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Sep 1, 2018

What Banneton Size Should You Use?

Banneton baskets are simply proofing baskets that give support, structure and shape to the dough during its final ris...

Sep 2, 2016

How to Knead Dough by Hand

Using a stand mixer is a convenient way to knead dough.  However, if one is not available or if you want to develop ...

Aug 17, 2016

How to Have Beautiful Spiral Patterns on Your Bread

For the last rise of the dough, you may transfer it to a banneton or brotform: a shallow, woven proofing basket. As t...

Jul 23, 2016

How the Amount of Sugar can Affect Activity of Yeast

Yeast feeds on sugar so by adding a tablespoon or two provides yeast a readily available food.  This increases yeast...

Jun 7, 2016

How to Tell if Your Dough is Properly Kneaded

Kneading requires a rhythmic gentle motion to provide opportunity for gluten to develop. It also incorporates air and...

May 9, 2016

When to Add Salt to Your Dough

Salt enriches flavor of your dough. It also strengthens gluten structure needed to hold carbon dioxide bubbles inside...

Apr 10, 2016

What is Gluten

When the dough is hydrated, glutenin and gliadin, two naturally occurring proteins in flour become flexible and start...

Mar 15, 2016

How to Have Big, Irregular Holes in Your Bread

At 80% hydration level, the water in the dough turns to steam creating hollow pockets as moisture evaporates, thus th...

Feb 17, 2016

Best Flour for Your Bread

You can choose flour with high protein content to produce bread with crispy crust and chewy crumbs.  If you want to ...

Feb 14, 2016

What is Hydration Level

The amount of water (or other liquid such as milk) added in a given amount of flour is called hydration.

Jan 18, 2016

What is Yeast

Yeast is a single celled microorganism that belongs to fungus kingdom. It’s everywhere – on plants and animals, in s...

Jan 12, 2016

How to Shape a Baguette Loaf

Shaping baguette loaf requires technique for proper proofing and achieving a beautiful looking loaf.  Ask different ...
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