Something basic and satisfying about making bread to feed hubby:) Some other things I have learned: All ingredients work best at room temperature . If eggs are called for, put them in hot water from tap and let them warm. I don't like to scald milk so have found using dry milk works very well. Just add liquid in the amount of milk called for. There is a yeast that you don't have to proof first. It can be added right to the dry ingredients and cuts out another step. I like to keep my yeast in the freezer. It has never been ineffective since then. Dinner rolls don't need as long a kneading as bread does. Bread works better with bread flour, even using a few cups in the initial mixing makes it better.
these are some great tips. Here's mine; check your yeast and make sure it is not expired!
yeah for you! here's how domesticated I've become; I have a bread machine. I used it twice. lost the book, it's now a wonderful catcher of all things.....well, dust. now that I think of it, I don't even know where it is. hmmm, hey, I'll take a slice of that bread Em.
Em, congrats on your bread. I am impressed! I come from a long line of bakers and I am a good baker (((whispers...but I have never baked bread!))) Don't tell!
Fresh bread rocks!
Everything at room temp is good for bread making. But...I must say that since I've had kids, I rarely make homemade bread - I let my bread machine do it because it's so. much. easier. (or you could say that I'm lazy. yes, that would work too.)
I'm glad it worked!
Yay! That's fantastic! In my quest for the perfect bread, I actually bought or borrowed several books on making bread, and they were very helpful. I learned some of the chemistry behind the process, and then the whole thing made more sense. I also cruised many of the bread recipes and forums at recipezaar.com. You can also find plenty of other stuff about it on the internet. Soon you'll be baking like a pro, and will even be able to make substitutions and create your own recipes. You'll be unstoppable. :-)
THAT is what scares me about cooking! OH. MY. GOSH.
Thermometers, timing, all of that? That's at least ten steps ahead of hamburger helper, which i regularly mess up.