Bread Baking Made Easy
by Beth Scott
Don't you just hate it when you follow a recipe to the letter and when the
bread baking is finished the bread not only looks nothing like the recipe books
picture, but tastes terrible as well?
There is no denying that bread baking as with baking anything is a delicate
Bread baking involves so many things that first time bakers are often
discouraged after a few failed attempts to turn out professional looking and
Little do they realize that if they only possessed the professional Bakers
secrets bread baking would be so easy that the bread would practically make
For instance: How many amateur bakers know the secret to keeping bread from
sticking to the pan every time?
None! So when they try their hand at bread baking for the first time their
bread sticks to the bread pan, and ends up a crumbled mess if they try to force
Then they cry and give up thinking that the problem lies with them.
The shocking truth is that it doesn't!
The problem lies with their lack of knowledge of THE bakers bread baking
secret. The secret professional chefs and bakers wont tell you, the secret they
guard so jealously.
My father happened to learn this bread baking secret in his younger baking days
(which is no surprise since his great great grandfather was a chef for the White
House and owned his own bakery) and has passed it on to his children ever since.
Okay, okay, I know you are probably screaming at me by now Beth, get on with it!
Tell us the bread baking secret already!
So here it is; You will need only one tool besides for the oil and bread pan you
already have, and that is quite simply CORNMEAL (you shouldn't need more than
1/4 to 1/2 cup for two loaves of bread).
Cornmeal? You ask doubtfully. YES, cornmeal!
No, you do not add the cornmeal to the bread ingredients! That is not the
bread baking secret.
What you do is you oil your pan as usual, and you lightly sprinkle cornmeal on
all of the sides and bottom inside of the bread pan.
Now you can safely place your bread dough into the pans without fear of it
sticking to them.
While your bread is baking, instead of sticking to the pan, your bread will
stick to the cornmeal and slide easily out of the pan when done baking.
You may need to use a butter knife and slide it in between the pan and the bread
before turning the pan over and allowing your bread to pop out.
A lot of the time this will be unnecessary however and your bread will pop out
just by your turning the bread pan upside down.
You will probably also want to use the butter knife to scrape the excess
cornmeal off the bottom and sides of the bread as you may not care for the taste
This bread baking secret will work whether you are baking a batter bread or a
rising bread (also called yeast bread). I personally use it for both.
Here is another treasured bread baking secret, this one only for batter breads:
On the last ten minutes of its baking time cover the bread pan containing the
batter bread with another bread pan (a steel bread pan works best), and leave it
on until the bread is finished baking.
This will keep the batter bread from burning or becoming too hard on top.
You may vary the time you leave the steel bread pan on according to how your
batter bread usually looks when it is finished.
If it is a very dark brown on top and difficult to slice because the top is so
hard, then 20 minutes will work best. But if it is just a little too hard
on top and a little too brown the 10 minutes should suffice.
Do not cover the bread at all if it usually comes out golden and soft on top
after the baking is completed.
You may also glaze a batter bread on top with a tablespoon of melted butter
mixed with a tablespoon of honey, and sprinkle some flaked coconut or sliced
nuts on top of that.
To glaze you start by taking the bread out of the oven five minutes before the
required baking time is finished, then spread the butter/honey mixture on top of
the bread, sprinkle on your coconut or chopped nuts and bake for the remaining 5
Here is another useful bread baking tip for rising breads:
If your bread loaves over rise (say because you were busy and forgot about
them), then you can use a pair of scissors to cut off the excess sides, being
careful not to cut any dough from off of the top.
You may then use this excess dough to make rolls. You simply oil a pizza
or cookie sheet and form the dough into several small balls.
Rise them for another half hour and then bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15
to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Do yourself a favor and put these tried and tested bread baking secrets
immediately to use in your kitchen, and your family will rave over the results.
Beth teaches bread baking how-to's so simply that with her new eBook ANYONE can
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