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Bread-Making Tips and Recipes

Follow these bread-making tips to develop your baking skills and make delicious yeast breads such as crumpets or brioche muffins.

If bread is the staff of life, then “Simply Great Breads” by renowned artisanal baker Daniel Leader is every home baker’s must-have cookbook. Featuring an amazing array of incredible delicacies made with yeast, it’s the perfect combination of easy and sophisticated recipes, with the keys to unlocking basics of working with yeasted doughs.
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Too much kneading can overheat your dough, leading to over-fermentation. Even when a bubbly crumb is desired, as with ciabatta, it can be achieved by kneading minimally and then giving the dough a turn.
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Remember, there is absolutely no work involved in letting your dough sit on the countertop to reap a lower temperature, a slower fermentation process and, therefore, more flavorful bread.
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Tea and crumpets is a classic breakfast.
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Shaping brioche in the traditional way requires a special technique and pan.
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Every time I treat myself to a fresh slice of brioche, with a cup of strong coffee, I get as much pleasure as I did when I first discovered this bread.
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