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

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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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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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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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What are the best food or cooking analysts in the web? [closed]

I am looking for good sites that analyze well recipes and food cooking methods. The one I follow all the time is Kenji from Serious Eats, here is an example of burgers' analysis he does: ...
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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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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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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. ...
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What can I make a baking form from?

I'm looking for a way to make a precise form for baking bread in it. I have a gas-powered oven at home and I'd like to find an easy to shape material that could be used to make a complex form or parts ...
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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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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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Using Jaggery as Substitute for Sugar

I generally use jaggery instead of sugar in all my baking recipies from cakes to bread. I have not experimented enough to quantitate any difference in taste (basically experience with using sugar in ...
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Culturing Yeast in Dough

Can I culture yeast in dough without the dough going sour? I mean instead of adding new yeast everytime can I take a bit of raised flour and keep it for the next time? In this situation will the ...
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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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Yeast and Flour for Panasonic Bread Maker

I treated myself to a new Panasonic bread maker but since it is my first, I have a couple of questions. Also perhaps it is worth mentioning that I live in the UK. What type of yeast do I buy? There ...
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Cinnamon Roll Filling

There seem to exist two different camps of people when it comes to cinnamon rolls and their filling. Some say to use regular granulated sugar, cinnamon, and butter while the opposing view states that ...
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Should ciabatta sandwich rolls be dry and dense?

I found a recipe calling for ciabatta sandwich rolls. My supermarket sells these, baked in their bakery, however, I found this bread dry and dense, which I do not find appealing. Should this kind of ...
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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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When should food colouring be added to part of a batch of bread dough?

I recently made coloured swirled bread, in which different colours of dough (in my case a coloured and an uncoloured piece) were rolled together and baked in the same loaf to give an interesting ...
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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 factors that affect the chewiness, softness, moisture of bread based desserts like cinnamon rolls?

I made some cinnamon rolls the other day but the outside of the rolls are firm rather than soft after baking. What are the factors that affect the chewiness, softness, moisture of bread based desserts ...
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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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How to mix ingredients in bread machine?

Following the catalog instruction I simply put ingredients into bread machine. However, when I got the dough, it contained particles of yeast. Then, I decided to dissolve the yeast into water (as an ...
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How can I make fresh burger buns like Hardees?

I am pretty new to baking and having recently just come back from Saudi Arabia I was privileged to visit the Hardees food chain (non in the UK where I live) and fallen in love with their fresh baked ...
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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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Baking bread during the day

Why is it that bread made during the day is lighter than bread made in the early morning
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How do I eliminate Corn Meal “grittiness”?

I recently made some corn bread on my own from scratch for the first time. The flavour was perfect as was the general firmness/crumbliness of the bread. However, the corn meal in the recipe resulted ...
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What are the breads with big holes and small holes called?

What keywords should I search in Google or look for in recipe books when I need to bake a bread with big holes like this: For smaller holed breads is the name "sandwich bread" sufficient for ...
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Slow-fermented bread doesn't rise

I've tried the slow (or cold) fermentation method of baking bread at home and for the first time it turned out to be very nice. But ever since I use this method the dough just doesn't rise that much ...
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How do I make my sourdough bread dough stretchy and not have it tear?

I've been trying to make chewy sourdough bread and it's not going as planned. I read somewhere that if you mix and knead the bread a lot and avoid adding a lot of sugar and use a lot of water that ...
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Oven Spring when first stage of recipe includes a ten hour first rise

I am baking Swedish Limpa Bread. The recipe calls for mixing rye flour with a molasses/ anise seed, salt and water mixture and letting rise overnight or nine to ten hours. Does this exhaust the ...
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All my breads seem to taste and look the same

I have been working through a few different recipes from the bread bakers bible, and I can't seem to get the breads to differentiate. I am using the specified ingredients, and following the ...
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Challah rolls open up when baking in the oven

I cook Challah rolls very often. Sometimes it all goes great. Some other times I encounter an issue I cannot identify where it comes from. The baked challah roll comes rises in the oven and opens up ...
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What are “rye sours”?

Not the drink. I'm interested in making this bread: King Arthur Flour Caraway Rye. The recipe recommends the addition of vital wheat gluten or King Arthur's rye bread improver. This is how the King ...
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How do I make bread with LOTS of seeds?

A local bread shop cooks a loaf of bread that is packed with seeds, much more than a couple tablespoons. The seeds are mixed within the matrix of the bread, plus sprinkled on top and in the baking ...
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In my new mixer, my bread dough gets wrapped around the kneading hook. What should I do?

I just got a new stand mixer - a nice, heavy 500W mixer with a 5-liter bowl. Until now, I'd been making bread by hand and kneading it on the countertop. So the first thing I tried was using the mixer ...
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bread flour strength?

I know nothing about bread making and I'm a novice. I've got a new recipe that I really want to try, but it calls for bread flour and doesn't mention the bread flour strength. I have strong bread ...
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Can I use flavored beers in beer bread?

I'm making beer bread and only have blue moon or leineys lemon shandy. Would these work without a fruity flavor overpowering the bread?
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Can I make ciabatta with corn flour?

This is my ciabatta recipe: 4 cups flour 2 cups warm water 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon yeast Mix water and yeast Add flour and salt Stir into a heavy batter Set aside covered at least 8 hours Heat ...
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Why don't oyster crackers contain oysters?

I perused the ingredients list of a bag of oyster crackers and to my surprise they don't contain any oyster ingredients at all. Since then I have looked at a multitude of different variety of oyster ...
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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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Half and half bread, too salty and no salt?

In putting the ingredients into my bread machine the top came off of the salt. I scooped out as much as could but it still has too much salt. I started another batch with no salt. Do I thoroughly mix ...
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What edible solution can I cover bread in to make it waterproof?

My partner and I are working an entrepreneurial project for school, and we decided to make a sort of edible water bottle. We decided we would make it out of bread, which we would cover in some ...
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What is the purpose of sugar in baking plain bread?

My recipe says 1 tablespoon of sugar per loaf. This seems like too small an amount for flavor. The recipe is as follows: 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons active-dry yeast 1 tablespoon ...
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My hand mixer came with dough hooks, can I knead dough with it?

I bought a fairly inexpensive (<$50) hand mixer a while back, and when I was organizing the kitchen I came across a set of dough hook attachments for it. I thought dough was too heavy for a hand ...