Homemade Bread Tips
How do you use yeast?
Yeast can be tricky at first, but once you learn how to proof yeast
, you should be all set. The trick is to make sure the water is not too hot. Don't go higher than about 110 degrees.
How do you knead bread? Kneading bread
is simple. Flour your worktop, then push, pull and stretch the dough until it's nice and smooth. When it's properly kneaded, the dough should be stretchy and smooth.
How do you proof bread? Proofing bread
allows the yeast to do its work to help the dough grow. To proof bread, place the bread in a greased bowl and let rest in a warm, humid environment until it doubles in size. If you're having trouble getting the dough to proof, use these proofing tricks
How do you store homemade bread?
You can store homemade bread
in a plastic bag or a bread box for maximum freshness. If you don't think you can finish it in a few days' time, you can also freeze bread
. Just wrap it up in plastic and pop in the freezer. It'll keep for a few months. If your bread has gone a bit stale, you can always use it to make homemade croutons
, French toast
or bread pudding
1 slice: 102 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.