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How To Prove Bread

How To Prove Bread

How To Prove BreadProving (also known as proofing) bread is probably the most important part of making homemade bread.  Well, devouring warm, fresh bread straight out of the oven is definitely the most important part of making bread, but proving it comes as a close...

Why Let Dough Rest?

Why Let Dough Rest?

Why Let Dough Rest? Is it necessary? Bread is simple yet so complex at the same time. You can easily pick up a loaf of bread at your local bakery, or you can spend hours, if not days, trying to create the best sourdough loaf you’ve ever made.  For something that is...

Can you use yeast instead of baking powder?

Can you use yeast instead of baking powder?

    Can You Use Yeast Instead of Baking Powder?If you're an avid baker, then you’ll no doubt have baking powder in your pantry.  If you are a bread lover, then you’ll also definitely have yeast. But, have you ever thought of using one in place of the other? Apparently...

Is My Yeast Active?

Is My Yeast Active?

    Is My Yeast Active? Or is it dead?Have you had your yeast sitting in the fridge or in your pantry for longer than you can remember?  I still remember that time I attempted to make pizza dough with active dry yeast that had been opened for a while and kept in the...

What Yeast Is Best For Bread?

What Yeast Is Best For Bread?

    What Yeast is Best for Bread?If you’ve been making bread for a while, you will know that it can be tricky and time consuming. It requires a lot of waiting around, a lot of rising, and a lot of elbow grease. You should also know that yeast is a key ingredient in...

Can you make bread without a mixer?

Can you make bread without a mixer?

      Can You Make Bread Without A Mixer? The ultimate guide to kneading bread. I personally love making bread by hand. There is nothing better than taking out a fresh loaf from the oven knowing that you have put your blood sweat and tears kneading dough, elbows deep...

Why Score Bread?

Why Score Bread?

Why Score Bread? What are the benefits? I always get drawn to the intricate designs on loaves in a bakery. Bread scoring patterns can vary from just a simple cut along the side, creating what is known as the ‘ear’, or, others can be as complicated as flower patterns,...

Can You Make Bread Without Bread Flour?

Can You Make Bread Without Bread Flour?

    Can You Make Bread Without Bread Flour? The Ultimate Bread HacksIf you are a regular baker, you will probably have a constant supply of flour in your pantry. Flour is such an important ingredient that can be used for literally everything you bake. Cake,...

How To Tell If A Cheesecake Is Undercooked

How To Tell If A Cheesecake Is Undercooked

Wondering how to tell if a cheesecake is undercooked? A simple yet effective way to tell if your cheesecake is undercooked or not is by jiggling it. Pop on a pair of oven gloves and open the oven. Gently give the cheesecake a little shake. If there is a large jiggly area and there is mixture seeping from the sides then the cheesecake is not cooked in the middle and needs a little longer in the oven.

When to remove paddle from bread machine

When to remove paddle from bread machine

Once you press ‘start’ on your machine, put a timer on. You are basically trying to see how much time passes between you starting your machine to when the final rise begins. Your bread machine should have a manual with the timeline of each step, so with some simple maths, you’ll be able to work out when your bread begins it’s final rise.

How to Stop a Cake from Doming

How to Stop a Cake from Doming

The main reason why your cake domes in the middle is because your oven is too hot. When you place your cake batter in the oven, it starts to cook at different speeds.
The outer edge of the cake begins to cook first, with the middle of the cake having more time to bake and rise. By the time the whole cake has baked, the outer edges are burnt and the centre has domed.

How To Make Bread With Just Flour And Water

How To Make Bread With Just Flour And Water

  How To Make Bread With Just Flour and Water  I love nothing more than tucking into warm, doughy, fluffy, homemade bread in the morning, or all day for that matter. I am a bread lover and in all honesty, I panic a little when I run out of bread in the house. I...

What Ingredient Makes a Cake Rise?

What Ingredient Makes a Cake Rise?

The key to perfectly risen cake is knowing what ingredient makes a cake rise. Once you have a clearer understanding of the different raising agents available and know how to use them properly, you will (hopefully) never have a flat cake again.

What Is The Difference Between Baking Powder And Baking Soda?

What Is The Difference Between Baking Powder And Baking Soda?

What Is The Difference Between Baking Powder And Baking Soda? The Ultimate Baking GuideBaking Powder vs. Baking Soda - Are They The Same? At first glance, baking powder and baking soda look pretty much the same. When I began my baking adventures, I thought both baking...

Can you make bread with self rising flour?

Can you make bread with self rising flour?

Can you make bread with self rising flour? It is, however, important to note that self-rising flours tend to have a slightly lower gluten content than plain or bread flour, so it’s not suited to use in recipes requiring a flour with high gluten content. Therefore, it’s not an ideal flour for making bread. Bread with self-rising flour will result in a very crumbly, dense loaf with little height. 

Is Bread Maker Bread Healthier?

Is Bread Maker Bread Healthier?

    Is Bread Maker Bread Healthier?There are only a few things that are better than freshly baked bread that is warm, fluffy and irresistibly delicious. Bread has become a staple in everyone’s house and it is so easy to get your hands on it. You can either head to...

Can You Make Bread Without Salt

Can You Make Bread Without Salt

Can You Make Bread Without Salt?Mmm bread. It’s a staple in everyone’s home and especially mine. We always have a constant supply of bread. Whether it’s made by hand or with the bread machine, you just can’t go wrong with it! Bread goes so well in sandwiches, with...

Can You Make Bread Without Sugar?

Can You Make Bread Without Sugar?

    Can You Make Bread Without Sugar?You can’t really go wrong with bread. It’s loved by everyone, including me, and is something that most people will have a constant supply of in their homes. Bread is the basis for all our favourite sandwiches, burger buns, cinnamon...

How do Bread Makers Work?

How do Bread Makers Work?

How Do Bread Makers Work? The Ultimate Bread Machine GuideBread makers are a godsend if you want fresh bread but don’t have the time to knead the dough and make the loaf by hand. Totally worth the investment! Fresh, homemade bread is far better than store bought bread...