Bread making is a skill that mankind has practiced for centuries, and is one of the cooking skills that has evolved over the years to fit changing cultures and tastes. The growth of this skill has brought a plethora of opinions on the best ways to make bread. Guy Allan Davis, a professional pastry chef and artisan bread maker, knows that it’s easy to get confused by all the information out there. However, at the core of all good baking skills are a number of tips that helped bakers get better.
It helps if you can read a bread book from cover to cover and try the recipes contained. If you like the result, try it again, and move to another recipe. It’s through reading that you get to discover the range of recipes and techniques that make for good baking.
If you want to make quality baked products, it helps to work with quality basic ingredients (flour, yeast, water, salt). You have to make a concerted effort at finding the best flour, pure water and yeast (salt is optional) for the best results.
Write everything down
The best bakers keep a note of everything they do, the ingredients they use, and how they went about the process. Doing this helps them see what works and what doesn’t.