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 To Bake Multi-grain Bread

A quick perusal of your baker’s shelves will tell you how popular multi-grain bread is. But it’s not hard to bake—you can make your own. You can use any recipe and add the cracked grain mixture though traditionally, a whole wheat recipe is used. The following instructions and recipe will tell you how. With most cereal mixes, 1/3 cup to 6 tablespoons of cereal per loaf is about the right ratio. If you want soft cereal bits in your bread, soak the cereal for an hour in hot water before starting the bread. It’s not necessary but a nice touch. If you are baking bread in your bread machine on a three hour cycle, the long cycle will tend to …

How To Bake: Easy Challah (braided Bread)

While challah is a traditional bread baked for the Jewish Sabbath, it has become popular with everyone, everywhere. It’s attractive and has a firm, egg-rich texture that works for dinner, sandwiches, or French toast. It is typically braided with three, four, or six strands of dough. (The braided strands are symbolic of love.) Challah is really very easy to make, especially from a mix. There is a sense of satisfaction in working the dough by hand and crafting such an attractive bread and it certainly will impress guests. For this bread, we used a bread mix though you can braid nearly any bread—including your favorite recipe. We chose this mix because we wanted to make a very large loaf and …

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 …