Posts tagged ‘bread’

June 25, 2011

Loaf Re-Done and Better

Last week I tried this bread called Anadama Bread, a recipe from the grand cookbook How to Cook Everything. As you can see, it didn’t work out so well. It turned out to be a very dense loaf. Lately thats how most of my breads have been coming out like. In desperation to figure out what I was doing wrong, and how to make a better loaf, I turned to google.

That is where I found a wonderful website, The Fresh Loaf. What a resource! From there I learned to let your flour soak for at least an hour. That sticky dough is best, and that one of the reasons my dough wasn’t rising is because I was killing my yeast with water that was way to hot.

the above photo show’s that I am using bleached flour instead of unbleached. Thats because it was cheaper at Costco. Next time I buy flour from Costco, I am going to make sure I saved up for the better quality flour. But honestly, it hasn’t given me any problems. When the budget is tight, I’d get it again.

(nothing like a little mess to clean up)

Another thing that I learned was that during the “bulk rising” time, you should fold the dough 2 to 3 times. Which I never knew that. I also put the bowl in my oven with just the light on. The warmth helped with the rising. A few hours later, a few folds later, I put the dough in a bread pan and let rise for another 90 minutes or so. The difference was amazing!

As you can see, the first attempt (the one on the right) is way more dense. The one baked last night (to the left) looks much lighter and fluffier. And believe me, it tastes a heck of a lot better! I must say, I am kind of proud of myself. I think I am on the road to very fine homemade bread for my family. No more store bought!