Baking your own bread is not only a great way to support yourself, but also a creative activity. With the right ingredients, tools and a little time, anyone can make delicious homemade bread. In this blog post we share a simple bread recipe with you and give tips for the perfect bread dough.
Why bake bread yourself?
Baking bread yourself has many advantages. On the one hand, you know exactly which ingredients are contained in the bread and can do without artificial additives and preservatives. On the other hand, it is often cheaper than buying ready-made bread from the supermarket. You can also practice the art of baking bread as a hobby and live out your creativity.
The basic ingredients for a bread
For a simple bread you only need flour, water, yeast or sourdough and salt. Optionally, other ingredients such as nuts, seeds or herbs can be added.
Choosing the right flour
Choosing the right flour is crucial to the taste and texture of the bread. There are many different types of flour such as wheat flour, spelled flour, rye flour and wholemeal flour. Depending on the consistency you prefer, you can also mix different types of flour together. Using whole wheat flour or spelled flour will result in a healthier bread. Rye flour and sourdough add a more rustic flavor. Experiment with different types of flour to find the perfect texture and flavor for your bread.
Yeast dough vs. sourdough
There are two ways to make bread dough: with yeast or sourdough. Yeast dough is easier and quicker to make, while sourdough takes longer but provides better flavor and a longer shelf life.
Step-by-step instructions for a simple bread recipe
For a simple bread recipe you will need:
- 500g flour
- 10 grams of yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 300 ml lukewarm water
- Place the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre.
- Add the yeast to the lukewarm water and stir well.
- Pour the yeast mixture into the well and slowly stir in the flour from the sides.
- Add salt and knead vigorously until the dough is smooth and supple.
- Cover the dough and let it rest in a warm place for about 1 hour.
- Knead the dough vigorously again and shape it into the desired shape.
- Put the bread in a greased bread pan and let it rest covered for another 30 minutes.
- Bake the bread in a preheated oven at 220°C for about 40 minutes.
- Remove the bread from the mold and let cool on a wire rack.
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Baking with sourdough
Sourdough is an alternative to baker's yeast and gives bread a rustic flavor. However, it is a bit more complicated than using yeast. To make sourdough, mix flour and water and let it ferment in a warm place for a few days. The resulting sourdough is then used as a substitute for yeast.
Tips for the perfect bread dough
- The flour should always be added to the water slowly to avoid lumps forming.
- The dough should be kneaded vigorously to achieve good gluten development.
- The dough should be left covered in a warm place to rise.
- The bread should be scored before baking to prevent tearing during baking.
Choosing the bread pan
For a simple bread recipe, a simple loaf pan may be sufficient. However, there are many other shapes such as proofing baskets or baguette molds that are suitable for different types of bread. The shape you choose depends on the type of bread you want to bake. A round loaf pan works well for a traditional loaf, while an oblong shape works better for baguettes.
Variations for healthy and rustic bread
Whole wheat flour or various grains and seeds can be added for healthy bread. Rye flour or sourdough can be used for rustic bread.
Bread baking for beginners
Bread baking can be intimidating for a beginner, but there are plenty of easy recipes and tips to get you started. Start with a simple bread recipe and then slowly work your way up to more complex recipes. A good tip for beginners is also to follow the dough temperature and the resting times exactly to get the best result.
For crispy bread, it is important to spray the bread with water before baking. This helps create a crispy crust. Another way to get crispy bread is to use steam when baking.
Traditional bread can be made in a number of ways. For example, German Schwarzbrot is a dark bread made from rye flour and sourdough, while Italian ciabatta is a flat, crusty bread made from wheat flour. Just experiment with different bread recipes and discover the diversity of the art of baking.
Baking your own bread is a great way to support yourself while being creative. With this simple bread recipe and the tips for the perfect bread dough, every hobby baker can make delicious bread at home. Experiment with different types of flour and ingredients and find your personal favourite! The best thing about it is that you can customize the bread according to your own taste and preferences. Try it out and let your creativity run free!