So what are the tricks?
1. Yeast - make sure that the yeast is not expired. If activating, (active yeast) water must be lukewarm. If not you will kill the yeast and the bread won't rise. For instant yeast, just combine with the dry ingredients. But for me? I still activate the instant yeast. I've had experiences before that they didn't rise. I wasted all my ingredients. So, I suggest, activate the instant yeast to make sure.
2. Dough consistency - should be moderate stiff and elastic. Not hard and not heavy. Make sure when adding the rest of the flour, add it 1 tbsp at a time.
3. Dough rising - make sure to find the warmest place in your house. That's how your bread will rise beautifully. Cover with a damp cloth or food wrap to create moisture.
4. Baking - this bread can be baked at 350F for 18-20 minutes or at 325 for 22-25 minutes. Either way it works. But oven temperature varies so I suggest to check before the set time to avoid overbaking. Or invest in an oven thermometer to accurate temperature.
I hope the tips above gave you the confident to try baking breads. If you want more tips check out this article I wrote How to Bake Bread with Success. and if you are interested in trying some of my bread recipes, check this Bread and Baking Recipe index. Enjoy!
Cheese Bread with Buttermilk Crumbs
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