Bake bread yourself
Baking bread yourself - what makes bread dough and how do you bake bread yourself? Bread dough is very flexible and is divided into unleavened and leavened bread. You can find out which bread becomes your favorite bread here.
Baking bread yourself is not difficult if you keep a few things in mind. (Photo by: kozak-salo / fotolia.com)
In the past, bread was baked exclusively by yourself, today a loaf of bread from the home oven is considered a rare pleasure and relaxation project for an afternoon. Bread dough is a little different to handling than cake dough, but is still suitable for beginners and also offers kitchen professionals more than enough space for experiments.
What should you watch out for when baking bread and how does a delicious fresh bread come out of your own oven?
What makes bread dough?
Most bread doughs contain real yeast . Like baking powder, this ensures that the bread rises, but this already happens during a rest phase that every bread dough needs.
Germ is easy to use nowadays, it is simply added to the bread dough and then it can usually rest for several hours or overnight. Many bread doughs need heat to do this, so you can place them covered in a bowl on the heater.
It is gratifying for many amateur cooks and bakers that bread dough is fundamentally very flexible. For example, it can contain additives such as:
be refined, or other types of flour changed in their basic consistency. All this changes little in the bread dough itself or in its preparation. The types of dough, however, can be very different:
- Unleavened bread
- Leavened bread
The unleavened breads are flat breads because they do not use any leavening agents. The basic ingredients for this are flour or crushed grain and water.
The flatbread is considered the oldest and most common type of bread worldwide. Acidified bread is loosened up nicely with a leavening agent. They are divided into three types of dough:
- Sour Dough Bread
- Yeast dough bread
- Bread with baking powder
In our picture gallery you will learn how to prepare bread step by step:
Homemade white bread
More important information Tips and tricks for baking bread!
Bread maker - is that necessary?
There is pretty much every type of machine for the kitchen. If you don't want that, you don't even have to cook yourself, a smorgasbord of cutting tools, mixers and automatic cooking pots could do it for you.
Bread baking machines are certainly practical for lovers of homemade bread, but they do not always have the time to set the oven exactly right or their ovens are often filled with other things. But they are only worthwhile if you regularly bake bread yourself. It is best to stick to the oven to try it out, because it can bake bread just as effectively as the specially made bread baking machine.
Be sure to note: bread dough rest time
When baking bread, the resting time and the raising agent are decisive. (Photo by: igorartmd / fotolia.com)
Rest time ? It won't be that important! At least, that's what many bread beginners think and are then amazed why the bread doesn't rise. With some recipes that prescribe a rest period for individual ingredients, this is sometimes not really so important, but only ensures that it gets a little better. It is different with bread, it must not be shortened or even left out entirely. The reason is the yeast contained in the bread dough.
In contrast to baking powder, it does not only work through heat when baking, but also makes the dough airy and fluffy beforehand. This takes some time and this time the Germ can not catch up in the oven.
Some bread recipes are already trying to use baking powder because it does not need a rest phase, but such bread always tastes a little different than the classic bread dough variant with yeast.