Mastering Bread–Advice from the 7 week Know-It-All

Here is my advice for you.

  1. If you plan on never buying bread again, plan on baking it everday!  Freshly baked bread at home does NOT last as long as store bought bread.  It gets hard.  And it can tear your mouth into pieces after 2 days.  And that’s being generous.
  2. Don’t worry about soggy bread (Andrew!).  Even if you don’t bake your artisan bread with steam, you will still have a crusty crust.
  3. Cutting your bread before it’s cool, gums up your knife.  And then when that happens, it not the best idea to KEEP cutting as it kind of tears the crumb off the crust.  Then, you are left with bread stuck to the knife and nowhere to put on the peanut butter and jelly.  Except the crust that is much to hard for the little superstars to eat.
  4. Remember to use your 5 minute dough within a week.  If you don’t, it continues to ferment.  I know that’s what sourdough is all about.  But this isn’t sourdough and it SHOULDN’T be sourdough bread!

Hopefully these hard learned lessons will help you in your pursuit of bread mastery!


About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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3 Responses to Mastering Bread–Advice from the 7 week Know-It-All

  1. ~Joy says:

    Sounds like you have been having a fun time learning to make bread:) I've been making homemade bread since I was about 15 ( being homeschooled, my mom made cooking and baking for our family into a class) I love making bread and especially eating it warm from the oven! I haven't tried any artisan bread before but it does sound yummy. Our favorite around here is my mom's Sweet Bread recipe, it makes four good sized loaves ( you do bake them in a bread pan) and is awesome to eat any way- especially sandwiches. Very soft bread that stays soft for about a week- if it makes it that long which it doesn't around here. Good luck on your Bread Adventure! I would be happy to send you some of my favorite bread recipes:)

  2. Leah says:

    You can “steam” bake your 5 minutes a day bread in a sauce pan or dutch oven with a lid on it. That is if you pre-heat the pan and lid in the oven for 15 minutes or something. But be careful to put the hot pan back in the oven to cool after baking or your hubby may grab the pan handle and burn his hand. Hypothetically.

  3. Jenny Aust says:

    Love you advice! I so second the advice about not cutting it too soon! Happy bread baking!

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