How To Make Homemade Bread
Love homemade bread but never thought it would come out of your kitchen? Go from beginner to brag-worthy baker in 60 minutes.
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!
Beat The Clock
3. Go steam-powered: Baked goods like popovers don't need any additional ingredients to reach their dramatic height. As they bake, the liquid in the batter turns to steam, causing them to pop up in the pan.
4. Cheat a little: Start with store-bought dough (it'll be our secret!), then shape and flavor it however you like. Find three ideas on page 10.
Rule of Thumb: Your mixer's dough hook kneads shaggy, sticky dough into smooth dough ready for baking -- no elbow grease required.
Even though you can make these breads in under and hour, be patient and let your dough rise completely. This is what you'll want to see as your dough rises: some nice bubbles and plenty of puff.
Yeasty Pull Apart Rolls
Make sure your dough is nice and puffy, this will ensure light and pillowy soft rolls.
Brush your bread with a little melted butter before baking to give it a beautiful shiny, tasty top.
Savory Cream Muffins
These savory muffins are perfect for BLD--breakfast, lunch or dinner! Looking for something sweet? Top the muffins with a fruit jam or butter.
Don't Do the Twist
Stamp, don't twist: Spinning the cutter seals the edges and prevents the biscuit from rising fully.
Spiced Sweet Potato Biscuits
Sneak in some veggies with these hearty spiced biscuits. Try them alone or with a spread of butter, or get more creative and use them for your breakfast sandwich.
Cutting a cross on the top of your loaf before baking lets the heat sneak in, cooking the bread perfectly all the way through and letting your bread bake taller.
Cheddar Cheese Loaves
Who doesn't love cheese? These Cheddar Cheese Loaves are irresistible and a delicious accompaniment for any dish.
Six-ounce custard cups or ramekins make a good stand-in for a popover pan. Just line 'em up on a baking sheet.
Serve your favorite jam or butter with these popovers light and crusty.
Turn store-bought dough into treats pretty enough for any breadbasket in the next 3 treats!
Red Onion Pinwheels
These rolls are the savory sister of the cinnamon bun and full of swirls of flavor.
Try these salty pretzel-like sticks when you're tired of your normal breadstick!
Grapes add a bit of sweetness to this pillowy Italian bread.