Questions tagged [bread]

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

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Converting bread recipes for an overnight rise?

I often find myself with an urge to bake things in the evening, but without enough hungry mouths left to justify actually producing anything substantial by the time the recipe is done. As such, it'd ...
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Using osmotolerant yeast in regular bread

After the demise of my sourdough starter, I've decided to switch to instant yeast, and am trying to decide which to buy. Specifically, I'm comparing Saf-Instant Red and Saf-Instant Gold. The former is ...
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Idiomatic combinations of peanut butter, jelly, and bread

Is there a reason why, at least in the US, that: 1) on dry bread, we typically eat peanut butter AND jelly, not one or the other; 2) but on toast, we typically eat either peanut butter OR jelly, not ...
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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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How to make a Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread in time for breakfast

The problem with Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread is that it almost takes 3 hours to complete. So unless I get up very early in the morning, I cant make it in time for breakfast. Is it possible to freeze ...
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What changes can I make to a bread recipe to prevent it collapsing when rising overnight in fridge?

I'm trying to rise bread overnight in the fridge and sometime it collapses. What changes could I try in the recipe to try to stop this from happening? I think I need to retard the yeast action (I'm ...
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how to break up a bread recipe?

I found this recipe for a pull apart cheesy bread that I love. It turned out ok the first time, and I'd like to try it again for a dinner I'm having this week. However, I don't have a lot of time to ...
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Can I store bread dough overnight?

I would like to bake bread as soon as I get up. Would it be possible to store bread dough overnight, perhaps in the fridge? For how long could I store it? Would it need to rise again next morning?
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Is there a bread you can mix in the evening, leave overnight, and bake in morning?

I'm afraid I know little about breadmaking. Is there a bread where you could: -- mix it and I guess knead it in the evening (say around 9pm), -- leaving it out overnight (perhaps to rise (?) etc.?) ...
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Good breads for evening cooking?

Are there good bread styles or techniques for baking bread in the evening after a day at work? Specifically, there's a couple of us who have taken to bringing food for a meeting every couple of weeks,...
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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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Can I refrigerate lower hydration dough for storage like I would no-knead dough?

I've been baking with the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day recipe for nearly a decade, off an on, and like a lot of people I decided to try to step up my game over the last year. I feel like I've ...
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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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Can over proofed dough be harmful to breathe in?

I work night shift in a bakery and the people before me always leave unused dough in the mixer. Who knows for how many hours, but during that same day. It's a dough made from dry yeast. One night I ...
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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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bread dough always too sticky

I have two recipes for bread; one is Julia Child's Sandwich bread and the other is honey wheat bread using the recipe on the back of the King Arthur wheat flour bag (can't find the recipe online for ...
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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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What is the mechanism of action of the Tangzhong? [duplicate]

Is the Tangzhong in Japanese Milk Bread used to just greater net hydration, or is there another mechanism of action (inhibition of crystallization for example)? Would normal gelatin water cubes get ...
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What kind of dish/pastry consists of white bread with ice-cream or some sort of mousse inside?

I found this randomly: To me, it distinctively looks like non-sugary bread. It looks like the kind of bun you normally use for making sandwiches, for example put butter and/or cheese inside. It doesn'...
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What is the reason for the automatic fruit and nut dispenser on some bread makers?

What is the difference between putting fruit or nuts into a bread maker at the beginning and adding them via the fruit and nut dispenser on some bread maker models? I thought it might be due to the ...
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Bread: Hydration change for making Wholewheat bread with oats

I make 100% whole wheat bread with 80% hydration. I want to experiment by replacing some whole wheat with oats. How should I change the hydration level? I replaced 50% whole wheat with oats and made ...
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Why is a glaze applied to the top of a hot cross bun?

I am making hot cross buns and wondering why the buns have to have a glaze... Any scientific answer or is it just because it's nicer?
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I'm having trouble making grilled cheese, what am I doing wrong?

When I cook grilled cheese, I put a tablespoon of butter on the pan, and the pan is hot enough that it quickly melts and sizzles. However, when I put the bread on, it just soaks in the liquid butter ...
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What caused the crust on on the top of my bread to separate from the rest of the loaf?

I used this Portuguese sweet bread recipe. The bread came out with a great crumb, great flavor, and a great crust. The problem is that the crust on the top separated from the crumb on the top of the ...
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Freeze or refrigerate bread?

What is the better way to store lots of preservative-less bread approaching the expiration date: freezer or refrigerator? Does one method dry out the bread more than another?
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Is it possible to bake bread, make pizza etc on cast iron pot on induction stove instead of oven? [duplicate]

I don't have access to an oven but I do have access to a cast iron pot and an induction stove. Is it possible to bake bread and make pizza etc with this setup with a little experimentation?
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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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Can meat spoil outside the fridge if it's baked into bread as a filling?

I made some meat buns tonight (that is, buns with cooked chicken stuffed inside them before being baked), and I'm wondering if I should bother keeping the buns inside the fridge, because that would ...
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How to avoid collapse of yeast-raised dough?

I prepared yeast-based bread with both hand and bread machine. The dough looks perfect, but when I try to bake it whether in bread machine or oven, it starts to collapse upon heating. The dough ...
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Oven features required/desirable for baking bread at home

I am considering to buy a new built-in electric oven for my kitchen because the old one does not have top or bottom heat (believe it or not). I regularly bake heavy rye bread (e.g., of the Danish kind)...
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How do you make buns hollow inside for filling? [duplicate]

Chinese and Korean filled buns are my family's favorite. I've succeeded in making soft breads but never know how to make the buns hollow to inject a cream inside. I know that some recipes simply put ...
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How to obtain the soft and pillowy texture in bread?

Here's a bread recipe (probably a type of Turkish bread): 1 cup of warm milk (200 ml) 1 tea cup of warm water (150 ml) 1 tea cup of oil 1 tea spoon of salt 1.5 tablespoons of sugar, half a pack of ...
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My buns/bread don't brown from top?

I have tried making buns and pizza muffins using all purpose flour (bleached/unbleached/bread flour are not available in my country)multiple times at 180-200C in the middle rack of my oven. They never ...
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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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What do you get from boiling dough

I was wondering about what happens to bread dough under various cooking conditions. More explicitly: what do you get when you boil dough? I know baking gives you bread and frying gives you donuts. And ...
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How to make pre-baked pita bread

I'd like to pre-bake pita bread so that I can store it in the fridge and use them one at a time by heating them in a pan. Any idea how to do that?
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Egg bread recipe calls for 2 eggs and 2 yolks, can I use 4 whole eggs? [closed]

The recipe for egg bread calls for 2 eggs and 2 yolks. What would result from just using 4 whole eggs?
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What is the ideal hydration for bread dough?

I made a bread that called for 1kg of flour and 700ml of water. That is a 70% hydration. The problem was that the dough became absolutely soaked, so in the end I added more than 500g more flour. ...
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How to reliably get flatbreads to puff or balloon up? [duplicate]

When making similar (wheat) flatbreads of many types (from different cultures e.g. chapati and pita), it is desirable for it to puff up like a balloon so that a pocket forms on the inside. Presumably, ...
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How to mix large amounts of sponge for bread?

I am making large batches of bread with 100% hydration poolish. In the current situation, using a large mixer and then having to clean the bowl after is not an option because of time. Mixing by hand ...
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Is it important to warm the flour before making bread?

When I was taught to bake bread one of the tips I was given was to warm the flour first. It's a step I often skip as I haven't really found a quick way to warm it through evenly (but gently) and I ...
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egg-wash role in having soft bread buns

As a follow-up question, I keep following the recipe to the letter and thank goodness I get pillowy and soft buns each and every time. The thing that bothered me a bit was the smell of the egg-wash ...
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Do bread bins really keep homemade breads fresh? [duplicate]

I usually keep my homemade breads for a day or two in a ziplock bag. I recently felt like buying a good-looking bread box/tin to not use plastic bags that often (I keep the bags for as long as ...
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Small Hard White Thing In Whole Wheat Bread - Mold Or Grain?

I just bought a loaf of bread yesterday, and went to use some to make a sandwich. I found a tiny white spot on it that is about the size of a rice grain, but it doesn't look like normal mold. And ...
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Do you fold or blend the olives in a fougasse?

As a variation from making focaccia with fried onions (impatience to spend 30 minutes frying onions, really), I experimented instead with sundried tomatoes. It's a success, although I needed to keep ...
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One time sourdough starter

Is there a way to make sourdough bread without the long term commitment of feeding a starter? My kids and I love sourdough bread, but I also work 2 jobs, so making bread is, sadly, a once in a blue ...
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Why don't we all eat injera? Or some other form(s) of teff? [closed]

We are supposed to eat high-protein foods, yet even people without celiac disease complain about gluten... Tuff, unlike quinoa, is a true cereal grass, and like quinoa, is high in protein that is not ...
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Why do my English muffins have such a tough crust?

I'm new to the baking of English muffins. I follow the recipe for sourdough English muffins published on YouTube by Culinary Exploration. After accounting for the 100% hydration of the starter, the ...
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Reasons my sourdough attempts failed?

Last March I started adventuring into the world of Sourdoughs by following the advise of The Fresh Loaf Bakers's handbook but using wholegrain rye flour all the way and it went pretty well; after a ...
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Reason(s) for poor bread results

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be gifted a standing mixer. My first project was James Beard's white bread. The end characteristics that I wish to improve on were: When attempting to de-...

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