ÒThe BakerÕs Secret WeaponÓ is Your Guarantee Against Most Bread Failures
If your breadÕs not quite right, it might be the temperature.
My culinary school text calls a good thermometer, Òthe bakerÕs secret weapon.Ó ThatÕsÕ because temperature is critical to breadÕs success.
If you want perfect homemade bread every time, bread that is baked to perfection and that youÕre proud to serve your family, use a thermometer.
- The ideal temperature for water for most breads: 105 degrees
- The ideal temperature with bread mixes: 80 degrees
- The ideal temperature for bread dough: 79 degrees
- The temperature when bread is done: 190 to 210 degrees
If a good thermometer is the bakerÕs secret weapon, then your CDN thermometer is Excalibur. ItÕs the thermometer that we trust the most and the one we test others against.
We guarantee our bread mixes when you use a thermometer. If you donÕt use a thermometer, there is no guarantee.
In a bread machine, baking starts based on time, not the condition of the dough. If your water is too warm, the bread rises too fast and collapses. If it is too cool, it doesnÕt rise enough and is dense.
Use a thermometer to tell when your bread is done. You canÕt tell by color. (Sugar caramelizes and turns brown before the bread is done.) Thumping the loaf isnÕt accurate.
With a kitchen towel, tip the loaf pan upside down and gently cradle the loaf upside down in the towel. Stick the thermometer through the bottom of the loaf to the center.
- For sandwich breads, it should register 190 degrees.
- For French and other crusty breads, it should register 210 degrees.
If the bread is not done, stick it back in the oven and let it bake.
About CDN Thermometers
We searched for a professional quality thermometer that our customers could use to bake perfect bread. CDN is an instrument company. They make great, reliable thermometers.
- Calibrated for precision
- Accurate within two degrees
- Guaranteed for five years
- Can be used for meats and poultry
- Advanced ownerÕs manual available free from the manufacturer.
If you want to bake perfect bread, get this Òsecret weapon.Ó ItÕs your best guarantee against failure.
The Key to a Perfect Pumpkin Pie or Cheesecake!
Cheesecakes, like pumpkin pies, are custards. And the eggs in a custard must bake until they are set, about 155 degrees.
But that's simple. Use a good thermometer and stick it near the center.
Serious cheesecakers will jiggle the cheesecake. That works but a thermometer is more sure.
Treat your cheesecakes gently. Bake them at 325 degrees and let them cool at room temperature. Then let them chill in the refrigerator.