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What important things do I need to know about making bread?

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lisad123 Tue 06-Nov-12 14:29:11

Have a new mixer including a bread hook. I am just making basic loaf, need to know the basics?

What happens if I leave it in airing cupboard too long/too little

What good things can I add

How do you make tiger loaf?

I burnt my first loaf, how come when it was in shorter time than recommended.

dawntigga Thu 08-Nov-12 07:25:32

1) depends how long you leave it for if it's just a bit nothing really happens
2) absolutely anything you want, herbs/cheese/olives/sundried toms
3) [[ bread recipe]]
4) your oven has a hot spot, your oven temp isn't as acurate as you think, there was a bit too much sugar in your recipe, the loaf tin you used was a different shape, one of a million reasons, post the recipe for more in depth analysis.

There are LOADS of really good online recipes for bread:


dawntigga Thu 08-Nov-12 07:26:08

3 should read [[ tiger bread recipe]]

dawntigga Thu 08-Nov-12 07:26:56

grrrrrrrrrrr tiger bread recipe


lisad123 Thu 08-Nov-12 09:19:04

Thank you grin
I use just using the recipe from the bag of flour, but did put in too much sugar, so that explains the burning.
The second load look and tasted better but still not as light and airy as I would like, still quite heavy.
Will look and try those recipes later smile

Can I use olive oil instead of butter?

dawntigga Thu 08-Nov-12 10:14:51

If you want it to rise and be airy you need to beat the crap out of it - more kneading = nicer bread.

If I hand bake bread I'm usually mad as hell, I always need for 3-5 minutes longer than the mixer says.

If you're new I'd follow recipes rather than get creative - you can always mess about when you've found a bread recipe you love.


TheSkiingGardener Sat 17-Nov-12 08:53:33

It's all in the knead! It needs to get to that lovely smooth silky elastic stage, so knead it until it gets there.

UptoapointLordCopper Sat 17-Nov-12 19:01:19

It's not in the kneading. Dan Lepard's recipes never require much kneading. All his bread recipes that I tried work. Max 30s kneading spread out over 1/2 hour.

lisad123 Sat 17-Nov-12 20:37:44

Tried a few and best one so far is baking mad one grin

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