Making bread at home is something everyone wants to try but they usually give up after the first bad loaf of bread comes out of the oven.
Tips to make bread at home more easily
1.Be sure to measure all the ingredients correctly. In some areas of cooking you can use a pinch of this or smidge of that but in baking you have to be precise for the finished product to turn out correctly.
2.In bread making the dough usually has to be left to rise one or more times. When the dough doubles in size and you press your fingers into the middle and the indention stays that means it is ready to bake.
3.The ingredients need to be very fresh, especially the yeast. Dry yeast is the best to use in bread making.
4.When you are measuring your flour it is best to use a spoon to put the flour in the measuring cup instead of just dipping the cup in the flour and scooping it out. Use the backside of a butter knife to scrape off and flatten the top of the measured flour making it even with the measuring cup.
5.Let the bread cool completely before trying to slice it. If you try to cut it fresh from the oven it will be a huge mess. Use a bread knife for a nice, clean cut.
6.Your fresh baked bread should be used or frozen within three days of making it so it will not ruin. Bread can be kept in the freezer for a couple of months.
7.To thaw frozen bread just remove it from the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature.
8.To make the crust of the bread shiny you can mix egg white and water together and then brush over the top of the bread before baking.
9.For a darker crust just mix egg yolk and water together and brush over the top of the bread before baking.
10.Knead the bread for the correct amount of time that your recipe calls for. Kneading bread does get tiring but it is an important step in bread baking. And remember everything has to be done exactly as the recipe you are using calls for.
Don’t give up if your first or even your fifth loaf of bread does not turn out perfect because it takes time and lots of practice to master the art of homemade bread making.