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

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How to avoid shrinking bread loaf after baking?

I'm having a hard time making bread loaf at home. My breads after coming out of the oven always shrink. Here's the recipe I used: 320g flour (because I didn't have bread flour so I replaced with 315g ...
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How do you significantly reduce the calories in bread like Franz Keto bread?

Franz Bakery makes a bread that contains 35 calories a slice (the fact that it is keto is irrelevant to me, but may still be a part of the answer): https://franzbakery.com/HTML/productView#category=...
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What's the deal with split-top bread?

What's the difference between split-top and round top bread, other than the look (caused by the split)? Like does splitting the bread top make it lighter/better crumb, etc? I see at the supermarket &...
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What are the most yeasty fruits sold in supermarkets suitable for providing yeast for making bread?

Various fresh fruits, such as grapes, apricots, and dates, can be used to provide the yeast that is needed in breadmaking. But often in commercial production fruits are sprayed with pesticides, and ...
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Baking Bread in Dutch Oven with Hairline Crack

I recently bought a ceramic slow cooker insert at a thrift store. It has a glass top and is the perfect shape for using as a Dutch oven in baking bread, which I do regularly. When I got home, my ...
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Proofing container: air tight vs simple bowl

After my pizza preparation, from a dough that has spent already a night in the fridge, I always leave about 200g of dough to make a small white pizza to accompany my meal on the day after my pizza ...
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Chalky smell in bread dough?

The last batch of challah (bread) that we made had a very chalky undertone and aftertaste. This time, the dough has a faint smell of the chalk (we didn't bake it yet). The flour has no odor and was ...
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Foil wrap cooking fully assembled burger in George Foreman grill?

If I seal a burger, complete with bun, in tin foil, and cook it in a George Foreman grill... Will the burger cook through without the bread burning? Will the bread burn or potentially cause a fire? ...
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Is it possible to make vegetarian 'prawn' toast?

As a vegetarian for over 15 years the only food I continue to miss is prawn toast. Does anybody whether it would be possible to make a vegetarian version and what alternatives to prawn could be used?
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Is a toasty preserved ok during trip if in a backpack? [duplicate]

When making toasted bread with filling such as turkey slices etc (toasted as well) with avocado spread, is there any problem of having it in a backpack while on a trip and eating it after few hours? I ...
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Preserve crustiness/freshness of toasted bread

In long trips i.e. over 3 hours long, I take some toasted break with either pb&j or something inside e.g. slices of turkey etc (toasted). I wrap them with aluminium foil and place them inside ...
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Create my own high-gluten flour by mixing vital wheat gluten and bread/AP flour?

Has anyone had success with giving their bread or all-purpose flour an extra gluten kick by adding vital wheat gluten? I would like to know what ratio to mix the the two ingredients with, or perhaps ...
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Is there a pattern that when sliced into bread dough - causes the bread to be fairly level?

When I bake bread, every loaf tens to swell in the center and each end of the loaf is smaller. The result is that sandwiches cut from different sections of the loaf vary dramatically in size. I asked ...
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What is the net (absorbable) carb content of Psyllium Husk? [closed]

I want to make ketogenic bread with Psyllium Husk. I am confused from looking online at the nutritional value of psyllium husk. Some websites reports in the nutritional values that it has only 1.7g of ...
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What can I change about this bread recipe to lower its glycemic index?

I'm starting with a recipe from Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads that uses an overnight autolyse of a soaker (whole wheat flour, your choice of other grains, salt, and water) and a refrigerated ...
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Yeast in Poolish

I have two different recipes for poolish with equal parts of bread flour and water. One calls for 1/2 tsp. of yeast and the other only calls for 1/4 tsp. Which amount should I use to make artisan ...
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Bread maker paddle cylinder bored round; inner flat side gone

I have a Zojirushi BB-PAC20 two-paddle bread maker. It had been working fine for years, but recently it stopped mixing right, leaving huge chunks of unmixed flour. I found that the problem was one of ...
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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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When downsizing a recipe for bread, do you need to cut down every ingredient equally for it to come out well?

I have a bread recipe that is slightly too large for my bread machine, so I need to downsize it a little, but I don't want to make it a full 25% or 50% smaller, meaning the ingredient amounts end up ...
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Do I need a bread maker?

I'd like to try my hand at baking my own bread. Do I need a bread maker to get decent bread? Are there any advantages to using a bread maker vs. my normal oven?
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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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How do I make authentic Russian black bread?

I am interested in making the dense pungent black bread that is traditional in Russia. Recipes for black bread are varied and seem to disagree with one another. Too many of them make spongy, ...
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Why is there vinegar in the bread recipe?

Yesterday I made bread based on a recipe I found on the flour bag. It contained both rye and wheat flour but also three tablespoons of vinegar. I've never seen it used in bread before, why is it there?...
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Am I calculating bread dough hydration correctly?

I know this seems like it should be obvious; calculating bread dough hydration isn't rocket science. My recipe is 600 g of flour, 270 g of water, 57 g of butter, 46 g of honey, 1.5 tsp of salt, 2 tsp ...
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What does yeast do to flour?

Does yeast overtake flour? if yes then does it become protein from carbs? When we start with 100% flour does it become 70% flour 30% yeast germs after fully fermented dough?
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Bagel Sponge: Room Temp or Proofing Temp?

I have a new recipe to make deli-style bagels. It calls to let the initial sponge stand in a large mixing bowl at room temperature for 2 hours, sealed with cellophane. I have had troubles in the past ...
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Can I make sourdough starter with raw potatoes?

Looking at different websites I found sourdough starters using potatoes instead of wheat or rye. They all used cooked mashed potatoes. I wonder if it is possible to just grate raw potatoes or other ...
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What are the authentic traditional ingredients for Naan bread?

I would like to know what the authentic and traditional ingredients for Naan bread are. There are many recipes that use some ingredients but not others and the cooking method are not always the same. ...
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What are the safety and warranty implications of steaming bread in a domestic oven?

There are lots of recipes online that suggest mimicking commercial bread ovens by using a water bath and or ice cubes to create a hot, steamy baking environment. I have always been very wary of doing ...
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High Altitude Rye Bread

New bread maker here. I've been playing around with some various breads over the least year and have had some pretty decent success with white breads, seed breads light rye and even Paczki. Not only ...
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How to make hamburger buns as fluffy as in McDonald's?

I make buns and they comes out soft, but not as fluffy and light as the ones they have in McDonald's. Is there any specific ingredient or technique I should use to achieve the desired fluffiness? ...
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Bread is not rising

The problem After ten years of baking bread, I have a new problem with my bread rising—it seems to fall when baking in the oven. I've used the recipe below with good results, yielding nice 1–1/2 lb ...
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Can I use a rectangular ceramic pan instead of enameled cast iron to bake bread without losing the nice crust?

My wife has been baking sourdough bread in an enameled cast iron Dutch oven and has been getting a very nice crust. She preheats the pan and oven to 500 °F (260 °C), then puts the dough in the pan, ...
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Adding sugar and honey to sourdough 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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How do Crispbread manufacturers use so few ingredients?

I'm curious if anyone is familiar with how the major Swedish crispbread manufacturers like Ryvita, Wasa, Finn Crisp, etc., manage to produce those crackers with ingredients lists as short as "rye ...
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Can you make vegan garlic bread? If so, how does the use of margarine effect taste and texture?

I enjoy a nice garlic baguette so much, but I have to drink a pre-emptive, schedule 5, painkiller not to die from being so lactose intolerant. I was wondering if a solution can be found that does not ...
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Why is my baguette type bread coming out almost flat?

I bake bread almost every day. Mostly French baguettes, old stretch and fold every 45 mts. method for 1st proofing, couche for 2nd rise. Make sourdough too. But my bread loaves, which were coming ...
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Why is my bread dough rising this quickly?

I've been making Jim Lahey's no-knead bread pretty much since the recipe first appeared in the New York Times. In the last year or so, I've noticed a strange phenomenon: the recipe says to let the ...
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Shaping baguettes using three folds vs. rolling it up?

What's the idea behind the standard French technique of three folds to shape a baguette where you fold it in from top and bottom and then the whole thing over, sealing it with the heel of the hand? ...
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Did post-war Hovis bread contain treacle or black strap molasses?

I totally concur with the opinion of YouTube chef Titli Nihan that the modern Hovis loaf tastes nothing like the bread I remember as a child. TN has an interesting theory that the Hovis bread of that ...
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Effect of ethanol concentration on bread flavor

What is the effect of ethanol concentration on bread flavor? According to this stackexchange post the majority of the ethanol produced by yeast evaporates during baking, so in theory the ethanol ...
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How to get a open crumb bread without a starter

Is it possible to get an open crumb bread without an starter, and by just using active dry yeast? According to my research, to get an open crumb bread one needs a good gluten development, high ...
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Bread Machine Loaf does not Dome

When baking a standard loaf in my Bread Machine, the top of the loaf seemed to collapse back in at some point, and instead of coming out with a nice rounded top, it looks like this: I've tried: More ...
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How long can a bread dough containing eggs wait before going to the oven?

I am waiting until the bread has grown enough. Naturally, outside fridge. However, the dough contains a cracked egg among other ingredients. Will it become unsafe to eat? I suppose the oven will ...
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Milk instead of water for sourdough?

I have a nice, healthy Type 110 wheat-based sourdough starter that I use to make bread and pancakes. I've recently discovered that it may be possible to feed the starter with milk instead of water. ...
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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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