Bread Tips

Since I am baking today, I thought I would share a few bread tips that I have learned over the past few years.

  • Don’t add extra flour to your bread dough to make it less sticky. Too much flour in your dough will make your bread heavy and dry. Try oiling your hands to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers.
  • Flour changes with the humidity in the air. Because flour absorbs liquid from the air, in the humid months try adding a little less liquid in your recipes.
  • If your crust is cooking too quickly try “tenting” it halfway through the baking cycle. Take a sheet of foil and cover the bread making a tent shape with the foil.
  • If you want to enhance your loaf consider adding dry milk or substituting potato water for water in bread recipes. You can also add potato flakes to a recipe. Potatoes add starch to the loaf which keeps the bread moist longer. Dry milk also keeps your loaf moist and fresher longer.
  • Try adding a tablespoon of orange juice to your whole wheat recipes. TheKing Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains cookbook says that the flavor of orange juice tempers the flavor of whole wheat. I have been using oj in my recipes for a few months and I think it does improve the taste.
  • I mentioned this one before, brush your loaf with butter soon after you take it from the oven. The crust will stay soft for days.

I would love to hear my readers tips for great looking and tasting bread. It is always nice to learn from each other! You can also post any bread questions you might have and we can try and help one another with our bread making.

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Comments

  1. Oh great tips! We just made bread and I didnt like how it turned out so we will use these!

  2. Wow. Fresh baked bread sure sounds great but I don’t have the patience

  3. I’m glad you’re back up and running! I LOVE these tips. It’s so dry here in Phx that my bread doesn’t always turn out right. I’m wondering if I should adjust liquid in recipes b/c it may assume some moisture in the air will absorb into the dough. ??? What do you think?

    I want to go bake now…it’s so addicting!

  4. Great tips, must try the OJ one!

  5. I also put the orange juice in my bread. It really does make a difference. I also learned that putting less flour in my bread makes it super soft.I have a Bosch and it is easy to just put less. My wheat bread is just as soft as store bought white bread. The dough is a little harder to handle when I roll it to loaves, but it is SO worth it.

  6. I can’t wait to try the OJ. I have a Bosch and just began making my own bread. My problem now is that it is so crumbly, the kids have a hard time using it for sandwiches. Any advice?

  7. Jana florence says:

    I am new at grinding flour and making bread. Still haven’t gotten that nice fluffy loaf yet. I follow a recipe from a lady that I learned about grinding your own grains. Not sure what I am doing wrong. It will rise but not fully over the loaf pan. So it’s dense. The wheat is wheat Montana prairie Gold spring wheat. Would love to talk to you about this if you do not mind. 864-275-2323

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