How Do You Make Bread Soft And Fluffy?

Because bread is available almost everywhere, we tend to give it little attention. As a food staple, we expect the quality to be just right, and the moment we do taste excellent bread, we wonder why our palates are so unfamiliar with it. Gathering insight from the best books for bread and reputable bakers, we’ve come up with a list of hacks to help you make soft and fluffy bread, perfect for tea time or as a side dish to soup.

Hacks For Making Soft And Fluffy Bread

The best books for bread can’t teach what experience can, and as you study different cultures, you’ll realize experience is a valuable teacher. But we will make learning easier for you with some of these techniques.

 

  • The Water Roux Technique

This Asian technique helps make soft and fluffy bread and started in Japan. It is made by mixing flour paste cooked in milk to the bread’s other ingredients, resulting in soft, tender, and fluffy bread. Roux is great for bread machines, oven-baked recipes, and yeast bread recipes.

 

NOTE: Some bakers prefer to mix it with milk instead of water. And according to expert advice, you should avoid mineral water since it significantly delays fermentation.

 

Creating the roux is simple. You just need to cook the flour mix with milk or water until moisture is absorbed to produce the gelatinous mix called a roux.

 

  • Step 1 – Take half a cup of cold water or milk and mix 3 tablespoons of bread flour.  Mix well until there are no visible lumps.
  • Step 2 – Microwave the mixture for 25 seconds. Remove it from the microwave and stir.
  • Step 3 – Microwave for another 10 seconds, remove and stir again. By this time, your roux should look like a thick, translucent soup.
  • Step 4 – Add the roux to the other wet ingredients and continue with the baking process.

 

Although it originated in Japan, this technique was popularized by a Chinese woman who published it in one of the best books for bread in the 1990s.

 

Want more baking hacks and tips? The pro bakers from Bella Cupcake Couture are happy to help you out. Go to www.bellacupcakecouture.com.

 

 

  • Bread Flour

Instead of using all-purpose flour, you can use bread flour when making soft and fluffy bread. Bread flour contains higher gluten content making the dough easier to work with. It allows the dough to rise while keeping it soft and fluffy. Unless you have dietary restrictions, choose the flour intended for bread.

 

 

  • Measure With Weights 

It’s a good idea to measure with weights instead of cups. Baking is a science for a reason, and if you want to make soft and fluffy bread, you should stick to the science of measurement. Measuring cups are not reliable all the time. Using too much flour, for example, results in heavy bread dough, defeating our goal to create soft and fluffy bread.

 

 

  • Use Room Temperature Water

Hot water prevents yeast from rising, resulting in poorly-made bread. To avoid this, we use lukewarm or room temperature water, so the yeast continues to bubble up, giving us a beautiful bread rise.

 

 

  • Check Your Oven

Making bread requires attention. Not all ovens function the same way, and keeping an eye on your bread will help you notice rapid browning to correct it at an early stage.

 

 

  • Knead Like You Mean It

Sufficient kneading helps make bread soft and fluffy, and one way to check that is to use the windowpane test. This test aims to see whether your dough yields a translucence like that of a windowpane.

 

  • Step 1 – Take a small ball of dough and stretch it out with your fingers.
  • Step 2 – Dough that breaks or tears easily is under kneaded and should be kneaded further.
  • Step 3 – Repeat the test after a few minutes of kneading to check sufficiency.

 

How To Make Soft And Fluffy Milk Buns

 

Let’s apply what we learned through this simple recipe:

 

  1. Add 125ml water to a saucepan and set the stove to medium heat.
  2. Add 25 grams of bread flour to the mixture.
  3. Stir to combine until it becomes a creamy texture, almost like a pudding. This mixture is your water roux.
  4. Let the roux cool to room temperature.
  5. While the roux is cooling, make the dough through a bread machine or stand mixer.
  6. Add 25ml of milk into your mixer with the roux.
  7. Add one egg, 1 tsp salt, and 3 tbsp sugar, and 1 tbsp milk powder.
  8. Add 350gms bread flour followed by bread machine yeast, if applicable.
  9. Add 30g soft butter wait for your dough to rise.
  10. Take it on a floured surface and make sure to add some flour on your hands to prevent the dough from sticking.
  11. Work the dough with your hands ensuring you remove any air.
  12. Cut the dough into 16 pieces and use a scale to check if the pieces are the same weight.
  13. Form your buns, place them in the pan and brush an egg wash on the buns’ surface.
  14. Bake in 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
  15. Remove the bread and place them on a cooling rack and sprinkle confectionary sugar if needed.

 

Want more baking hacks and tips? The pro bakers from Bella Cupcake Couture are happy to help you out. Go to www.bellacupcakecouture.com.

 

Conclusion

 

Soft and fluffy bread is an achievable task. By taking a few tried-and-tested hacks from the best books for bread together with baker tips and tricks, the perfect bread is more accessible than you think.

 

This is a guest post by Sharyl Miranda.

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