HINTS FOR BAKING BREAD
- Kneading the dough for 30 seconds after mixing improves the texture of baking powder breads.
- Use cooking oil in waffles and hot cakes in place of shortening. Oil will make your bread lighter.
- When the bread is baking, add a small dish or pan of water in the oven. The water will help keep the crust from getting hard.
- Dip a spoon in hot water to measure shortening and/or butter; if you do the full measure of your fat will slip off your spoon easily.
- When baking, you will get better results if you preheat the oven.
- Breads leavened with baking powder, or baking soda should not be beaten.
- When making breads leavened with baking powder and baking soda combine the eggs, liquid, and shortening, then stir in the dry ingredients mixing just enough to dampen the flour. Over mixing the bread makes it tough.
- To make sweet milk sour add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar to each cup of milk.
- To whip evaporated milk put the milk in the freezer until partially frozen. Pour the milk into a cold bowl, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and whip.
- How to make self-rising flour: 4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons baking powder. Mix well and store in a tightly covered container.
BREAD TEMPERATURE CHART
Bread Minutes Temperature
Loaf 50-60 350-400
Rolls 20-30 400-500
Biscuits 12-15 400-500
Cornbread 25-30 400-425
Nut Bread 50-75 325-350