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

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Artisan donuts making [on hold]

Hello ive been working on a donut recipe for quite some time . I want that perfect bite and texture . Its usually too heavy or not soft enought how do i achieve the perfect artisan donut.
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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 ...
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Why is my gluten so weak?

I’ve been making sourdough bread regularly for over a year now. But since about half a year ago, the bread has consistently come out badly because the gluten doesn’t seem to develop properly: the ...
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Must bread dough clear the side of the mixer using the hook?

I can get it to clear just fine with the paddle, but I can't reliably do so with the hook attachment, even after ten minutes at the fastest setting. My flour is fairly strong, autolysed, and the ...
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The quest for the perfect croissant

I've been practicing baking croissants for a couple months now. I'm getting the hang of it (I feel) but I'm missing a crucial step that I cannot master and can't put my finger on how to fix it. I'll ...
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Why does storing bread in a plastic (grocery) bag keep it fresh longer?

I accidentally stumbled upon this 'trick' a week ago when I forgot about a baguette that I bought for a party and never used. It was half-covered (loosely) by a plastic grocery bag. When I took it out ...
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How do I follow a recipe if my oven doesn't go as high as the recipe states?

I want to bake bread. I found this recipe from Alex French Guy Cooking on YouTube.. His recipe says that the oven should be 250 degrees Celsius. My oven only goes to 220 degrees. I bought an oven ...
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Unpleasant crust on bread

I'm baking ~67% hydration bread, following this recipe Kvali food dutch oven bread. The bread is baked using a covered cast iron casserole dish heated to 250'c, and following the cooking times ...
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Not feeding sourdough starter enough?

I'm new to the whole baking thing, so I'm learning as I go along. In that regard, there may be a host of things wrong with my bread baking process, but I'm mostly curious at this point about my ...
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Substituting maple syrup for honey in bread

I've got the following recipe for a honey whole wheat bread-machine bread: 1-1/3 cups warm water 1/2 cup honey 3 tablespoons butter 2-2/3 cups whole wheat flour 1-1/3 cups bread flour 1-1/4 tsp salt ...
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Does teff flour destroy gluten, and what do do about it?

I like to add various different types of flour to bread when baking for sake of variety: Amaranth, Chickpea, Teff, Corn, Sorghum, etc. These all worked fine when I was using a bread machine. Now I ...
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Are there home bread machines that can make baguettes or boules?

The bread machines I have used create a cube-shaped loaf with a hole in one end. Are there home bread machines that can make bread in other shapes, such as a long baguette or round boule shape, ...
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In bakeries, what are the factors that make breads become hard?

If breads are reheated in a bakery, will this cause the bread to become hard?
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Kneading dough by hand

I don't have a bread machine or a mixer. Kneading dough by hand is a long and tiresome process. Are there any tricks to developing gluten?
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Why does this recipe call for so much yeast?

Kindred’s milk bread is delicious. (Here's an alternate link in case that link doesn’t work for you.) I’m curious though: the recipe calls for two tablespoons of yeast (for 5 cups of flour), more ...
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What's the function of acerola powder in bread?

While I was reading the ingredients list of a supermarket-bought bread (in the Netherlands) the other day, one of them caught my eye: acerola powder. I know acerola is a fruit with a high vitamin C ...
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Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate - Differences?

We use ascorbic acid to help keep our breads from molding over but we have now the option to use calcium propionate. I can't find much online to help distinguish the pros and cons of each of these ...
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Home-made Burger buns food safety [closed]

How can I make burger buns that I can keep for a long time? I have tried making some, but fungus starts growing on them after just two days...
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Why is tin loaf bread not usually scored like other forms of bread?

Here is what I already understand, Bread needs to be scored so that there a clear path out for the pockets of gas that will expand when heated up, if there is no scoring the gases will burst from a ...
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Why did flatbread dominate the Middle East but Europe adopted raised breads?

This may be a history question so please move it if appropriate. Culturally, local ingredients dominate cooking recipes and national dishes (e.g., soy in SE Asia), but why do Europeans add a raising ...
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Problem with bread taste and smell

Recently we've noticed a horrible smell coming from our bread. All the bread we have purchased , including hot dog and hamburger buns, have all not just smelled of a moldy, wet, rotton smell but also ...
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Can I use cilantro instead of basil on a bruschetta? [closed]

Ran out of basil at the last moment, can substitute the basil for cilantro? I know people will notice the difference but would still be acceptable?
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Heating part baked baguettes in lid-covered pyrex

Short question (TL;DR) Is it possible to heat part baked baguettes (or part baked bread in general) in the oven, but keeping it inside a pyrex container with a lid? If yes, is there any change in ...
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Why do Injera recipes call for adding boiling water or cooking down tef with some water?

Very often in Injera recipes you will see step toward the end of the process, right before cooking that involves cooking some Tef flour with some water and then mixing that into the batter. Can anyone ...
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Is it ok to have only one fermentation in bread-making? [duplicate]

I have this question because i've read (from several blogs and recepies) that while making bread, you have to go through the bulk fermentation process, then punching and shaping, and then fermenting ...
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Bread is too moist in a humid climate

I live in Florida, it's extremely humid here. Store bought bread and home made (bread machine) bread is always too moist for our liking. I've read on the internet to never keep bread in the ...
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Does room temperature affect rising time for bread dough? [duplicate]

I've tried a couple different kinds of basic bread recipes (both active dry and instant yeast) and no matter how closely to the letter I follow the recipe, I can't seem to get the dough to rise in the ...
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Was “Pastry flour for bread” [duplicate]

I was reading the discussion about "Pastry flour for bread" and noticed that several types of flour were mentioned. I looked at my bread flour and noticed that it says 4%. I looked at the AP flour, ...
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What is the difference between a wild yeast starter and a sourdough starter?

Many people only seem to distinguish between 'regular' bread (made with store bought commercial strains of yeast) and sourdough (made with 'wild' yeast). If this is the only distinction - was all ...
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Can I make bread/pizza dough with only cricket flour and no wheat flour

I want to make bread and pizza dough, but all recipes I find online include other types of flours than the one I am interested in. Is it possible to make with only cricket flour? Acceptable ...
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About ripe bananas for banana bread

I put mashed bananas in the fridge in a bowl for a couple days and they turned dark brown on the top. Are they still good after that?
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What are some pros/cons of restarting a bread machine mid-cycle?

The situation: I put all ingredients in the bread machine pan as usual (but with a little extra sugar or honey and liquid) and start the cycle. After the first or second kneading cycle, I restart the ...
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How do I make my bread heavy when baked?

What ingredient do I add to my bread dough to make it heavy when it's out from the oven?
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Is there a general algorithm for calculating the amount of yeast while making bread?

I've had this question for a long time. I have several books with different recipes and the amount of yeast changes a lot. I know for a fact that it is better to work with less yeast and wait for a ...
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When to apply a white egg wash on white wheat bread?

My go to bread is a much appreciated result of many tips from this site. It is a basic 75% hydration high-protein wheat bread that proofs in total for about 4.5-5.5 hours. I think it qualifies as a no ...
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Undercooked French Bread in Bread machine

I recently bought a Hamilton Beach 2 lbs Bread-maker. Today I used their provided recipe to make a 2lbs loaf of French bread. I followed the recipe but my bread turned out looking under-cooked on top ...
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Adding malt powder to a conventional brown bread machine recipe

I'm English by birth and miss the 'old fashioned' style Granary bread of my youth. I use a breadmaker and have 'fine-tuned' recipes to produce something approaching the bread I miss: I add small ...
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Under which circumstances will the mixture of flour, egg and milk become spoiled? [duplicate]

everyone. I recently bought a breadmaker and I wanna set the timer for 8h in the night to have bread in the morning.And I wanna add egg and milk to the whole wheat flour. Nowadays it’s usually 17-20℃ ...
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What is the English name for chleb bez maki?

Can't remember how I stumbled onto this but everything I google for chleb bez maki is in Polish. Can't find a Wikipedia article. Is this a traditional polish bread? What is the English name for it? ...
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Will an IPA beer work properly for beer bread?

Is there any reason an IPA beer would be bad or not work for a beer bread dough? Does it take longer, the same or short than a typical beer bread to rise?
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Bagels - Use of Barley Malt Syrup or Non-Diastatic Malt Powder

When using a water bath for bagels what is preferred to attain the nice brown exterior, Barley Malt Syrup or Non-Diastatic Malt Powder? I see recipes that use either one. What would be the difference ...
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Working principle of a farinograph [closed]

I am thinking of building a farinograph, not as accurate as the ones used in lab, for my friend's project. I know that a farinograph measures the torque at the blades and estimates the viscocity of ...
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No knead bread dough looking slimy after a week

I have been baking no knead bread on a regular basis for a few months now and the fresh bread gets devoured still. I usually mix a double batch and use it throughout the week. Sometimes, at about a ...
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What's the point of long/complex sourdough feeding techniques?

About a year ago, a friend taught me how she makes her sourdough bread and gave me a portion of her starter. It works great and makes fantastic loaves. I've started to look at other recipes online ...
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Sun light on sour dough starter

I have left my sour dough starter on the North facing window during the day.(I live in Australia) It has been exposed to warm, direct sunlight. Have I killed my wild yeasts? Should I start again? I ...
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Making Easter Bread

I made a recipe for Easter Bread. It had to rise for 12 hours. This morning it was a sticky mess. I added more flour and kneaded again. I am allowing to rise again. Have I screwed up my bread by doing ...
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Adding Instant Yeast to dry bread mix for later use

I am considering selling my bread mixes online to serve customers outside of my bakery's region. I will be vacuum packing the flour mix and sending them via post but to remove an extra step for our ...
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Sourdough starter not buoyant

If my sourdough starter does not float in water, does that mean it is not ready?