6 Not-So-Secret Tips to Make “Heaven-Baked” Homemade Breads

While the world is currently surviving everyday amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, bread making has risen and dominated many households and kitchens too. Bread making has been around since ancient times, when Egyptians discovered the process of making fermented bread back in 2,000 B.C.

Through the years, many people have put massive interest in bread making as well, making a career out of it. Different types of bread have been discovered and various delicacies have been introduced where bread is the star of the plate.

Today, bread making using unique and amazing tools has taken a great leap by means of popularity. Due to the pandemic, food supplies all over the world have been affected and it left bread and baked goods to no exception. Thanks to the tips from grandma and the internet, people have begun learning the art of making their own bread. Just like an oasis in the middle of a desert, bread making has rapidly become a “safe place” for those who are in need of bread but are afraid of having insufficient supply.

Whether you are an expert or a beginner in bread making, there is a wide range of awesome equipment that you can buy online to help make your bread taste like one in a five-star restaurant menu. The actual process might be difficult if you are starting from scratch, but the hardest things to learn often lead to beautiful destinations. 

In this case, the beauty in it could land in you and your loved ones’ taste buds. Without any further ado, let us get dig deeper into this article where I will be sharing you five not-so-secret tips that are often forgotten by experts when it comes to making bread that tastes like heaven.

1. Know the Ingredients and Instructions

All recipe articles and sections in your mother’s kitchen magazines aren’t complete without this. Of course, you have to start somewhere and in bread making, you have to know your basic needs. The four basic ingredients for starters are flour, water, yeast, and salt. You can add more ingredients such as sugar, eggs, dough, and sweeteners. If you would really like to know what it takes to make a bread at home, the first four ingredients mentioned above plus a little bit of hard work will already take you one step ahead of the game.

You can search the internet for specific recipes and instructions. If you are saving your ingredients for future use, make sure they are kept properly and under the right temperature. For instance, yeast will stay live and viable longer if kept inside the refrigerator. Ingredients and instructions are very specific depending on the type of bread you would like to make but make sure that before starting, you got everything figured out to avoid certain accidents in the process.

2. Measuring Matters

This is somehow connected to the first tip. Lists of ingredients also come with details about measurements for making bread and if you want to achieve a “nearly perfect” outcome, you have to depend on what is written in the instructions. Maybe you have noticed your Grandma baking using eye measurement only. This isn’t impossible. With the right amount of experience, you can also make a perfect bread without depending too much on your tools but for starters, we suggest establishing a strong relationship with your equipment and measurements first.

3. Knead to Succeed

Most of us have already chewed gum at least once in our lifetime. Well, you can compare correct kneading to that experience. Kneading the dough is essential because it will be the basis of its elasticity. To know if a dough is properly kneaded, you can tear off a small portion of it and stretch it until it’s thin, similar to a bubble gum. If it’s too tight that you can’t stretch it or if it tears quickly, your bread making won’t succeed. Start kneading again and don’t get tired testing your dough like a bubble gum.

4. Sit Back and Relax

Stay relaxed throughout the process, especially while kneading. It could be tiring but you have to be one with your dough. Focus and keep the thoughts out of your head. Teach your hands what to expect from the dough so the next time around will be a lot easier for you. Once your bread is already inside the oven, there is also no room to stress yourself. While keeping an eye to the bread is important, there is no point in baking at home if it does not bring you happiness. If a part of the loaf burns, it is okay. There are always people who prefer the crispy parts. 

5. Practice Makes Perfect

The first attempt will be a struggle, there’s no doubt about it. What’s important is you take note of your experience and what went wrong so you can address it the next you make that type of bread. What was the temperature when you were kneading and how long did you knead your dough? Would it make a difference next time if you are in a cooler room?

Familiarize yourself with the different types of ingredients in making bread. This article does not contain a step-by-step process of how you can bake that perfect bread for the first time. This is a guide that you should keep in mind when starting and once you are already a pro. It is significant that you understand the basic things first and grow with your learning from there.

Who knows? You could be the owner of the next most talked-about bakery in your town!

6. Find Your Own Touch

Most successful bakers have specialized their skills when it comes to their passion. A key part in producing the best result is jumping out of your comfort zone and knowing what you really want to bake. There is a difference between spontaneously going to the kitchen to bake your favorite cookie and being tasked to bake a bread you haven’t established a genuine relationship with. 

Our point is, if you really want to spend more of your time learning how to bake a croissant for business, then do it! Yes, it is good to have a diverse selection of bread you can bake but also take into consideration that the most famous bakeries around the world have their best-sellers and the bread they are known for. It is because they found their own touch.

Finding your brand can take time and you don’t have to rush it. Watch out for our next blog and follow us as we dig deeper on things you should consider to find your originality and brand if you are planning to do baking as a career!

Familiarize yourself with the different types of ingredients in making bread. This article does not contain a step-by-step process of how you can bake that perfect bread for the first time. This is a guide that you should keep in mind when starting and once you are already a pro. It is significant that you understand the basic things first and grow with your learning from there.

Who knows? You could be the owner of the next most talked-about bakery in your town!

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