Bread Tips

Do you want to learn how to prove bread at home? Or have you ran out of yeast and want to find out how to make bread without it? We cover all bread related questions and help you create the best loaf you’ve ever made!

Can You Make Bread Without Bread Flour?

Can You Make Bread Without Bread Flour?

The short answer is yes, you can definitely make bread without bread flour and it comes out equally as delicious, depending on the type of flour you use of course. The most common and well known flours are plain flour, self-rising flour, cake flour and bread flour.

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.

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.

Can I leave bread in the bread machine?

Can I leave bread in the bread machine?

When I first got my bread maker, I got a little confused with the delay timer and ended up setting my bread on multiple occasions to bake much earlier than I intended. It wasn’t until the morning that I realised that my bread had just been sitting there for lord knows how many hours!

How To Make Bread With Just Flour And Water

How To Make Bread With Just Flour And Water

If you are looking to make a more substantial loaf of bread, you won’t be able to rely solely on water and flour. You need other ingredients to give your loaf a lift and some flavour. Some baking powder, salt, sugar, olive oil and herbs and spices will turn your bland bread into the most delicious loaf ever.

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.

Bread Maker Without Teflon

Bread Maker Without Teflon

Teflon is actually a brand and Teflon products are made from polytetrafluoroethylene. I won’t even attempt to pronounce that and neither should you! Just call it PTFE for short. 
Teflon is a synthetic material which has been used in pans and many kitchen appliances since the 40’s. it’s a hydrophobic material meaning wet substances do not stick. That’s as far as my ‘science’ knowledge goes.

How To Make Cupcakes Rise Perfectly

How To Make Cupcakes Rise Perfectly

You want to use softened butter that is squidgy enough, but not so soft that it appears greasy and slippy. If your butter is too soft you will end up with a very oily butter that has no resistance at all and sticks to your fingers.

Best Hand Mixer for Whipping Cream

Best Hand Mixer for Whipping Cream

Light, fluffy and airy, whipped cream is the perfect topping for almost every dessert you can imagine. It goes great on top of pies, it is perfect for piping on cupcakes, ideal for icing a cake with and goes deliciously well with some simple strawberries.   You...

Best Budget Stand Mixer

Best Budget Stand Mixer

Many people think that baking is such an expensive hobby, and to be honest, they are right. Stocking up on ingredients and all the right baking tools can be quite costly. A good cake tin can set you back $10 and hand mixers can cost up to $200. I find that a lot of...

Can you make bread with self rising flour?

Can you make bread with self rising flour?

It is 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. 

Best Hand Mixer for Cakes

Best Hand Mixer for Cakes

Who doesn't love a moist, decadent, melt in the mouth cake? Cakes are the perfect treat, whether it's for a birthday, a wedding, or even just for tucking into on a Saturday evening watching Netflix. You really can't go wrong with cake. But, when it comes to baking it,...

Best Stand Mixer Under 100

Best Stand Mixer Under 100

If you want to take your baking to the next level then your next investment should definitely be a stand mixer! But stand mixers can set you back a fair penny. I'm sure you've heard people talk about how amazing the KitchenAid stand mixers are, but are they really...

Best Stand Mixer for Beginners

Best Stand Mixer for Beginners

When you are a beginner, your focus isn’t on buying the best and most expensive stand mixer out there. Your focus is on improving your technique with appliances good enough to get you there.

Best Stand Mixer Under 200

Best Stand Mixer Under 200

Now, stand mixers can range from super budget-friendly at as little as $70. But, stand mixers can also cost as much as $500! Ridiculous for a stand mixer, right??

Best Bread Maker Under 100

Best Bread Maker Under 100

With so many bread makers out there how do you know which ones are actually good? Well. fear not as I have got for you a list of the best bread maker under £100 that are good quality, make amazing bread and better yet, you don’t have to break the bank! Let’s take a look.

Best Hand Mixer For Meringue

Best Hand Mixer For Meringue

Meringues are not as hard to make as they seem. But without a good and powerful hand mixer, you will never be able to get to those stiff peaks all bakers talk about. I mean, you can spend hours hand whisking egg whites by all means, but who has time for that nowadays, right?

Best Blender For Milkshakes

Best Blender For Milkshakes

If you love creamy milkshakes then investing in a good quality blender that can whip them up to perfection might be just what you need. There are so many types of blenders out there, so you might be thinking, which one is the best blender for milkshakes?