New? Register Here    Lost your Password?

Cookery 101: Oh My Stinkin’ Bread


Post by community member:

One of my all-time favorite Google search terms for people landing on my blog was this one, from about two years ago: MY STUPID BREAD WON’T RISE.

That poor person! I wished I coulda gone right to their kitchen to help them.

Here’s my quick rundown on some of the most common bread problems I get asked about–and the possible solutions. No more stupid bread!

1. If your (stupid) bread won’t rise….. Check the expiration date on your yeast. Were your liquids too hot or too cold? Did you give it long enough to rise? Did you forget to add the yeast? (I HAVE DONE THIS.)

2. If the bread collapsed after rising….. Did you let it rise too long? Is your oven at the right temperature?

3. If your crust is soggy after baking….. Did you leave it in the pan too long? Be sure to remove bread from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack.

4. If your bread is heavy….. Did you add too much flour? (Particularly tempting when using whole grains.) Did you let it rise long enough?

5. If you have large holes in your bread…… Did you let it rise too long? Did you knead it enough before letting it rise the second time?

6. If your bread is shaped weird…… You’ll get better, don’t worry about it.

7. If your loaf looks small…… Are you using a big enough recipe for the size bread pan you’re using? Smaller, narrower pans produce larger, taller-looking loaves! SIZE MATTERS.

8. If your crust is thick……. Did you overbake it? Was your oven at the right temperature?

9. If your bread didn’t brown on all sides….. Use glass bread pans!

10. Gummy inside? You didn’t bake it long enough, or you baked it at the wrong temperature.

Got any more bread questions? I love homemade bread.

See my favorite bread recipe here: Grandmother Bread.

See all the Cookery 101 posts.

Interested in contributing a guest post to the Farm Bell blog? Read information here for Farm Bell blog submissions.

Want to subscribe to the Farm Bell blog? Go here.

Comments Leave a Comment
| Subscribe to my feedSubscribe
Posted by on October 24, 2010 | Permalink  

Other posts you may enjoy:


7 comments | RSS feed for comments of this post

  1. 10-24

    If your bread is too brown, did you set the oven on broil instead of bake…


  2. 10-24


  3. 10-24

    I don’t know why, but sometimes my bread won’t brown. I have tried an egg wash, brushing it with melted butter, leaving it alone, etc. Usually, I have to resort to brushing the fully baked loaf with butter and putting it under the broiler for a bit. I think it’s my oven.

  4. 11-20

    Any suggestions on how to store bread? I’ve been storing it in a plastic glad container but the crust gets soft quickly and the bread itself gets stale.

    – Nicole

  5. 11-21


    I store mine in my glass cake stand! We did have a discussion over on the forum about this awhile back. Maybe you can find something there, too ūüôā

  6. 11-21

    Thanks, Cindy! ūüôā

Leave a Comment

You must be registered to post a review or comment.

Already registered? Use the login form at the top of the page.

Search Farm Bell Recipes

If searching multiple ingredients, separate each with a comma (xx, xx).

If you would like to help support the overhead costs of this website, you may donate. Thank you!

We Want to Meet You

Farm Bell Recipes is all about you! If you're a member of our community and have been submitting recipes and/or blog posts to Farm Bell Recipes, we want to meet you!
Go to Meet the Cook and submit the form to be featured.

Canning Tutorials

Recent Reviews and Comments

Latest on the Forum

The Farmhouse Table

The Canning Pot

Sign up for the
Chickens in the Road Newsletter

Thanks for being part of our community!