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How to Start a Baking Business

By taking the time to learn the craft of baking you can start your own bakery business and make some money doing a job that you love. Bread is the country’s second staple after rice and everyone eats it whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Bread is just a very convenient type of food.

Before you set up your bakery you need to be able to bake! You should learn the basics of how the baking process works so that you understand the whole procedure. A month of training is normally enough if you bake as well as watch the demonstrations. The best courses are with the flour mills themselves and are often offered for free as part of the marketing schedule.

Once you understand the basic principles of bread making you can start to add new flavours and textures. There are hundreds of types of flour made from different grains and it forms the basis of your loaf. Water activates the yeast and dissolves all the other ingredients. Yeast is what causes the bread to rise. Salt retards the yeast and helps control the fermentation process.

Kneading releases and aligns the gluten and makes the dough silky and smooth. Rising takes approximately an hour, the warmer the room, the quicker the yeast will rise. Punching and shaping are the next stages and another hour to allow an increase in size. Scoring makes the bread look nice. Then you need to bake it for about 40 minutes before you try!

Once you have mastered the art of the basic loaf you can add other ingredients such as honey or molasses. Sugars caramelise in the oven giving a rich brown crust. Butter, oils, milk and eggs all enrich and flavour the bread. Different flours such as whole wheat, rye, oats and semolina are all popular additives. You can also try adding herbs, raisins, cinnamon, garlic and cheese. Glazing the finished bread adds colour and shine.

The two simplest variables in the bread making process to modify are the time taken to bake the bread and the temperature, which has an impact on how your bread bakes. Crusty breads should be baked at the highest temperature possible while soft breads should be baked at a lower temperature. Buying a pizza or baking stone can capture more heat in your oven and improves the quality of your bread. Unfortunately time and temperature work against each other during dough formation, but whichever technique you choose there is never the right way-it is all trial and error.

Now you have learned the craft of baking you can sell your bread from your own bakery. Remember the very important food and hygiene standards and ensure you have all your waste collected on a regular basis from a trustworthy company such as Ealing professional rubbish removal who will keep your premises clean and healthy.