise on the second rise after forming the loaves

My dough looked great after the first rise. I punched down the dough and formed into long loaves and used a jelly roll pan, not loaf pans. They did not rise fully, I went ahead and baked them. The ...
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Do I cover a fermenting a bread starter

do I need to cover the jar that the fermenting bread starter is in? If so, cover with what?
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Additional Cooking Time When baking more than one loaf of quick bread

How much time would I need to increase cooking banana quick bread if I am cooking three loaves together. Time for one is 40 -45 minutes at 350 degrees. I am a baking novice. Advice would be greatly ...
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How do I make brown rice bread rise without any wheat flour?

My brown rice bread is not rising and I do not know if I am doing something wrong or if yeast does not work with brown rice flour. I baked brown rice bread in the following way: 600 g brown rice ...
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baking bread with all-purpose flour

I'm a bread-baking novice and have acquired a vast quantity of all-purpose flour. If I follow a typical bread recipe, for example one of these, but use all-purpose flour instead of the recommended ...
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Do bakeries generally knead dough for bread by hand or use a machine?

Question is in the title - if anyone has experience working in a bakery that would be great. Thanks!
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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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My flatbreads are still doughy inside after cooking?

So I am making basic flat breads using flour, water, oil, salt and spices. I kneaded the dough for 5 mins and rested it for 15. I then rolled them out really thin and cooked on a super hot griddle, ...
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What can I do to prevent big holes in the bottom of bread loaves?

Can you give me any ideas to control this type of hole in bread?
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Can I make sourdough starter with raw potatoes?

Looking at different websites I found sourdough starters using potatoes instead of wheat or rye. They all used cooked mashed potatoes. I wonder if it is possible to just grate raw potatoes or other ...
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Does preferment add sourness to taste of bread?

I have made bread using both sponge and preferments. The sponge bread does not taste as sour as preferment bread. Does preferment add sourness to taste? What other flavors can we expect? What can I ...
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Why do you need to refrigerate bread dough overnight?

I'm making a no-knead bread (actually my very first time making bread!) and right after mixing the dry ingredients with water, it's supposed to sit for a couple hours to rise and then be placed in the ...
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What should I cover bread dough with while it's rising?

If you let (bread) dough rise, the recipe always asks to cover it. Years ago, I read to cover it with a wet towel. Nowadays, I see more and more recipes that ask for plastic wrap (aka saran or cling ...
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What to do about yeast that doesn't work?

I am using a new container of yeast from the store; I keep it well-sealed (it's a small jar) and refrigerated. I make sure to use warm water in bread recipes - I check the temperature using a ...
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Can I make my own bread-machine flour?

The flour that we used to use in our bread making machine is called Strong White Flour - and has recently doubled in price. I'm not happy paying double what I used to for it, but don't want to ...
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Does injera require a starter?

I want to make Ethiopian injera bread at home, but the recipes I've seen are inconsistent about whether a bread starter is needed. Do I need to use a sourdough starter? Can I use baker's yeast, or ...
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What characteristics should a bread peel have?

A peel is the utensil used to transfer loaves into the oven: Image source: Wikipedia I've done a couple of them using some wood boards I had on hand. I made them for a home electric oven. But now I'm ...
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When you try to “catch” yeast from the air: is it normal for the flour and water to split

I'm trying to "catch" wild yeast for the first time. 36 hours ago I mixed a cup of flour and a cup of water and left it out on a shelf with a paper towel over the top. It's been between 45 and 70 ...
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Moldy Home Made Bread [duplicate]

I have a wonderful bread maker that makes a 2-lb. loaf of bread. I use bread bags to store it. It always gets moldy by day 3. I use honey in my recipe instead of sugar, which I'm told is a ...
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Will my results differ when using a sourdough starter vs poolish for pizza dough?

I've read about differing techniques for getting the best flavor, texture, and chewiness in my pizza crust. One of the commonly suggested routes is to include a sourdough starter as part of the ...
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Is this yeast classed as instant yeast?

I want to do this recipe which contains these ingredients for the bread part.. 250g/9oz strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting 5g salt 8g instant yeast 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter, softened, ...
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Low Hassle, Knead-Free Doughs

I wanted to try creating a type of curry filled pastry, but I am curious if there are any good doughs I could utilize that don't need the large waiting times/kneading/rising that most bread recipes ...
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Is there anything I can add to homemade bread to preserve it?

I love making our own bread - we rarely buy shop bought, but it tends to go off very quickly. Part of the appeal is that it doesn't have any "junk" in it - artificial preservatives - which I'm sure ...
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Adding things to sourdough starter culture,

I am interested in this site's members' opinions on how adding two spoons of sugar and two spoons of honey would affect a sourdough culture. I am wondering if adding sugar and honey to the starter ...
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Is sourdough actually sour?

Why is sourdough called 'sourdough'? Is it because it is sour to the taste, or for a different reason?
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Bread with no salt

I've been doing a lot of yeast bread baking as of late and I got to wondering what the salt in the bread was for. Upon doing some research it turns out (aside from perhaps some flavor) the purpose is ...
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Adding Pulses (Legumes) in Powder Form to Bread

I would like to add powdered pulses (dried and ground) to the bread flour and experiment on the flavour of bread. Does anyone have any experience with this? Will fermenting the powdered pulse (with ...
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Why is my bread dough sticky?

I'm been making this Japanese bread "Melon pan" many times and it had been success.Then my brother told me to add more sugar to make it more sweet. Try adding little at first, the bread still taste ...
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Using low oven temperature to accelerate proofing

During wintertime it is often cold enough in my apartment that proofing takes much longer than in summer. I'd like to use my oven to create a warmer environment, in which the dough would rise faster. ...