How Low Can You Go


Loretta SorensenFitting breadmaking into today’s average hectic schedule will likely take some planning.

And if you’re working to streamline your breadmaking as much as possible, how much time can you shave from the process without sacrificing the quality of your loaf?

Since time is always of the essence for me, I have experimented with bread kneading and first-rise times. My conclusions:

  • Two mix/knead cycles of no less than 15 minutes are necessary to producing a quality loaf of bread.
  • The reason: both yeast action and gluten activity are necessary to achieve a high, light rise. If either one of these elements falls short, the loaf of bread will too!

That being said, there are multiple ways to streamline your bread baking process to keep your time frame right at 2 hours total.

From my personal experience and testing, the most effective way to shave time off your bread baking activities is to make your own bread mix. Mixing the amounts of flour and salt (gluten if you use it) and storing it in the refrigerator or freezer until you need it really shaves time off bread baking activities.

Creating your own bread mixes also allow you to vary your recipes and use a variety of grains/ingredients to achieve your bread baking goals.

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