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Bread Texture question

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by yotetrapper, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of the recipes for bread I have ever attempted to make turned out "heavy". I dont mind that heavy texture, but for sandwhiches my dh doesnt like it so much.... guess everyone's gotten used to store bought bread. Does anyone have a recipe for a "lighter" sandwhich type bread, or is the heaviness caused by somethign I'm doing wrong, or is all homemade bread heavy like that? Thanks

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  2. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Add wheat gluten. Makes all the difference.
     
  3. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that found in the grocery by the flour?
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Wheat gluten aka vital wheat gluten aka gluten flour might be in the baking section of the grocery store, or you might have to go to a healthy/crunchy/natural type food store. It is often sold in bulk. Add something like 1-4 Tbsp per 2-3 lb bread recipe.

    You're not going to be able to make homemade bread as light and 'marshmallowy' as typical commercial bread, though (that sort of 'wonder bread' texture). Especially not if you use whole wheat. If they don't like it, try reducing the % of whole wheat flour.

    Also make sure you're not using too much water (even a difference of a Tbsp or two can make a difference), since that will make it denser and more, I dunno, like foam rubber sort of [​IMG]

    Have fun,

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  5. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have had luck adding a whole grain mix that I get at the health food store. It makes the bread healthy as well as gives is a nice texture. Seems a lot lighter too.
     
  6. halo

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    I get wheat gluten in the flour section of my grocery store. Comes in a small box.
     
  7. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys! I found the gluten in my flour aisle. I'll try it out next time I make bread!

    Ang
     

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