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My first loaf (and 2nd 3rd ) and disaster

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ajay.bansal

My first loaf (and 2nd 3rd ) and disaster

Hi All,

My name is ajay and i have started bakiing some monthe back. Have been baking cakes till now and they have turned out to be quite ok.

 

I wanted to up the ante tried baking bread over the weekend. I followedthe recipie from here

 

http://www.cookingandme.com/2009/04/simple-white-bread-step-by-step-recipe.html

 

everything was good till the time i baked. Used Microwave - convection and 180 degree (celcius) temprature. Baked for about 40 min. Bread doesnt bake completely. i could still smell yeast.

 

What could be the problems?

 

-Ajay

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carefreebaker

Did you say you baked your bread dough in a microwave?

Try again to make bread but go to the top of The Fresh Loaf page and use a recipe from the Lessons section.

 

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Ford

I would guess that the loaf was not done.  I bake at 450°Ï (232°) for 15 minutes then 350°F (177°C) for 40 minutes when I bake sandwich bread (using a loaf pan).  The interior temperature of the bread reaches 190-195°F (~91°C)  I suggest you check the interior temperature of the loaf when you bake and also the oven temperature.  Oven temperatures can be way off from the set points on the exterior dial.

Ford

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Wild-Yeast

Think about what you just posted...,

Wild-Yeast

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Ford

Hello wild yeast,  are you refering to me?  What is your point?

Ford

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Wild-Yeast

No Ford. Point is baking bread in a microwave - not recommended.

Wild-Yeast

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ajay.bansal

However, before I go and spend money of a proper oven, I want to bake a decent bread in Micro. And I have baked some really nice cakes (using basic matrial).

One thing that is coming to me is that in Micro convection, you have to use higher temprature rather then recommended.

-Ajay

 

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RobynNZ

Hello Ajay 

Are you using microwaves when you bake?

I don't think so,  because you mention baking at 180°C. I assume that are you using the convection function of a small convection microwave oven (an oven that can be used either as a microwave oven OR as a convection oven).

The bread in the recipe you linked to was cooked in an oven which had been preheated to  200°C. I wonder why you decided to use a lower temperature?

Was there anything else that you changed? Ingredients? Technique? The first time you follow someone else's recipe it is better to keep to their method/ingredients. 

There are many people contributing to TFL who use small bench top  type ovens to bake their bread successfully. You should be fine using your oven in convection mode too.  Rotation won't be a problem, it will give even baking. Just be sure not to engage any of the microwave function of your oven, as others have pointed out it is not easy making bread with microwaves. Use the temperature recommended.

Are you sure that the temperature in your oven is the same as you have set it for? It might be helpful if you could check the temperature dial is accurate by using an oven thermometer. Presumably you had no problem with temperature when following cake recipes, so it is probably OK. 

I agree with carefreebaker, take a look at the lessons section here on TFL:

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/lessons

read through lesson one and make the lesson one bread, following Floyd's instructions. Reading the comments section for lesson one is helpful too, you can read about things which have confused or troubled other new bread bakers, hopefully this will be useful for you. Baking bread is quite different to cake making. With practise you will get more familiar with bread baking techniques. 

Come back and let us know how you get on with the lesson one loaf. There are many kind people contributing to TFL who will give you some guidance if you have more questions.

Cheers, Robyn

  
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ajay.bansal

It is a convection based microwave. When bake happens, it rotates. can that be culprit?

 

@Ford : Thanks. I think that could be reason. I should set high temprature. As I am newbie, how do you check interior temprature of loaf?

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bakingyummies

since I bake most of my breads at 180 degrees C. However, it would take about an hour and you said you baked it for 40 mins, so that could be a problem. You can check the interior temperature of a loaf by using an instant read food thermometer(sould read 95 degrees C at least). If you don't have one, tap the bottom of the loaf. It should sound hollow when it's done.