The first thing to know when learning how to make bread is that there are basically two kinds of breads. There are quick bread recipes and yeast bread recipes. The difference lies in the powder of the leavening agents. The quick breads are just like they sound “quick to make” or requires no kneading and rising; just mix and place in oven to bake. This is because baking powder, baking soda or both can be used as the leavening agent. These ingredients work faster than when using yeast as the leavening.
Although quick breads are very easy to make, many make the mistake of overbeating the batter. Unless specified in the directions, the batter should only be mixed until blended. Sweet breads, muffins, sweet rolls, biscuits and scones are all part of the quick bread family. In many parts of the world the daily bread is a quick bread (or flat bread) which uses no leavening.
To understand how to make bread one must understand the action of yeast for successful bread making. Yeast is a tiny living plant which develops under favorable conditions. The conditions which encourage development are moisture, lukewarm temperature, oxygen incorporated by beating and kneading, and food provided by the sugar and starch. When showered with these attentions, the yeast becomes active and causes fermentation and rising dough. The result is the porous structure and characteristic flavor which we associate with yeast breads.
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To know how to make yeast bread, one must know the different types of yeast available to use. Yeast is marketed in moist and dry forms. For years the moist cakes of yeast was the only form available. It had to be kept in the refrigerator and it grew stale after about a week. Then came the dry yeast in cake form; however this takes a longer soaking time to use. Fortunately, today we have a quick action dry yeast which is very easy and fast to use. This type takes about 5 minutes to soak and can be substituted for other types called for in recipes. For most recipes one package is good for 6 or 7 cups of flour.
When learning how to make bread you will realize the importance of the type of flour which is used in the recipe. In choosing flour we are mainly concerned with the gluten content. Gluten is the elastic substance formed when the flour is mixed with liquid. To make light porous bread, yeast dough requires a flour containing strong elastic gluten which will stretch without breaking. Years ago the gluten content in different flours use to vary greatly. Today I find them to be pretty consistent especially if you stick with the name brands. Bread flour and all purpose flour may be used in the making of yeast bread.
Milk, water or a combination of the two is generally used for liquid. Potato water, buttermilk or diluted evaporated milk may be used if desired. (I like to use buttermilk but I add ¼ teaspoon baking soda to it) Milk adds to the food value of the bread as well as to the flavor and keeping qualities; bread containing milk usually makes better toast. Instructions to have the liquid LUKEWARM is important. If too hot or too cold there will be no action with the yeast.
There are other important ingredients to yeast bread. Salt is important to help control the fermentation. Sugar supplies food for the developing yeast and helps the bread to brown. Shortening and eggs increase the flavor and tenderness; they also help the keeping qualities.
HOW TO MAKE BREAD--BREAD MAKING TIPS
BREAKFAST MUFFIN RECIPE
This is a great first recipe when learning how to make bread.
Mix flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; stir in oats.
Combine honey, egg, oil and juice; add to flour mixture and beat until blended.
Add grated peel and stir just until mixed in; batter should be thinner than most muffins.
Fill paper lined muffin tins 2/3 full; bake at 425F degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
Combine flour, yeast and sugar; cut in butter.
Add buttermilk and work dough until smooth.
Place in greased bowl turning dough to grease top; cover and let stand 1 hour.
Roll dough and cut into circles; place on cookie sheet.
Bake at 400F degrees for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Brush melted butter over top of hot biscuits.