Making Bread at Home is Easy with Mrs Rogers
Yes, it’s easy go to the bakery and buy a loaf of bread. However you will miss out on all the fun of maths, science, chemistry and a big dash of good home economics if you do.
Making bread at home is incredibly rewarding; there is the fulfilling process, the smell of fresh bread wafting through the house, not to mention the fact you can slice it warm and coat it with lots of butter and Vegemite. Glorious.
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Mrs Rogers Instant Dry Yeast
Active Dry Yeast
The best breadmaker is your oven!
Punching Down and Shaping
A bit more about the need to knead...
Kneading is a critical element and you really can’t over-knead. The more you knead, the more the gluten is released and the softer and more even your loaf will be.
To knead, activate your inner cat. Push and pull that dough until the texture changes. You will feel and see it. And you can’t really over-knead, so it’s ok to keep going. Let the kids have a go, after they have all washed their hands of course.
Prove you can do it...
Next, you need to prove the dough (we are not going to get into discussion on "proofing" vs "proving" here, that's what Google is for). Most prooving is done twice. Once initially and then again after the dough has risen. Proving is simply letting your dough rest, usually in a hot-water cupboard.
After proving, you can shape your dough into whatever shape you like. Plait it, twist it, roll it, add cheese and herbs to it, divide it into sections and drizzle pesto through it….be creative!