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Microwave Baking

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Bluwberry

Microwave Baking

Is it possible to bake good bread in a microwave oven?  

 

 

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pmccool

Yes, the dough will cook.  However, it won't have a crisp, nicely browned crust.  That requires the surrounding air to be at a baking temperature, which does not occur in a standard microwave oven.  The finished bread will have a pale, pasty appearance.  

If you have an oven that combines microwave and other cooking modes, the story might be different. 

Paul

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Bluwberry

Thank you Paul, I appreciate your comments.

I guess I'll just have to continue to share the family kitchen stove oven with my wife.  She gets the upper hand when all five boys, their wives and children come for Holiday celebrations. I like a chewy, crispy crust and the shine of an egg wash   and that will not work with rolls from a MW.

Bluwberry

 

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tgrayson

Just bake your bread a day or two before and freeze it.

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Bluwberry

Wisdom often comes in the simplest forms.

Why didn't I think of that?

Thank you very much.

Bluwberry

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jameseng

As an alternative to the simple freezing your bread method, you might want to:

1) Build a new addition to your house. 2) Fortify the new addition with a kitchen space. 3) Equip your kitchen space with a deck oven and a walk-in refrigerator and freezer space (for freezing your breads). 4) Optional: You might want to secure the entrance way to your new baking oasis with one of those doors that will only open with a  laser scan of your palm print or eye ball (like in the movies).

With this plan you are sure to coexist perfectly with your spouse! Wishing you much luck with your baking!

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barryallen

There are some baking on microwave I've seen Gemma on Youtube do. Looks great but I haven't tried them

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BobBoule

cakes in a microwave because they only require to be cooked and not browned and they do not require a crispy or crunchy crust. That rules bread baking in a typical microwave. That said, I use too have a turbo convection microwave tabletop style) that in theory could bake bread but to be honest it just can't get to a high temperature because the moment you open the door half the hot air escapes and it just doesn't work. I no longer have that rather expensive) unit because it just could not bake bread. I bake my bread conventionally and what we won't eat that day gets frozen and then I toast it in the amazing Breville toaster that gives me amazing results. No one even knows that the bread was ever frozen at all.

The Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot Smart Toaster has become our beloved toaster now, after a year of heavy duty use. It works great with our long artisan loaf slices, it fits everything that I want to get into it. The "Peek" feature is great because when I bake various recipes I never know how long it takes to toast each one (they vary a lot, obviously) so one tap makes the slices glide up then holds in the up position for two seconds then it goes back down smoothly all by itself. If its toasting more than you expected then you simply tap the Cancel button and your slices elegantly slide up gently, conversely, if you want the toast darker then tap the "A Bit More" button and it runs longer for you.

I have the die-cast aluminum version because it feels so solid and looks great but the sheet steel version works just as well and costs less, if not a bit ordinary looking.

The one I have: Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot Smart Toaster

I think that this is the lower cost version: Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot Smart Toaster