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

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“Acetone” smell on bread

I sometimes buy a brand of multi-grain salt-free bread *. After 2-3 days, it gets a very distinct smell of acetone, like paint stripper or nail polish remover. If I toast the bread, the smell goes ...
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How to replicate this bakery's bread

A local bakery is going out of business and they sell the most delicious bread. The pretzel bread is my favorite. All of their loaves tend to be heavy and dense, they stand up well to slicing, and the ...
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does bread have alcohol in it?

According to wikipedia, the byproducts of yeast fermenting (like done in baking it says) are carbon dioxide and alcohol (not necessarily ethanol -- the kind you can get drunk on). If that's the case, ...
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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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How long can rye bread last?

A while ago, I obtained, on a Friday afternoon, a bag of pareve rye bread from the supermarket. The ingredient listing was: high gluten flour, rye flour, water, yeast, salt The bread was also ...
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Can I use amaranth flour or another flour as a substitute for white flour?

I am trying to make a healthier tortilla, which I have always made with all-purpose white flour. Is there another grain flour I can use that will produce a tastier and healthier tortilla, and still ...
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Baking bread in smaller pans bake time question

I usually bake my bread in loaf pan size 7/3.5 depth 2"and bake for 60 Min. I have to make a large number of loaves so will use pan size 5 3/4 x3 x 2 1/8 so how do I adjust for the cooking time or ...
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Create my own high-gluten flour by mixing vital wheat gluten and bread/AP flour?

Has anyone had success with giving their bread or all-purpose flour an extra gluten kick by adding vital wheat gluten? I would like to know what ratio to mix the the two ingredients with, or perhaps ...
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Can you mix Red Onion chutney into bread?

I was thinking about making some bread today, and I have some leftover red onion chutney. I was wondering if it would be nice to mix the chutney into the bread dough, and then bake it. If so, would I ...
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Could malt used in bread show up as dark brown “grains” in the finished loaf?

I get my daily brown bread from a bread outlet down the street. In the last two weeks I found, more than once, torpedo-shaped dark brown objects, approximately the size of a swollen grain of rice in ...
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What can I do with a failed bread?

So I attempted my first loaf of bread tonight and I blew it. It's flat and way wide (I tried a free pan loaf). It's about 2 inches tall and very spongy. It has roughly the consistency of a corn ...
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During, the bread making process what does oil do? [duplicate]

You would not believe how hard it is to find the answer to this question. Please can someone answer it as I need help!
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What is the purpose of oil or butter in bread?

Specifically in wheat and potato breads, what is the purpose of adding oil or butter to the dough? I have always assumed it was just for flavor, but I suspect there is some background chemical ...
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How to modify a quick bread recipe to add spice / tea flavors?

I have a trusty pumpkin bread that I make countless loaves of every year. My wife and I love Chai Tea and I was curious how one could go about adapting the linked recipe above to include Chai spices ...
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How to fry tortillas for poori?

Whenever I deep fry tortillas to use as poori (as in halwa poori) it becomes very crispy and hard. I want to know how can I keep ot soft? I use uncooked tortillas. Thanks
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How to convert a recipe calling for active dry yeast into rapid rise yeast?

I have a recipe for rolls where the first stage calls for 2 packages active dry yeast, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1/2 cup warm water to be mixed until the yeast is proofed, and then 1/4 cup cubed butter is ...
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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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Effects of elevated storage temperature on bread quality

It's pretty well-known and scientifically established that rather cool temperatures are bad for bread: putting your bread in the refrigerator will tend to dry it out and accelerate chemical reactions ...
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Bread and using a proofer

I have a bread proofer machine and would love to make Sourdough bread. I have no idea if I'm supposed to use active yeast or follow a recipe that calls for basic Sourdough Starter, and if so, what ...
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Why does commercial brown (whole wheat) bread taste bitter?

I use this flour for making parathas: Pillsbury Chakki Fresh Atta (whole wheat flour) This is whole wheat flour. The parathas never tasted bitter. Is the commercial whole wheat bread made of this ...
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Could I use beer instead of/as well as water in my sourdough?

The sourdough recipe I use calls for 300ml of water to 500g of bread flour (along with the starter). Instead of this water, could I use beer - or a combination of beer and water? The reason I thought ...
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Using fresh compressed cake yeast in bread machine

While using compressed cake yeast in bread machine it rises well for the first rise but on the second rise it does not rise well and I get a deep concave surface , I typically add 3x the dry yeast ...
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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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Quick-cooking vs. regular oats for bread

I've got a bread-machine recipe for oatmeal bread that calls for either quick-cooking oats or regular oats. Is there a reason to prefer one over the other?
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What's the purpose of a bread box?

For some reason I always thought bread boxes were supposed to be wood, and that some property of wood helped keep bread fresh. Like a cigar box, perhaps. But after looking for a bread box, I see ...
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What happens to bread dough when you put it in the oven?

I ask this question because I see there are a lot of misconceptions all over the internet and different food websites' forums.
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Difference between fermentation and leavening?

What is the technical difference between fermentation and leavening? Both cause bread to rise. Does fermentation only refer to the chemical process of one substance converting to another, which ...
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What is 'Bread Improver'?

I purchased a bread maker years ago and am happy with the bread I make with it. I was at a cooking supply store and saw Bread Improver for sale in a jar, apparently for bread makers. What is it? Does ...
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How can I modify my banana bread recipe to make cookies from it?

I love banana bread but it is troublesome to find a proper container to store it or even a bag big enough. For that reason and also for convenience, I would like to try to use the banana bread recipe, ...
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Why let dough rise twice?

I'm just wondering, what's the point of letting dough rise twice? I've seen a bunch of recipes in the form: Mix dough together and knead Let it rise Knead again Let it rise again Why do they do ...
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Whole Wheat Breads Dough Conditioner

I do a lot of cooking with 100% freshly ground whole wheat, and have noticed that it often is not very well conditioned. For example: My whole wheat tortillas are never flexible, even when I ...
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Using Italian Bread for French Toast?

Would this be weird? The bread says it has garlic but that's the only "Italian" ingredient I see.
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Countering the oven spring, on purpose

In Maggie Gleer's Artisanal Baking, there is a recipe for a focaccia-style rosemary bread (ACME's herb slab). The dough is fortified with oil, and spends a long time proofing. the recipe then goes ...
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What is Balkan bread?

A few years ago, I went to a restaurant on the water in Tel Aviv-Yafo called Manta Ray. They served this most exceptional bread they called Balkan bread. It reminded me a little of a focaccia in ...
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Bread has tough, crunchy crust but is underbaked in the middle - how to fix?

I've been attempting to make white bread using a recipe from my grandmother. However, since she used to bake this bread every weekend and could probably have done it in her sleep, when she wrote down ...
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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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Are the rolls at 'Ryans' or 'Golden Corral' a style of bread?

I've been looking for a recipe online to replicate the rolls you'd find at a 'Ryans' or 'Golden Corral'. I've tried several that sound promising, only to have them turn out tasting like another type ...
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How long can I keep bread dough in the refrigerator?

If I've made some dough and want to bake it later, how long can I store it in the refrigerator? Do I need to do anything special to make that work out? Are there any types of bread it won't work well ...
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why does toast smell and taste different than bread?

Besides the obvious fact that toast has less moisture due the toasting process, how is it different than regular bread? Why does bread taste different in toasted form than it regularly does?
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What additions can I make to my basic white bread recipe to increase its fiber content?

These are my ingredients for a one-loaf white bread recipe: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup milk 4 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp sugar 1 1/4 tsp salt 1 packet active dry yeast I'd like to add an ingredient that ...
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Can barley flour be used as a substitute for barley malt extract?

A bread recipe is calling for barley malt extract and i dont have it.So can barley flour be used.
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How to heat up already baked french bread in oven to get a crispy crust

Where I live I do not have access to great quality bakery breads. Is there a way to heat up an already baked french sandwich baguette in oven to get a crispy outer texture? Water mist on top before ...
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How can I make proper sandwich slices of home-made bread?

I like baking my own bread and do it quite often, yet to fill our family lunch boxes we still resort to professional baked bread. The main and maybe the only reason is that we can't seem to slice our ...
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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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How can I make a super-thin, yet strong, calzone crust?

I am a relatively experienced amateur when it comes to making pizza, especially pizza doughs. I recently went to Italy and enjoyed some calzones with super-thin crusts. My standard recipe for a ...
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What are the advantages of “bathed” bread?

There is a technique of making bathed bread. For it, the dough is kneaded as usual, then shaped into a boule, bound in cheesecloth, and submerged in water for the first proofing. When it floats up, ...
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Is it important to knead biga/poolish?

I've never read a biga/poolish bread recipe that specifically mentions whether or not to knead the starter dough. Is it helpful to knead it, or is it not worth doing?
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When should I add proofed yeast to a bread machine?

I like to use proofed yeast when making bread. I want to use a bread machine but all the recipes call for adding dry yeast to the dry ingredients before adding the liquid. Since proofed yeast is ...
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Bread doesn't split at the score

I've got to the point where my bread springs beautifully (I can see it grow). Unfortunately, no matter how I score it, the score always spreads open gently, then hardens along with the rest of the ...