Simple Bread Baking Ideas
Homemade bread is a lot different than the bread that you may usually buy in the supermarket. It tastes, smells and looks better, and it is surprisingly simple to make. Nothing is more satisfying than making a great batch of homemade bread. Whether it’s for dinner or breakfast, or as an afternoon treat, nothing beats homemade bread. After you have discovered how easy it is to make homemade bread, and after your family discovers how good it is, you may never buy grocery store bread again.
Let’s talk about how to bake bread at home, with the help of a stand mixer. First, we need to get a loaf pan (which is what you would use to bake the actual bread). You can choose any size loaf pan, but for our bread baking adventure, I would suggest a traditional 9″ X 5″ loaf pan. These pans are made in a wide variety of materials, you can choose which one works best for you. Every good baker has a good set of bake ware.
You Can Use A Stand Mixer When Baking Bread
Next, we are going to use a stand mixer. I prefer to have my mixer set on the lowest speed. If you use the paddle attachment on your machine, I would go with the low setting. Using a wooden spoon for your bread pan will help stir your batter evenly.
Then, you want to mix your dry ingredients (flour, salt, yeast, etc.) until they are all sifted together. Once you have your dry ingredients mixed, you’re ready to actually start mixing the bread mixture into stand mixer’s large bowl. Add your wet ingredients (water, yeast, etc.) and mix them together just until they form a smooth, velvety dough.
A good stand mixer will have a bread dough hook, and you can use this to knead the dough. Or, you can go old school and knead the dough by hand on a floured surface. Some traditionalists hate the idea of kneading with a stand mixer, but it gets the job done well with a lot less physical effort.
Lastly, you will want to place your dough in your oven. You will want to preheat the oven according to the instructions on your specific bread recipe. Most recipes call for 350 degrees, but mine usually works better around 400. Once your bread is done, it will have a golden top and will make a “thunk” noise when you rap the top with a finger. Let the bread cool completely before trying to remove it from the pan, you will find it is less prone to sticking.
Flour, water, yeast, salt and sugar. These are the core ingredients for bread, simple and basic. Now, just take some time, use these ingredients, and enjoy the pleasures of homemade bread.