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Baking Bread: The Basics

This post is designed to give you a brief introduction to bread baking. If you’ve never baked bread before do not be intimidated. You can never go wrong. Sometimes your dough may be wetter than intended, in which case you’ll have more air-bubbles in the bread. Sometimes the dough will be heavier than intended, in which case your bread will be denser.  Sometimes you’ll have added too little salt and the bread will taste bland (very disappointing). Sometimes too much salt is added by mistake and the loaf ends up as bread-crumbs to garnish a savoury dish. You rarely repeat the same mistake twice. Just have faith that whatever dough you make, what ever shape you form, whatever additions you add, freshly baked home-made bread will taste good regardless of whether you have followed the recipe down to the last –t or not. Baking bread – more so than with pastries, cakes or biscuits – is an intuitive process and for the sourdough recipe, at least, I prefer baking by volume (cups) rather than by …