Bread Baking Checklist


Loretta SorensenHere are some points to check to ensure you produce the beautiful loaf you’re waiting for.

1. Accurate measuring is important when you bake bread. A few tablespoons more or less of either liquid ingredients or flour can make a significant difference in your dough and your final results.

I prefer to use glass measuring cups because sitting them on a level surface quickly reveals my measuring accuracy.

To check whether or not individual measuring utensils and larger measuring cups/pitchers agree (and make sure you’re not short or long on an ingredient), you can use a small one to measure ingredients into a larger one. Typically, a 2 or 4-cup measuring utensil (preferably glass) is the most accurate way to measure your recipe ingredients.

2. If you’re warming your recipe liquid to a temperature range of 105 to 110 degrees (Fahrenheit) to boost your yeast activity, take into account how any other ingredients added to the liquid affect that temperature. Those ingredients would include milk, sweetener (such as sugar), etc. Even stirring your recipe liquid with a cold spoon will take away some of the heat.

3. If you’re mixing your dough with a hand or stand mixer, you’ll want to develop a method for warming the mixer bowl and beaters so they don’t detract from your dough temperature. If your kitchen is quite cool while you’re baking bread, just the cool air temperature will affect your dough.

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