In this episode of the Stella Culinary School Podcast we kick off our bread baking lecture series with a lesson on the four ingredients needed to make bread. We discuss the science behind flour, water, yeast and salt and how it will affect your overall bread dough recipe.
In this episode:
The baker's percentage and why it's important.
Gluten and what role it plays in producing a great loaf of bread.
The difference between cake, active dry and instant dry yeast.
Salt's effect on gluten networks and yeast.
The role acidic, alkaline and hard waters play in dough development.
The different types of flour used for bread baking.
Books mentioned in the culinary quick tip (non-affiliate links):
Crust and Crumb by Peter Reinhart
The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart
Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
The Bread Builder's: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott
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