The holidays are all about celebrating with friends and family and enjoying homemade baking. With the holidays being so busy, its difficult to make everything from scratch. Why not host a party, inviting over a few close friends, and bake together, stocking your freezer with a delicious assortment of cookies and bars without spending several days in the kitchen?
Basic breads are those that are made with a simple recipe of a few ingredients, are yeast leavened, and are usually easy for the home cook to prepare, requiring only basic bread making skills and simple pieces of kitchen equipment.
For many bread recipes the final rising is often the second rising, while other breads may require two or more cycles of rising, punching, and kneading before being shaped and allowed to rise for the final time.
Kneading is especially important when preparing yeast breads because it helps to distribute the activated yeast and it enables the protein in the flour to develop into gluten, which promotes the properties of stretching and expansion in the dough.