How To Make Homemade Bread
What if baking bread was a lot less complicated than you think? Here are 4 key factors to making homemade bread.
In terms of ingredients, homemade bread is one of the simplest food items to make. All that you need is ﬂour, water, yeast and a dash of oil. You can experiment with all sorts of flavor combinations and flours.
The second key factor and arguably the most important in the dough is your the consistency of your ingredients. Ideally, you'd like the dough to be moist with a good deal of elasticity. To achieve this, you should slowly mix your ingredients together into a bowl to make sure that the dough is not too watery or dry.
When you're done, it should look something like this:
Knead, Knead And Knead Some More
Unless your aiming to make no-knead bread, kneading is a very important step in creating elasticity in your bread. You can do this by using a dough hook attachment for a KitchenAid or by hand. Personally, I prefer to do it by hand so you can actually feel the consistency of the dough. For the best results, you should knead for at least 5-10 minutes, or until you feel the dough is uniform. This is something that comes with practice and is based off of feel, so it may take you a couple of times to get the hang of it.
Turn Up The Heat
After kneading your dough, you want to make sure that the yeast will rise. To help with this, you should place the dough in a warm area and cover. Alternatively you can place it in a baking dish in the oven set at no more than 100F covered with tin foil. You should let it set for at least 2 hours before baking.
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