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

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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. ...
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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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Old bread becomes sticky

Sometimes white bread, while initially fine, after a few days becomes sticky inside as if its going back to a dough-state, though not quite. The taste also becomes odd. Does anyone understand what ...
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What salt should I use in a bread machine recipe?

I've got a big book of bread machine recipes that does a really good job breaking down what ingredients perform what actions in the whole baking process and how modifying the recipe will change the ...
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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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Impossible to manage sticky dough

Even after finding many people with my same problem and some nice answers, nothing really works. I have watched many youtube tutorials on how to handle and shape sticky dough but believe me, I have ...
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How does commercial whole grain bread stay fresh for so long?

Every recipe I have tried the bread turns very hard within an hour of baking, and I'd like something I could eat over the course of a couple days (breakfast toast and such). The 100% whole wheat bread ...
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Help with sourdough bread

I've been experimenting with whole wheat sourdough bread for a few weeks now. My starter uses T110 wheat flour at 100% hydration, and bubbles nicely. I make the bread using: 1.5c T150 wheat flour, 1....
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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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Baking bread … without crust?

My fiancee doesn't like to eat the crust of bread. I like to bake bread. But she ends up cutting off like half of each piece in the process of de-crust-ifying it. What are some suggestions to make ...
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Question on yeast quality?

I'm about to buy some ingreadients for a bread recipe which calls for quick yeast. I looked up some info and basically it looks like quick yeast is instant yeast, so first off if I could get a ...
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How do you raise your dough in cold seasons?

It is winter down here in Australia and I find it challenging to find a warm spot to raise my bread dough. What I have been doing is placing the dough in the oven (not switched on) with a pot of hot ...
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Why does my bread keep 'blowing out'?

Instead of swelling as a whole loaf, my loaf will often expand in the oven off to the side or the bottom - looking 'blown out', a big tear. This results in a loaf that leans to one side, doesn't rise ...
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Low sodium French Bread or Baguette

Is it possible to make low sodium French Bread or Baguettes? My husband is on a low sodium diet and will only eat French Bread. I know there is a relationship between yeast and salt.
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Flies in my bag of bread - bad bread?

I just bought a loaf of sliced bread from the corner store (couldn't make a trip to the grocery store today) and when I opened the bag, there were two tiny flies in it, still alive. The flies have ...
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12-hour fermentation makes dough wetter

After bulk fermentation of my dough for 12 hours, I find that the dough is too wet or sticky. Should I bulk ferment for a shorter period of time, and retard it in the refrigerator? I'm currently ...
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yeast substitutes and proper measurements

I was wondering if I could get some advice as I have intolerances to yeast and have heard of a few substitutions from: baking soda, baking powder, lemon juice, milk and yogurt. The question comes to ...
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Prefermenting the whole sourdough rye bread

Why is it recommended to preferment only a portion of the dough required to make a sourdough rye bread? What can go wrong if I preferment the whole batch? My current knowledge is that it should only ...
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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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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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Could B.Subtilis ssp. mesentericus develop in proofing stage?

My last breads suffer from B.Subtilis ssp. mesentericus infection - the bread became sticky in hours and apparently ill. I exchanged the flour, performed cleaning and cleansing but still the disease ...
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Why are store bought paninis only par baked?

I bought some mini paninis from the super market and the packet had instructions to bake them again for another 5-6 minutes before serving. Why are paninis sold par baked and not completely baked like ...
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What is the difference between making French baguettes and US style baguettes?

I have noticed that there is a large difference between French baguettes with chewy crust and consistent airy and chewy inside. Baguettes in the US are a different type. I am referring to the ones I ...
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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 can I put a hot dog in a bun without splitting the bun?

I have some store-bought, pre-slit hot dog buns. They are a little brittle, and if I open the slit wide enough to take the hot dog, the bun splits in two. I've tried using my toaster oven to warm the ...
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Under-watered bread dough: specific effect?

I would like to ask what would be the difference between a bread dough that had a sufficient water component, vs a bread dough that wasn't sufficiently moisturized, in terms of the end result baked ...
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How do I keep the paddle of a bread machine from damaging the bread upon removal?

I love my bread machine. However when the bread is done baking, removing it from the machine breaks the bread where the paddle is. I know the paddle is embedded in the bread and it will break the ...
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Is it possible to bake bread or the like using a stovetop tagine?

I have a Moroccan style tagine, and I usually use it on the stovetop. The recipes or guidelines I have found for baking bread in a tagine usually depend on using it in an oven - something that is ...
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Why does frozen bread sort of taste different?

If I buy a packet of bread: And put it in the freezer, in it's packet, when I take it out to defrost it tastes different, sometimes drier as well. Why is this? I would of thought moisture would ...
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Which bread keeps the longest?

I want to buy the type of bread which last longest. It should be toastable, so no zwieback and other dry types. Which is the best bread for this purpose? Is the standard toast slices or loaf of bread ...
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Milk in fermented bread dough

I would like to ask if the role of milk in bread dough fermentation, is to increase the population of microorganisms similarly present in sourdough bread? If so, can it be said that this kind of bread ...
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What's the difference in baking bread in a loaf pan vs. in a Dutch oven?

When I bake bread, I always use my loaf pan. Recently, I've seen some people who bake bread in a Dutch oven (or something similar). Why is this? What are the differences between the two?
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Use foil as dutch oven lid for loaf pan

Can I lay foil over the dough in a loaf pan, to contain moisture like a dutch oven? I've practiced using cast iron dutch oven baking, but this time I would like to use a loaf pan, so I can cut the ...
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How do I prevent burning the bottom of the bread when cooking over a campfire?

Over the weekend I took my dutch oven and tried to bake bread over the campfire. I had two problems, one was getting enough heat. That is really my problem and I just lowered the grate over the fire ...
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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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Surfaces for bread making

I am a home artisan baker, and am looking to build a table for myself to do folding/dividing/shaping of my bread doughs. I usually work with wet doughs (78%-95% hydration) that stick to the surfaces ...
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What happens if bread is made with sparkling water?

I am making a white bread with 500g regular flour, about 300g water, sourdough starter, yeast and salt. It will rest and raise some time before being baked. Pretty basic. Now I was wondering, what ...
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I don't have a large cutting board, but I do have a large table with a wood top

So I want to start making bread, specifically, brioche. But I don't have a large wooden cutting board. I do, however, have a table with a wooden top. Are there any consequences(negative ones of ...
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How to increase oven spring? [duplicate]

I would like to ask if making a moister/wetter dough will promote oven spring? Since the presence of steam helps oven spring, I wonder if adding water will aid this. However I also know that too much ...
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Are the NAAN flatbread {from simply chef} ok to eat without warmed up in the microwave or oven?

So I was getting something to eat. I didn't think they had to be warmed up. So yea is it safe to do that.the ingredients are enriched wheat flour, wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron,enzyme,ascorbic ...
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How can I keep the shape of my free-form bread dough when it is rising?

I have been trying to bake my own Italian bread, French bread and Rolls. I have found many tasty recipes but I keep having the same problem so I'm guessing it's my technique somewhere. Please advise ...
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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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Why is butter incorporated into the dough last when making Brioche?

I made Brioche for the first time tonight using the Rich Man's Brioche recipe from Reinhart's Bread Baker's Apprentice. The recipe basically leaves out the butter until the very end when the dough is ...
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What's the intrinsic advantage of using a dutch oven? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing a no-knead, straight-to-the-oven technique for bread making. The style of my bread is a plain boule, formed and proofed over an oven tray, sprinkled with a bit of water, and ...
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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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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 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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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 what'...