Bread Science

Making a great loaf of bread doesn't have to be hard.  It's all about how the ingredients work together, bond together, come together and make friends with each other.  


Ingredients for bread can't work independently - the water, flour, yeast, sweetner and salt rely on each other.  One ingredient can't work without the other.


  • Flour - gives the bread structure and form.

  • Water - allows the bread to be soft enough to rise, adds moisture and helps form gluten.

  • Yeast - causes the dough to rise, feeds off the sweetner and ferments/flavors the bread.

  • Sweetener - honey, sugar, corn syrup, molasses, maple syrup and other sweeteners feed the yeast and give flavor to the bread.

  • Salt - don't leave out the salt...  Salt helps control the rise and the right amount gives bread that perfect taste.


Each of these ingredients are covered in more detail in the Bread Science popup links as well as Bread 101, 202 and 303 links.