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What you need to make bread -- here are your ingredients

The process of making bread can be an overwhelming thought to some. There are seasoned cooks that have been known to cower in fear at just the thought of it. Fortunately, with a little practice, an understanding of instructions, proper measuring techniques, and a little bit of patience, making it can be a fun and rewarding process.

For prospective dough rollers, practice (and technique) makes perfect. So, roll up your sleeves and use our list of necessary ingredients below to get going on that perfect roll.

What You Need To Make Bread

The ingredients list is quite simple. You'll need:
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Yeast
  • Salt

Flour will provide the heft and structure for your creation. In technical terminology, if you're using wheat flour, it will contain gliadin and glutenin. These are two proteins, which in essence, help to make it rise when it comes into contact with water. When this happens, gluten is created, which is what allows the dough to grow, rise, and expand. 

The water will be a sort of catalyst for this whole thing. Without it, your dough will not look the same. According to the Reluctant Gourmet writer, try using harder water because it will produce more stable dough, as opposed to using soft water in the process.

The yeast will come as:

  • Fresh yeast
  • Rapid rise (instant) yeast
  • And active dry yeast

What does this all mean, you ask? Fresh yeast is more difficult to find and will sometimes go bad if left for long periods of time in the refrigerator. The rapid variety will be available to cooks in dry form. There's a loss of flavor, though, as it is meant to rise quickly, and thus cut down on preparation time.

According to the Reluctant Gourmet writer on his website, active dry yeast may just be the best option for those looking to make it. It's simply yeast that stays dormant until intermixed with water. And once added to water, let the rising of the dough begin.

Equipment To Make Rolls

In terms of what you need to make bread, if you thought the ingredients list above was simple, think again. At its most basic level, you'll need an oven and your hands for the roll-making process. A large bowl may come in handy as well. Potential other items from the kitchen (if you're averse to using your hands to knead):
  • Large spoon
  • Dough whisk
  • Bread machine
  • Stand mixer
  • Food processor
  • Baking stone
  • Loaf pans

Some of the above items are for those people who may get the bug and decide to make their own rolls on a regular basis. Kneading with your hands every time you want to make a loaf can get a little tiresome. Thus, loaf-making equipment can help to lessen the load on your hands and simplify the overall process.

How To Make the Actual Rolls

This process can get a little complicated. There will be scaling, mixing, fermenting, punching, dividing, rounding, benching, panning, proofing, baking, cooling, and eventually eating (which, hopefully, is the best part). Now, that's a long list. For some solid websites to visit in order to see each step drawn out for the potential maker, head over to Bread Experience and The Reluctant Gourmet.

They will lay out step-by-step instructions for the entire process. And don't get discouraged if you make a mistake or it doesn't come out as advertised. That's part of the fun -- The whole learning curve involved. Practice makes perfect, as they say. So, spend some time in the kitchen and learn something new. When you see that perfect loaf emerge from the oven, you'll be glad you did.


Bread Experience: Learn How To Make Bread.

Reluctant Gourmet: How To Make Bread.

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