Bread Baking Tools


Loretta SorensenI'll never part with this lovely vintage crockery bowl my great Aunt Mary used every time she mixed and raised her bread dough. But when I'm making bread, this lovely bowl is usually safely tucked inside my cupboard. That's because I've learned that a bread machine is far more efficient than I when it comes to mixing and kneading dough.

Although it goes against the old-fashioned side of me to use a bread machine, every time I slide that beautiful, perfect, tasty loaf of bread out of my oven I know I've made the right choice. A mixer with dough hooks may do a great job with mixing and kneading bread dough, too. However, keeping that dough at a consistent temperature is more challenging outside a bread machine pan.

My tools include: bread machine, 2-cup glass measuring cup (to mix and start yeast), large mixing bowl to measure all dry ingredients, fork to blend dry ingredients, measuring cups (to match all the measurements called for in my recipe) and measuring spoons. I also use a couple small mixing spoons and at least one spatula to help thoroughly clear measuring cups of their contents.

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I generally measure flour and salt into the mixing bowl and set it aside. No need to warm the flour, however, if you store your flour in the freezer or refrigerator, it's advisable to allow it to sit out overnight at room temperature.

When outdoor temperatures are cold, I use hot tap water to warm the bread machine pan and glass measuring cup. I fill the bread machine pan at least half full and set it aside and let the measuring cup warm up about 5 minutes. I discard the water used to warm utensils and proceed with recipe directions, using hot tap water mixed with the remaining liquids.

6/10/2018 12:56:27 PM

Loretta, great post about using modern technology to produce old fashioned bread. I used to bake 30 some years ago. I've always wanted to get back to doing that but just never had the time. My bread baking was a five hour process which netted five loves of bread. Two loves were gone as soon as they left the oven. My two older kids would stand in front of the oven and count down the timer. They would just tear the loaf apart because it was too warm to cut and let real butter ooze down in the crevasses before gobbling the chunk down. I used honey as a yeast starter instead of sugar. All of the kneading was done by hand. I had a special raising bowl that has been lost over the years and would run hot water in the sink. I set the raising bowl in the dish drying rack that set just above the hot water. Then I covered the sink with a dish drying towel. It was the perfect temperature and humidity to raise bread. I did have a bread machine once but gave it away. I might have to consider getting one again to use for the kneading and raising steps of bread making. ***** Have a great bread making day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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