How To Bake Easy Focaccia With Your Bread Machine

This is just about as easy as it gets for some really good homemade focaccia. Make the dough in your bread machine (or with a stand-type mixer). It doesn’t take a lot of time and it’s a great project to tackle with the kids. Here’s how: Start with a lean, white bread machine mix, or use the recipe below. By lean, we mean one that is low fat and doesn’t call for fresh eggs. A buttermilk bread mix is perfect. Easy Bread Machine Focaccia Bread Ingredients 1 1/4 cups water 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cups bread flour 1 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dough conditioner 1 4-gram yeast packet Add the ingredients in accordance with the …

How Yeast Works

If you are going to be a bread baker, you should know yeast. Yeast is the magic ingredient of the baking world. It’s alive and master bakers have learned to cultivate yeast as a living thing in their bread and pastry doughs. In this section we will explore the different types of yeast and learn how to cultivate yeast in our products to make the best breads. Our grandparents used—and many commercial bakers still use—fresh yeast rather than the dry yeast that we buy in the store. Fresh yeast performs marvelously well but is fragile, must be kept refrigerated, and used right away—hardly the conditions of today’s carefree baking. Instead of fresh yeast, most of us use dry yeast, either …

Brewing Beer

Beer drinkers see a pint of beer as a magical golden brew. Many have said that it’s surely the Nectar of the Gods. In reality, most beers are based on a basic four-ingredient recipe, and undergo a simple brewing process before bringing joy to the parched bar patrons of the world. Beer is created using a basic mixture of water, hops, malted barley and yeast. Depending on the type of beer being brewed, taste enhancements such as flavourings and sugar will be added. Starches are also incorporated into the beer so that sugars will easily ferment during the brewing process. The fermented sugars add body and flavour, while increasing the alcohol content. Water Beer is mainly composed of water, so …