Although the procedure and techniques of making breads are simple; some secrete tips will help you to make perfect bread even your first effort. Here we enlisted some secrete tips that you should know for perfect and attractive bread making.
Tips For Using Liquid Ingredients
- Usually tap water is treated chemically and it may slow down the rising of bread. And hard water is alkaline that weakens the gluten and reduces the volume of a loaf. On the other hand soft water is slightly acidic that makes the yeast more active. So, if your bread isn’t rising properly, use bottled water or boil the water and cool it room temp, then use it.
- Too cool liquid can stop or slow down the yeast activity and too hot liquid can destroy the yeast and prevent the rising of bread. So, only slightly warm liquids should be added to the dry ingredients.
- 1000F-1100F is ideal temperature for yeast when directly added in water and 1200F-1300F is ideal temperature, when yeast is added to dry ingredients.
- If dough seems to dry, you can sprinkle the dough with water when kneading.
Tips For Using Liquid Sweeteners
- You can use any liquid sweeteners for substituting the sugar.
- If you use the liquid sweeteners instead of sugar, you should reduce the liquids used in recipe by proportional amount.
- Remember that, honey is more concentrated in flavor than sugar. So, you should consider this when using honey. Try to use ¾ cup honey instead of each cup of sugar.
- Oil your measuring spoon or cup before barley malt syrup or honey and then it will slip off properly.
Tips For Using Eggs
- Try to use large eggs. Otherwise the recipe indicates other things.
- If you want fat and cholesterol in your bread but don’t want to give up the flavor, try other substitutes. (Such as EggBeaters).
- If you want to reduce the amount of cholesterol and fat in your breads, use two or three whites of egg instead of one whole egg.
Tips For Using Fruits And Vegetables
- If you use juicy fruits, try to mix them with a little four. It prevents the dough to become gooey and adhesive.
- Fresh vegetable contain a large amount of water. Usually, around half of their weight is water. So, if you use fresh vegetables in your recipe you should adjust the liquid accordingly.
- Before using, completely thawing the frozen vegetables and properly draining the canned vegetables.
Tips For Using Herbs And Spices
- Usually dried herbs have more concentrated flavor than fresh herbs. So, If you use dried herbs, add a one-third amount of fresh herbs.
- Garlic inhibits the activity of the yeast and cinnamon affects the structure of dough. So, be careful, if you use them in your recipe.
Tips For Adding Nuts And Seeds
- If you want to use nuts and seeds (such as hazel nuts, pine nuts and almonds etc) to your recipe, lightly toast them before using to bring out flavor.
Tips For Using Salt
- Salt acts as yeast inhibitor and it is needed to control the over activity of yeast. So, you must use salt in your recipe. Otherwise you bread may over rise and collapse and also may create uneven texture.
- If your want to reduce the amount of salt in your bread, you can decrease amount of salt as much as 50%. But never remove the salt thoroughly.
- To replace table salt, certain salt substitutes may work well.