Baking Better Bread

Baking Better Bread

Bread – it’s one of our most beloved foods. It’s the perfect companion to almost any recipe and it has its familiar spot on just about every table. We can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anything in between. We use the dough in cakes, muffins, loaves and more. We do more than just eat bread; we use it as a means to gather and share. We break bread together.

That means we can also bake bread together.

Most people buy bread in the store or at a bakery, but, believe it or not, you can have the savory smell of baking bread to waft through your own house without slaving for hours in the kitchen. There are three main categories of breads you bake at home:

Yeast-raised dough: The yeast is used as the leavening agent, taking several hours and several stages to help the dough rise. Buns, rolls and breads are all common yeast-rising recipes.

Laminated breads: Bakers will get a forearm workout with all the flipping and folding involved with this type of dough. Flaky, puffy dough is used to create mouth-watering desserts like baklava, strudel and spanakopita.

Quick breads: These recipes span a landscape of baked goods – from biscuits to scones, muffins to loaves. They called “quick” because they must be cooked right after the ingredients are mixed. They don’t use yeast or eggs to rise.

Since we’re looking for a way to make nutritious homemade bread in a short time, let’s rule yeasts and laminates out. For the novice baker or someone who wants to squeeze homemade dumplings into an already busy day, quick breads are the way to go. Typical quick bread ingredients include:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk or warm water
  • Salt and sugar (depending on the result – donuts or scones might call for more sweet)
  • A leavening agent, such as Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • Butter or vegetable oil
  • Sometimes eggs

Proportions all vary depending on the type of bread you’re baking. In order to bake bread that comes out moist and flavorful from crust to crumb, you need to learn how these raw ingredients work together.

Biscuits

Everyone should know how to create fabulous light and fluffy biscuits. From breakfast to dinner, quick bread biscuits are moist and flavorful without being heavy. Plus, skipping the yeast step cuts down your prep time by hours so you can sleep in a little later.

Clabber Girl Baking Powder and cream of tartar make this flavorful biscuit recipe a total crowd pleaser.

Piecrusts

Get ready to say goodbye to store bought crusts for good. We may be biased, but we think homemade crusts make pies taste even better. This quick bread pie crust recipe bakes beautifully and is extra special – cream cheese makes for an unforgettable flavor.

Flatbreads

Homemade flatbread is an all-star dish, the perfect companion for pasta, soup, salads and more. It’s easy to get creative with the flavor; you can make it plain for the perfect BLT or heighten it up with spices and seasonings. Ditch the delivery by trying out this amazing onion flatbread recipe as the crust for your next pizza night.

Here at Clabber Girl we know for a fact – if you bake it, the family will come! Gather your loved ones around the table with a new dish from our online recipe box.