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How to Make Light and Fluffy Bread at Home

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Nothing beats the aroma of a freshly baked, steaming, fluffy bread that you’ve made all by yourself. For those who have never tried to knead bread at home you will get to travel back in your childhood by following these tips and tricks on how to make fluffy and light bread.

Kneading the dough carefully

The secret to this recipe is that kneading dough releases the flour gluten elasticity. Kneading is no piece of cake, really. It has precise movements: press, pack, turn around at 90 degrees and repeat. You don’t have to be a mathematician, but you need some dexterity.While doing this the small air pockets are formed in the dough and by repeating this process several times, you will get an even fluffier dough. It’s true that you will not ever get the dough as fluffy as the one from the store, but it’s worth the effort. You know that is sufficiently kneaded when the surface acquires a smooth texture.

Leave it to rest

You won’t get anything done if you hurry. Light and fluffy bread takes time and patience, and you’ll hear this saying from many bakers around the world. If you think kneading the dough is hard, you’ll find it even harder to wait for it to grow nicely. It’s very important to have patience until the dough doubles its volume. Place it in a warm (not hot) bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel or a plastic foil and be patient. It will slowly start fermenting, as sugar feeds the yeast, and carbon dioxide is released and inflates the dough. If it’s not left for a sufficient amount of time the bread will be dense, compact, hard.

Kneading the dough again

Kneading the dough for the second time is important to release large air pockets formed while you were leavening it to rest, to evenly distribute the temperature and yeast. After kneading the dough it goes directly into the baking pan. The last step is setting the baking temperatures between 300 and 440F.

No time and no patience? Try the bread maker

If you don’t seem to have neither the time or patience to spend into the kitchen kneading the dough and baking the bread, we propose a quick solution: the bread maker. By using a bread machine, you will manage to make a fluffy and delicious bread within an hour or two, depending on what type of bread you’re wishing to make. Besides, it’s very easy to use a break maker, because you only need to place the ingredients inside the unit, set the timer and choose a specific baking cycle. On breadmaker.best you will find a lot of useful information that will help you choose a quality bread machine, in case you decide to buy such an appliance. Read the reviews posted on that site and see which machine sound more reliable.