How To Make Good Loaf Bread ??

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    Keep fiddling with the ratio of wet to dry ingredients. The dough on first kneading should be almost too sticky so you use just a pinch of flour to keep it from sticking to your hands. Too much flour and the dough will be tough.
     
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    I Prolly Wound Up With 4c Flour, To 2c Wet

    This Is Also The First Time
    Both Rises Went Out Of My Bowl
    I Used 2 Rise And Knead Cycles

    Next Time I Think I'll Use Bread Pans
    And Let Them Rise A 3rd Time

    I Attempted These Pretzel Breads
    Mine Weren't Quite So Nice And Domed
    Pretzel Bread

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    To make good bread:

    - Buy the high quality BREAD flour (and don't use flour that's been sitting around getting stale for awhile). I like Bob's Redmill, but King Arthur's is also good.
    - When mixing up to the point you can kneed it, be sure to keep it a bit sticky.
    - Dont overbake.
     
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    I don't know if risking three times is the proper thing - unless the recipe actually calls for it. Over-rising the dough exhausts the yeast, resulting in lack of oven spring when baking the loaf.
     
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    Baking's Gonna Kill 'Em Anyway, Right ??
    I Think I'll See If It Rises Well The Third Time
    If It Don't, It's Just Flour & Water

    I'l Toss It Out, Or Make Crackers !!
     
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    Well, it's your dough. But rather a waste of time to just ruin it.
     
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    Agreed! That stuff sitting on the shelf at Safeway is months old. Look for better quality flour or ... do what I do. I buy hard red wheat berries in bulk and grind my own flour with an electric mill.

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    When stored in an airtight container, wheat berries will stay good for years. By grinding what you need, when you need it, you're guaranteed fresh flour and it tastes so much better.
     
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    I would love to have a mill and grind my own flour. I plan to do that when I stop working fulltime.
     
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    Grinding a few cups of flour for bread takes me less time than running to the Safeway.
     
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    I just don't bake often enough to justify taking up the counter space in an already crowded kitchen. But someday, we're going to build a ranch house in a rural spot with a huge kitchen - great room. Then I'll get more bread-making gear.
     

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