- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: DK; Reprint edition (April 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756618894
- ISBN-13: 978-0756618896
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,658,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bread Paperback – April 30, 2007
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For beginners and intermediate bakers, there is an extensive section, "Baking Essentials," explaining the various ingredients and tools that are used in bread baking. In the section "Basic Techniques," the mechanics of mixing, proofing, kneading and illustrated and described in detail. Even experienced bakers can pick up some new tips and tricks for using starters and shaping techniques.
I especially appreciated the photographs and step-by-step instructions for braiding and making twists and knots for specialty breads and rolls. The page showing the before-and-after results of various types of glazes that can be used on breads will help the home baker decide which is appropriate for their finished products and is a good reference to use for recipes other than those in this book.
The recipes themselves go from basic breads using the bare minimum of basic ingredients all the way to enriched breads, flavored breads, quick breads, and breads for festive occasions that include fruit and nuts. There are many ethnic breads from which to choose including Pane Semola, Hungarian Potato Bread, Zopf, and Swedish Dill Bread to name a few. Several flat breads are included in addition to the more familiar leavened loaves.
The ingredients lists are given in both American standard cup measurements and by metric weight for most items, except for small amounts listed in teaspoons and tablespoons.
Some of the preparation instructions may seem to be a bit over the top and the more experienced bakers will probably make adjustments to the techniques to suit their style; however, less experienced bakers won't go wrong following the instructions in this book until they gain enough confidence in their own skills to make the changes that work for them.
This will be a great reference. I bought it for myself, and am buying it for two friends who are interested in bread and making it. I should also mention that is has some good fotos/regional descriptions of the 38 breads it features.
Get it if you are still learning.