Homemade bread often defies success, emerging from the oven as a dense loaf that presents a challenge to tooth and jaw. Though the beginning baker might suspect a problem with yeast, the real culprit might be a lack of proteins in the flour. These proteins form gluten strands, the strands, in turn, providing a sort of trellis for the dough, giving it lightness and structure. When all-purpose flour lacks enough proteins to create a proper loaf, bakers can add gluten, which, like all-purpose flour, is a wheat product.
Things You'll Need
- Vital wheat gluten flour, about 75 percent protein
- Tablespoon measure
- 1-cup measure
- All-purpose flour
- Mixing spoon
Buy the gluten, using the nutritional information on the package to ensure the product is about 75 percent protein per serving. Thus, if the serving size is 30 g, 23 g of protein more than suffices.
Add 1 tbsp. gluten with every cup of all-purpose flour used when your recipe calls for you to add the dry ingredients, including flour. If using a bread machine, when the recipe calls for flour, alternate each cup of the flour with the gluten.
Stir the gluten, flour and other dry ingredients together.