Basic bread making techniques.

There are so many reasons to enjoy bread, but the best reason is because it is delicious. Another reason is that it is inexpensive to make at home. Bread making can be a bit time consuming but worth the effort if you enjoy fresh bread. 

It depends on who you ask which bread making technique is the best. Some people believe going to the store and buying bread is the best option. If you are one of those people, then perhaps learning a little bit about the bread making techniques will change your mind. Who knows, you could become the next great bread baker in your family!

Traditional (knead by hand)

This is what many people think of when they hear homemade bread. This technique calls for the dough to be kneaded by hand and then allowed to rise, then punched down to remove air. The dough rises again, which is called proofing, and should double in size. Then you are ready to bake it!

When making certain types of bread recipes, you may also have to stretch the dough. There is a lot involved in the traditional bread making technique. It is not very hard to knead the dough and punch it down, in fact some people might find it kind of fun!  

Stir down method (no knead)

This technique is used for thinner, batter like breads. Stirring down means to take a wooden spoon and stir the dough after it has risen the first time. Then beat it a few times and spoon into a loaf pan and let rise a second time. The proofing usually doesn’t take very long. 

The stir down method is much less physically demanding than the traditional method. The dough in the stir down method tends to be sticky. This is because it is moister than traditional dough. You can have your bread a little faster using recipes that utilize no kneading. 

Bread maker

The bread maker might be a shameful secret in some bakers´ eyes. However, it is one of the handiest appliances in the kitchen for convenience. The bread tastes wonderful, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen and clean up is a cinch! No kneading, no stirring and no fuss. 

The one thing about using a bread maker is that you have to follow the recipe and manufacturer’s directions to the letter. Simply add the ingredients as listed and then set it and let it go. You also still get to enjoy that fresh baked bread aroma wafting through your home. 

The smell of freshly baked bread is unlike any other smell in the kitchen. It lingers in the air and wafts through the entire home. If that smell doesn’t make your loved ones come running to the dinner table, nothing will. Well, almost nothing anyway. 

There are two basic techniques for making bread. Kneading by hand and no knead are the two basic methods. There are other techniques that stem from both, but these are a good starting point.

The bread maker is here as a courtesy suggestion for those people who are simply too tired, after a long day, to make bread by hand. Besides, bread from a bread maker can be pretty good too. No matter how you make your bread, enjoy it.