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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Why Can't I Bake Bread??

I have tried and tried to make home made bread and it just will not come out right. I can't get it to rise or bake good. Just is flat. What am I doing wrong???? I knead and do everything exactly as all of the recipes that I have tried and none of them work for me. I want to be able to make bread from scratch, but I am about ready to give up!!


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Pat said...

It would be hard to know what you're doing wrong without watching you, but here is the way I make bread and have for years. It always works for me.

To one cup of liquid (water, milk, half water and half milk, potato water or whatever) add a generous tablespoon of fat (vegetable oil, olive oil, lard, shortening, butter...). Warm this until it's comfortably warm, kind of like bath water feels on a cold day.

Meanwhile, put a tablespoon of active dry yeast, a scant tablespoon of sugar (white sugar, honey, brown sugar) and a teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Mix these ingredients together then when the liquid is ready, pour it into the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon. Leave it for a moment, until the yeast begins to "dissolve", then stir again and add flour; first a cup, then a half cup at a time, mixing well between additions.

When the dough can be handled, but is still a little sticky, turn it out onto a floured board and knead, adding flour as needed, until it's smooth and elastic. Knead about a hundred times after that, then put it in another bowl which has been greased. Push it down into the bowl then turn it over so that the up side is coated. Cover with a cloth and put it in a warm place until it rises.

You can tell when it's ready by punching your thumb or finger into it. If you make a dent and it doesn't fill back up, it's risen as much as it will. Knead the air out of it and form it into a loaf. Put this in a greased pan and let it rise again, until it's at least half risen.

I usually put mine into a cold oven and turn it on to 400. When the oven is fully warmed to that temperature, turn it down to 350 and let it bake until the top is lightly brown, about 30 to 45 minute. Tap it with your knuckles and if it sounds hollow, it's done. If not, put it back in for another few moments.

I don't know why I went through all of that when I could have pointed you in the direction of a blog post of my own. Maybe you can glean something from it anyway:Bread: Frugal Staff of Life

Bloggers said...

Thank you so much!!!

Happy Mother's day!

FFXIV Gil said...

You can tell when it's prepared by kickboxing your thumbs or handy into it. If you make a hole or dimple and it doesn't complete back again up

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