Baking Advice for the Budding Bread Maker: Just Jump In!

Bread Basket Bread seems to have a magical effect on us humans.  It has been a way of life, a form of currency and a universal "leveler" for generation after generation.  We "break bread" with our loved ones to...

Bread Basket
Bread Basket

Bread seems to have a magical effect on us humans.  It has been a way of life, a form of currency and a universal "leveler" for generation after generation.  We "break bread" with our loved ones to signify our affection and unity, and we work for "our daily bread" each day to survive.  Yet, for many of us, making our own bread--without the aid of pre-made mixes, or a bread machine--can seem rather daunting.  Often the "chore" of bread baking gets relegated to something "our grandmother did," or something to try when we have more time, or patience.

Homemade bread doesn't have to be the difficult task it seems on first inspection, even without the use of a fancy bread machine, or the help of an experienced artisan baker.  The truth of the matter is the only "difficult" part of making bread lies in allowing for the rise times.  An average bread recipe requires "bloom" time (when the yeast, warm water and either sugar, or small amount of flour, comes alive to form the bubbles that will later help your bread to rise), an initial post-kneading rise, and a final rise before baking.  Most breads will have a total of around 1-2 hours rise time before the bread goes in to the oven, making the total preparation time anywhere from one, to two and half "intimidating" hours.

Yet, with the right planning, the actual work portion of making bread is as easy as mixing ingredients, kneading, forming and then baking the loaves in the oven.  Finding the time to allow bread to rise while doing other chores--such as running to the store, or folding a load of laundry--can make your weekend transform from average to amazing with the pure satisfaction that comes with biting into the perfect loaf of honey whole wheat, a sweet challah, or a crusty french loaf.

Of course, there are many tools that can help you on your quest to becoming a master bread baker.  From a Component Design Meat and Yeast Thermometer,  which helps ensure  your yeast is blooming at the right temperature to a Fox Run French Bread Pan, perfect for baking crusty baguettes and loaves, Cilantro, The Cooks Shop carries a fantastic selection of everything you could need for baking bread and more.   You can even improve upon the finished product with our top of the line bread knives, or delicious bread dippers!

Branching out to bread making should never be intimidating.  The best baking advice one could ever receive while preparing their first loaf of bread is simply to jump in and do it.  Once the first loaf is baked, the rest will come easier and easier with each successive loaf.  Soon enough, finding the time to whip up a handcrafted loaf of pain de campagne, Amish white, or sourdough will become a cherished Sundaytradition along with pancakes, strong coffee and a good crossword.

Contact us today to discuss the many different items Cilantro, The Cooks Shop carries which are perfect for the budding, and expert bread maker in all of us!