New to Homemade Bread ... Crumbly Bread?
I just started making homemade bread last weekend. Our preist came over and taught us how to make a basic loaf. I grew up with my mother always making bread in a bread machine. The aroma that would fill our home was almost captivating! Anyway ... I'm having fun with it. I've made 4 loaves so far and each has turned out wonderful. I even braided a few. In the last 2 loaves I made I put a little honey in it ... talk about yum!
I've got a question though ... How can I keep my bread from becoming to crumbly? I do not want to buy store bought bread anymore. But, in order to do that I cannot have my loaves be crumbly. Primarily because my husband cannot get crumbs all over his suit at work. Plus, it leaves a bit of a mess.
I use 4 cups white flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 2 1/2 cups water, 2 tsp yeast, and 2 tsp salt. (I'm writting this from memory...but I'm sure this is pretty close to the actual recipe I've been using). :-)