How To Make Homemade Bread

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Learn how to make freshly baked bread in under an hour. These easy tips and fast recipes will show you how you can become an instant expert, homemade bread baker.

Recipes by Tracey Seaman, Text by Nina Elder, Photography by Ryan Liebe

Getting Started
Getting Started

To get beautiful bread in just 60 minutes, you've gotta bake smart. Here's 4 tips to pull it off:

1. Kick-start your dough: If you're using yeast, keeping the dough extra-warm and cozy can slash your rising time in half. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, turn it off, then stick in the dough. The heat encourages the yeast to gobble up the sugars in the dough and release carbon dioxide, which causes the dough to puff up.

2. Skip the yeast: Baking soda and baking powder can also give breads a boost -- and there's no waiting for the dough to rise. Baking soda needs something acidic (buttermilk, molasses) to create its loft. Baking powder is even easier -- it rises on its own.

Rule of Thumb: Baking is a science, which means accurate measurements are important. Embrace your measuring spoons!

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