1709, 2018

Why You Need to Control Your Oven Temperature

I don't need to tell you that oven temperature is important. It's how chemical reactions take place that transform your product. That's why temperature needs so much attention—so many things are happening at once! Oven Temperature has a key roll in 3 areas:  Development:  Killing of yeast cells: 50–60°C (122–140°F) Maximum enzymatic activity: 60°C (140°F). Start of starch [...]

1009, 2018

How To Find and Bake With a DATEM Replacement

You want to make a clean-label product. But you also need reliable loaf volume, fine crumb structure and dough extensibility. You need a DATEM replacement. Thankfully, food scientists are making that an easier ask than it used to be. Replacements are on the market that can mimic the effects of DATEM, but are sourced from clean-label alternatives. [...]

309, 2018

Is it Faba Bean or Fava Bean?

Fava beans. Field beans. Broad beans. Bell beans. English bean. It goes by many names, but no matter what you call it, the Faba bean has some interesting functional uses in gluten-free baking. One of the interesting things about gluten-free baking: there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Depending on what you’re baking, what your desired outcome is, and [...]

2708, 2018

Dough Mixing is Easy, Right?

You just throw ingredients in mixer, step back, and out comes perfect dough? Piece of cake. Uhh, yeah right.  As I’m sure you know from experience, a lot of thought and precision needs to go into dough mixing. The concept is simple enough: Flour + Water + Air + Energy → Dough Yet controlling and adjusting those [...]

2008, 2018

What Makes Clean-label Cakes so Hard to Bake?

One of the biggest dilemmas to come out of the clean label trend is what to do with cakes. While organic or natural sweeteners, colors and flavors may be slightly easier to bake with, it’s harder to bake without: Bleached flour Bromated flour Aluminum-based phosphates These ingredients are key for high ratio cakes, giving layered cakes higher [...]

1308, 2018

Baking Powder’s Role in Baked Goods

You know what a fascinating ingredient is? Baking powder. Why? Because it just sits in your formula UNTIL water is added. This activates a reaction, turning baking powder into a chemical leavening agent. What’s the reaction? When water mixes with the acid (often MCP, SAPP, SALP, SAS or tartaric acid—although phosphate-free varieties are available), carbon dioxide gas [...]

708, 2018

New Definition of Dietary Fiber Opens Possibilities for Oat Hull Fiber

The FDA’s definition of dietary fiber has cleared the air of uncertainty, as an approved group of ingredients can now be officially listed on the Nutritional Facts label. One ingredient particularly means exciting things for bakers: oat hull fiber. Aside from the bio-functional value (i.e. laxation, bulking, calorie reduction, etc.), this recognized dietary fiber facilitates [...]

608, 2018

Direct vs. Indirect Gas-fired Ovens for Baking

When it comes to picking an oven, there options on top of options. So right now I’m going to focus on gas-fired ovens. The question is, a direct or indirect gas-fired oven? Does it make that much of a difference? You bet it does! The difference lies in how heat is delivered and transferred. A indirect [...]

3007, 2018

What it Takes to Bake a High Fiber Label

If you’re in search of ways to boost your brand, consider adding "high fiber" to your label. The public pays attention to what's on the label, and fiber is a great selling point. What counts as a “good source of fiber?” Food with 5 grams or more of fiber per servings. The FDA regulates that [...]

2307, 2018

When to Use Biga as a Preferment

One of the more popular preferments or yeast starters, biga uses only flour, water and yeast—and no salt. With a low hydration level, it’s on the stiff side of preferments. What does biga do to dough? It helps with: Improving the functionality of gluten and strengthening dough Shortening final fermentation time with less yeast Boosting aroma and flavor [...]