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Bake Goods Fast And Easy At Home?

Bake Goods Fast And Easy At Home?

Whether you bake bread and cakes yourself or buy them ready-made, smart storage will enable you to keep baked goods fresh and appetizing for as long as possible. Bread and most cakes can also be frozen successfully.

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You may not always be able to buy fresh bread every day, but it is possible to keep bread fresh for several days if you follow a few commonsense rules. Good air circulation is necessary to prevent bread from becoming stale or moldy in storage, or from drying out.

Reviving Stale Loaves of Bread
Adding garlic butter:Cut a stale French loaf in thick slices almost to the base, then spread garlic butter between the slices. Wrap in foil, and bake in a hot oven for 8-10 minutes.

Steaming in a pan:Place a slightly stale loaf of bread in a colander over a pan holding a small amount of boiling water. Cover with the pan lid until the bread is warmed by the steam.

Preventing Staleness
Adding fat: For moist, home- baked bread that will keep well, add 1 tbsp (15 g) fat to every 4 cups (500 g) flour.
Cooling bread: Always cool freshly baked bread before storing because condensation would encourage mold.
Allowing air circulation: Stand a bread crock on a triangular wooden pot stand or brick to increase air circulation.
Scalding a bread crock: If you always store bread in an earthenware bread crock or metal bread box, scald the crock or box regularly with boiling water to kill any mold spores, then dry thoroughly.

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Keeping bread fresh:If you do not have a bread box or crock, use a cotton drawstring bag to store a loaf of bread. Wash and dry the bag between uses, to prevent mold frorn leveloping.

Freezing Bread
Separating slices: Before freezing sliced bread, place waxed paper between the slices so that you can remove them without having to thaw the whole loaf.

Keeping crust: Freeze crusty bread such as French baguettes for no longer than 7-10 days. If it is frozen longer, the crust will begin to flake off.
Freezing dough: Freeze unrisen bread dough for up to one month and thaw for about six hours at room temperature, let rise, and bake.
Thawing: Thaw bread loaves and rolls in a warm oven, and they will be crisp and fragrant, like freshly baked bread.

Making a bread crock:If you have nowhere to store a loaf of bread, place the loaf on a wooden bread board, and cover with an upturned earthenware bowl. Alternatively, wrap the loaf in a clean, dry dish towel.

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