Posted by Bee & John on July 21, 2013 at 5:50 AM
"But my bread didn't rise!" - "My Bread is hard", "my bread is too sticky.....
Sounds familiar? Here are some tips you might find useful
Getting Bread To Rise
It's winter, and in a fair portion of Australia it's cold... Not just outside, but our water is cold, our baking tins are cold.....
- Use slightly warmer water - it's ok to have warm, not tepid, water. NOT HOT - but 50oC water is fine, it will counteract the colder oil, flour etc.
- If you don't have a bread mat....
If you are using a tin or a tray - WARM it first. I don't know about you, but although we're warm in front of our heater, it is COLD in the cupboards and my tins are freezing. The bread WILL rise in a cold environment but VERY slowlyOnce you have tinned and/or shaped your bread let it rise again in a warm spot - make sure there are no drafts and it is either covered with something or coated with oil so it doesn't dry out
- Let the dough rise in the Thermomix Bowl (if you can spare it for 30-60 minutes) then knead for another 20-30 seconds and take out to tin or shape; or
- Let the bread dough rise in your Thermoserver (warm it first); or
- Put it into a warmed bowl - put some plastic wrap over the top and set it in the microwave with the light on; or
- Switch on the oven for a few minutes... then switch it off - it will keep the warmth.
My bread is dry
- Add some more liquid, a slightly sticky dough is a softer bread
- knead for an extra 30 seconds over what you do now
- roll out the dough, or handle the dough, with oil rather than flour so you don't dry out the dough
- did you cut the bread when it was hot? All that steam escaping is the moisture coming out of the bread - if you have to cut it while it is warm, cover with a tea towel to help keep it moist
- when the bread is cold put into a plastic bag
My Bread is sticky
- good. A sticky bread is a softer bread
- if there is heaps of sticky dough left of the blades, "flick" them off by using turbo for a second once or twice
- you can always add a little flour while it is kneading