Be the Boss of Breadmaking

21/10/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

We know you can feel a little apprehensive at the thought of making your own bread. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a bread maker to achieve great results. No one can deny how scrumptious a homemade loaf fresh out of the oven can really be and all you need is a bit of time on your hands.  

Once again, the Morphy Richards Baking Surgery is at your service! We’ve collaborated with our brand ambassador Barry Lewis from My Virgin Kitchen to bring you some essential tips for bread making. Step outside of your comfort zone and release the Paul Hollywood within!

Get more baking hints and tips from our Barry Lewis at the Baking Surgery page.  #TogetherWellMakeIt

1. Swap your store bought yeast for something closer to home:

Try making a homemade starter, an alternative to store bought yeast, for a very traditional loaf – this is how our ancestors used to make bread after all. The store bought yeast will struggle to achieve the same level of taste, consistency and flavour. Sound complicated? We promise it’s not! All you need to do is mix an equal weight of flour and water together, place in a large jar and leave to sit for a few days. With a bit of patience you can make some legendary homemade bread.


2. Easy on the flour:

To ensure the perfect dough consistency, you have to be careful with the amount of flour you use. If it won’t shape into a ball, it’s probably too dry, so add a drop of water to moisten it up! The mixture should be sticky and firm so that when you come to knead it, it bonds together well and doesn’t separate during baking. 
We know it’s hard to resist the temptation of adding more flour during kneading, especially when you’re a newbie bread maker and you’re not sure how the dough should look. Barry suggests using small quantities of olive oil, melted butter or even water when proving the dough. Adjusting the quantities of flour can have a huge effect on the outcome. This is where we think this week’s Baking Surgery competition winner, Ruby Grawe, may have gone wrong (sorry Ruby!).



3. A dough hook is all you ‘knead’:

Kneading is one of the most important processes in bread making; it aids the development of gluten (a type of protein) which ensures springy and elastic dough. Traditional hands-on kneading can be tiring, especially if you’ve missed a few sessions at the gym and your arm strength is lacking! Once your ingredients are mixed together, attach the dough hook on the Total Control Stand Mixer, select the pre-programmed bread dough setting and let the machine do the work. The dough is ready for proving when it’s beautifully smooth and slightly tacky to touch.   


4. Give the dough plenty of time to prove:
Proving allows the bread to rise and this requires patience; it’s a good time for shopping or catching up with a friend over a coffee! Before you wander off, ensure your dough is in a large mixing bowl to allow plenty of room to rise and cover with cling film or a damp tea towel.  Find a cosy spot in your house, where there’s no draught, and allow the dough to rise for at least an hour - the recipe should state proving times so follow these. Ideally, the dough should have doubled in size. 


Once you’ve mastered baking your favourite loaf, why not challenge yourself and try making a homemade pizza or a traditional Italian Focaccia? 

If you're not quite ready to go it alone, why not try one of our breadmakers for all the home-baked goodness in a fraction of the time?

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