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Questions tagged [bread]

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

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Baking bread for how long [on hold]

Is 1 to 1 1/2 hours too long to bake 4-5 loaves and white bread at a time in a 375 degree oven?
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Egg YOLK replacement?

I am making an old family recipe for Easter Bread, but I would like to make a vegan version of it for a friend. The non vegan ingredients that the recipe calls for are: milk (substituting with ...
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What to do if bread dough became hard in the refrigerator

I kept bread dough in the refrigerator overnight covered with wet cloth. The next morning I noticed that my bread dough had become hard and caked up. Please help, what shall I do to soften it. What ...
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Why does my bread ferment in the middle?

I had been making bread reliably for a few years until we moved (from Sweden to Austria) six months ago. Suddenly, any loaf I make rots within a few days in the bread bin. Specifically, it goes soft ...
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Can I find out the caloric content of bread by dehydrating it?

If I microwave a piece of bread until all the water is evaporated and then weigh what is left, is the caloric content estimated by finding the calories in the same weight of flour?
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Subsituting mango puree for bananas in banana bread

I have some mangoes lying around the house that I am curious to use in a banana bread. Suppose I puree the mangoes and I have one banana. How much mango puree should I use to make a mango-banana ...
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Baking Bread in a Dutch Oven

Can I bake a regular loaf bread recipe in a Dutch oven? Do I need to change the temperature or time?
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Property of Bread Dough

I've been looking at the dough that Cinnabon uses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtTIS6apXIc. How would one describe the property of their dough? It almost looks like Play Doh, as if it were some ...
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Is no-knead bread method compatible with stretch and fold during the bulk rise?

Using the no-knead method (as decribed by Jim Lahey), instead of leaving the dough undisturbed during the initial fermentation period, would it be harmful to add in some stretch and folds to build ...
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Why refrigerate bagels after shaping dough?

I've noticed that recipes for bagels call for a refrigeration period after shaping. Why does it matter if the refrigeration is done after shaping? The shaped dough takes up more space in the fridge ...
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Why are croissants brushed twice with egg glaze?

What is it about croissants that requires two coats of egg glaze? All the recipes for brioche buns for example just require one coat before baking. With croissants all the recipes require a coat ...
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Are there disadvantages to storing bread in a vacuum box?

I love fresh bread, and when I buy it I store it at home in a plastic bag. After 2-3 days it has probably lost about 60% of its overall quality. I've been using some vacuum storage bags and found that ...
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Can I save an undercooked loaf of pumpernickel?

I made this pumpernickel recipe from YouTube (recipe below) and I think I underbaked it: it has a little of that unpleasant chalky taste of raw flour. Can I rescue this loaf or do I need to start ...
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Bread proofing times fridge versus room temp

I've recently started to try to make my own bread. I am starting with baguettes because they seem like a fairly straightforward kind to start with. Recipes I've seen online will either say to leave ...
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1 baking pan, dough for 2 loaves. What do?

I am making bread from this recipe for 2 loaves. The recipe calls for placing the dough in the baking pan and leaving it for 1 hour until the dough doubles in size (and contours itself to the pan). I ...
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Different sourdough starter behavior based on starter composition?

In general, what are the different "behaviours" of sourdough starter, based on their composition, all other things being equal?For instance a 100% white flour starter vs. 100% wholewheat flour starter ...
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How much yeast is “1 Large Yeast”?

This recipe for poppy seed rolls calls for 1 large yeast. How much yeast am I supposed to use? I usually see recipes measure it in teaspoons, but I can’t guess how much “large” is. I am also assuming ...
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How to apply ascorbic acid ppm in bread baking?

According to Effects of different doses of ascorbic acid on alveograph and bread making quality of wheat flour with average quality as starting material : the best dose of ascorbic acid that can ...
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Why are sourdough crusts thicker?

I'm used to the crust on sourdough bread being thick and chewy, but had always attributed that to the longer rise, and baking with steam, that one normally does with sourdough. However, this week I ...
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How to compensate for high altitude when baking bread in a bread machine?

I have heard that high altitude can create bad results when making bread in a bread machine. I live at 7,000 ft above sea level. If I bought a bread machine, is there some way to compensate for the ...
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Should I preheat glass and ceramic pans before baking bread?

I never bake a loaf of bread before and I would like to bake a no-knead bread. For your information, I have an electric oven, a glass and ceramic pans. Should I preheat the glass and ceramic pans in ...
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Stodgy crumpet-like crumb in overnight white

Over the weekend I made an overnight white loaf, methodology was something along the lines of the following: Activate yeast in water, mix with the bread until well incorporated. Leave for 30 minutes. ...
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Recreating a bread

I want to recreate a bread that we used to eat when I was a kid. The bakery is out of business (as of about 2 years ago), so I can't ask them for a recipe. It was called "Honey Wheat" bread, or ...
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Croutons from scratch?

All the recipes I've known for croutons required pre-made bread, fresh or old. Do restaurants always use pre-made bread as well? Is there ever a case for making croutons from scratch, and what would ...
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salamande(?): name of bread

Last weekend, I had a delicious bread, whose name was Sal-ra-man-d. Since English is not my native language, its name was written in non-english. It sounds like french. But I don't know its exact name....
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Banana bread edges are burnt, top and middle is underdone

I use a recipe from Food Network for banana bread, no modifications. I bake it in a glass pan which has a nonstick coating on it (I think it's an Anchor Hocking pan). Every time I make it, by the time ...
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When to add eggs in brioche?

I'm working on a brioche recipe and have added my eggs after autolyse. I think the dough struggled to develop its gluten, though it eventually got there after a very long kneading time. Should I ...
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My Challah is bland

I have recently started experimenting with baking breads: beer bread, focaccia, and most recently - challah. Problem: my challah came out rather bland. The recipe I used called for: 20 gram dry ...
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handling sticky bread dough

What is the best way to handle sticky "batard dough" to shape it before putting it in the oven? I have tried flouring my hands and the crust comes out too white. I have tried using cooking utensils ...
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Underside of dough in proofing basket pulls apart

When I form a loaf out of dough and put it upside-down into a proofing basket, the bottom of the loaf sometimes begins to pull apart from itself, as if the dough isn't sticking to itself as much as it ...
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Why does the water in the recipe for dough making not have a definite temperature or an advise about temperature?

The recipes lists 60 cc of milk and specifies 25 C in Summer and 45 C in Winter but for 150 mL of water it merely says lukewarm water. The recipe is in Japanese but I can understand it. The recipe is ...
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Is there a way to make this bread recipe's crust less crunchy?

This is a challah recipe I inherited: 1 cup warm water 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tbsp vegetable oil 4 1/2 cups bread flour 1 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp yeast Knead, let rise, braid, let rise, ...
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Does package yeast inhibit wild fermentation?

I baked my first “sourdough” boules today and there was zero detectable sour or tartness. After about day four of zero activity in my baby starter I added a packet of packaged yeast I bloomed ...
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My homemade sourdough bread tastes bitter after letting it stay for one day

I do sourdough bread at home, and through the process, I've tasted lots of not-yet-baked breads. Also, tasted someone else's sourdough bread, which was quite good. Now, I'm in the stage where I can ...
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What is the purpose and effect of using knuckles when kneading bread dough?

Some recipes specify that the baker's knuckles should be used when kneading the dough. What is the purpose and effect of using one's knuckles as part of the kneading process?
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Freeze dried blueberries vs frozen blueberries?

What can I substitute for freeze dried blueberries? Will frozen blueberries work? This is for a bread filling.
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How to “Sponge” in “Sponge and Dough”?

I'm trying to improve my bread making and have read about the sponge and dough method. From my understanding, I should use 20% to 30% of my flour for the sponge. To the sponge's flour, I should add ...
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How to spread dried blueberries evenly when using bread machine?

This blueberry oatmeal bread recipe says to add 2/3 cup dried blueberries to the bread machine at add-in time. When I just dump them in on top of the dough, they end up clustered at the bottom of the ...
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What is this bread making technique called?

I saw a video wherein a baker made a well in his flour, poured all the formula's water and yeast in the well, then let that sit for a while before proceeding with the rest of the incorporation of ...
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How to make rolls airier and crustier?

I'm working on a bread roll recipe that's 66% water (it's wet, but I'm still able to shape into rolls), 4% powdered skim milk, 1.8% ADY, 1.6% salt, 10% sugar, and 8% shortening. I divide the rolls ...
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How to use a preferment / poolish? Cake vs ADY?

I'm experimenting with a yeasted dinner roll recipe. I'd like to use a pre-ferment (poolish) to enhance the bread's flavor. According to https://food52.com/blog/17140-preferments-and-how-to-adapt-any-...
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What to look for in a thermometer for bread making?

I am trying make wholemeal bread for the first time. I will use the recipe on the back of the wholemeal flour. I don't have any measuring thermometer. It is Winter here and the kitchen might be at 10C....
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Quick breads in foil pans

When cooking quick breads in foil pans should they be placed on a cookie sheet or set on oven rack?
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Top of Dough “Cracked” During Cold Rise - is it bad?

I made a brioche/sweet dough and did a cold rise overnight. The risen dough had cracks at the top of it. See: Is this normal? Or symptomatic of a problem? I used a glass bowl and covered it with ...
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What happens to dough when sugar is added?

I've been experimenting with a brioche recipe. After mixing the first few ingredients (flour, liquids, etc.) and develop some gluten, I add the sugar per the recipe's instructions. At this point, it ...
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How much gluten for soft, airy, enriched dough?

I'm making brioche, which are turning out OK, but not at the softness/airiness that I want. I've been trying to research what exactly I need to do to improve the crumb structure to get to my desired ...
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Difficulty with frozen bread dough

My favorite yeast bread dough yields more rolls then my family can eat. I usually freeze it in quart-size Ziploc freezer bags. When I'm ready to bake a few rolls, I take a bag out, let it defrost ...
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Why slow ferment after shaping?

Many people say you have to slow ferment your bread after shaping to give it better flavor, but I can never understand that. Why not just slow ferment the whole batch then shape it when it is done ...
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How can we prevent the steaming of tiffin when we put chapatis in?

When we put hot chapatis in the tiffin (lunch box), the lunch box get steamed. The water from steam makes the chapatis soft and sticky. How can we prevent that from happening?
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Glucose in sweet bread?

I see glucose being used in cake to make them soft and moist. Now I'm wondering if glucose could have the same effect in bread. Can glucose be used in a brioche type bread? Perhaps as part of ...