I have been baking and cooking since i was little but i love to bake more. I have decided to make my own breads now. I have made 2 so far and both have come out heavy and a little dense. I first tried a free-form french baguette and my second was a basic rustic italian bread in a loaf pan. My first the baguette turned out better though but still heavy and a little dense. to make the baguette i did use a pizza stone and used water to make steam in the oven. I did not use a mixer for these i kneaded both by hand. i used the Gold Seal brand bread flour also i used yeast in the packs that you have to activate. I did make sure i got the measurements right for the yeast and all the ingredients. Anything that can help fix this would greatly be appreciated. Also if you know any really good bread recipes that would be awesome too.
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1/9/09 at 7:59pm