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Questions tagged [bread]

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

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Sourdough starter lifeless after refrigeration

I live on the equator, so its humid and warm all year round. I was trying to get my own sourdough starter. It all went well, and at day 2 and 3 it was rising so much (more than twice!) and the mix was ...
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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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Premix process or methods in commercial bakery [closed]

Can anybody provide the premix process regarding commercial bakery chain? what are the ingredients included in the premix?
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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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How much honey to preserve bread? [duplicate]

I have a bread recipe that calls for 8% sugar. I'd like to use honey so that the bread doesn't go stale quickly. How much honey do I need to use in a bread recipe to retard the process of bread going ...
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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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Tunnel of Dough [duplicate]

Why does my loaf of white bread have a doughy tunnel in the middle. Ive used the same recipe for 18 years and all of a sudden I'm having this result. HELP!! Ive done the following to troubleshoot ...
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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 ...
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Oven temperature when increase bread recipe?

I increased my bread recipe by 50% to get a larger loaf. I used the oven temp for the original (smaller) loaves I baked consistently with success in the past.After the same baking time the center ...
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How does the viscosity of honey affect bread machine results?

The first time that I used this blueberry oatmeal bread machine recipe, I used honey that was liquid at room temperature. The second time, I used honey that was solid at room temperature. In order to ...
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Too much Baking Soda in Banana Bread

I accidentally put in banana bread 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda instead of 3/4 tsp of baking soda. Is it going to be edible?
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How can I save bread from mildew? [duplicate]

Because of mildew we waste breads. How can I save breads from mildew?
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How do I know that the quantity of salt is enough for a given amount of flour? [duplicate]

When making bread during Ramadan, I can't taste the flour. Is there a known ratio of salt to flour when making bread?
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Can I make a gluten free sourdough bread?

I have tried making sourdough starters from gluten free flours directly but get very little activity. If I use the potato starter recipe to make my sourdough starter, can I use gluten free flour and ...
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what is a required temperature of water for foaming of yeast??

What is the exact temperature of water for the foaming of yeast while baking because when i use cold it is does not activated similarly on hot water.
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Help with hand tossed pizza dough (like domino's)

I keep fresh dough ball in the refrigerator for 6 days to slowly ferment. I bake pizza in conventional oven at 245C for 6 minutes. On the 1st and 2nd days they bake perfectly, but I start to have ...
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ratio of non diastatic malt powder to one pound of flour.

So I have to make bagels tomorrow. For 50 lbs of flour the recipe calls for 2.5 lbs of this super bagel mix which my boss forgot to order. Tasting it its most likely salt sugar and malt...maybe ...
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Are these tiny white dots on my bread mold?

I've never seen mold look like this before. I've also never noticed these on my bread in the past. I Just bought this loaf of white bread two days ago so it should still be good although I can't find ...
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Cast Iron Bread Tin is Leaving Black Spots on Bread?

Im using cast iron baking tins for my bread recipe (just standard whole wheat flour, yeast, salt). I notice that after baking the bread it will have black spots on the bottom and sides. If I bake ...
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Sour Dough Wet Dough [duplicate]

I have made many loaves of bread, but I just got my starter done for my first Sour Dough loaf. I’m following a recipe to the letter, and am now in the kneading phase, my question is that the dough is ...
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soft then stiff baguette dough

I am trying to make baguettes. I didn't really follow any measurements, but my ingredients are: 1:1 all purpose and wheat flour, salt, water, instant yeast. I don't have a machine. I eyeballed the ...
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Bread crust separated from interior

I'm an amateur baker, been making bread weekly for about 9 months now, working out of Ken Forkish's "Flour Water Salt Yeast" cookbook mostly. I had something happen to my bread this week that I would ...
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Vinegar Smell from Sourdough Starter

I am in the process of creating my sour-dough starter. I've been mixing in water and "strong bread flour" around a 1:1 ratio (100g of each, slightly more water to make the mixture wetter). The ...
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What does sourdough starter REALLY need?

I have one of these fancy french baking books that says that the sourdough needs to be feed with a 2:1:3 ratio of water, starter and flour. But a lot of videos I see online basically just pour a ...
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Freezing bread, sliced or whole

I make bread once every 2 weeks for lunch. Is it best to freeze, them slice as quickly as possible and get back into the freezer. Or slice then freeze. Which one keeps it fresher?
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How to save a bread without enough water

I am ready to do the final rise before baking my bread and I realized I didn’t get the hydration up to where I would like it. Can I just knead the extra water in now? It’s a 1/2 whole wheat bread ...
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Over proofed dough still good?

I decided to make a 2.5kg sourdough to make bread and pizza out of it. I used the following formula: 76% hydration, 2% salt, 20% of starter (100%). I mixed the flour and water and let it autolyse for ...
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My bread recipe book isn't linear with its ingredients?

The book that came with my bread maker machine has bread ingredients and quantities in the back but I note that they aren't very consistent in terms of quantities. Take a look at this sourdough: I ...
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How could I split the proving and baking of bread over 8 hours plus?

I'd like to bake my own bread now and again, but timing things like proving and baking around a regular work day make it practically impossible. I'm not going to get up at 4am to make dough so it ...
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Freezing bread baked from frozen yeast bread dough

If I prepare yeast bread dough, freeze it after the 1st rising and shaping, then thaw it and let it rise again before baking, can I then freeze the cooked bread for later use? Or will it have less ...
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My mom says to knead bread doutgh after rising

My mom's bread making bread process is to let the dough rise before kneading. She mixes well, then lets the dough rise, about one hour. After that, she kneaded it briefly. Then immediately formed ...
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Can using a poolish or biga preferment help me make a less dense wholemeal bread?

I've taken up bread baking again recently, and I'm trying to improve my skills. One thing that still eludes me is how to get a less dense wholemeal loaf. I know that wholemeal breads are nearly ...
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Using Greek farina (cake flour) instead of yeast for making bread whilst combined with general puproce flour

I have some leftover general-puproce flour and some farina, because are leftover materials and I wanna use them both (in order to get rid of them, but not throw them away) I thought on making bread by ...