Baking Bread using Citric Acid and Soy Lecithin – using Dough Enhancers in Bread Baking

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Baking Bread using Citric Acid and Soy Lecithin - using Dough Enhancers in Bread Baking
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Recipe type: Bread
 
A few days back I featured some amazing giant burger buns using citric acid and soy lecithin as dough improvers. I was asked quite a few questions regarding this, so hopefully this video will cover all the answers.
Ingredients
Ingredients per Large Loaf
  • 625g Strong white bread flour
  • 45ml Milk powder
  • 20ml Caster sugar
  • 7.5ml Salt
  • 15ml Fast acting dried yeast
  • 45ml Oil
  • 400ml Water
If You Are Using Soy Lecithin and Citric Acid
  • 12g Soy lecithin
  • 1.5ml Citric acid
Instructions
  1. I am going to bake 2 very simple white loaves using identical ingredients and baking times. The one loaf will have the citric acid and lecithin added, and this will demonstrate the difference.
  2. I have added the flour, yeast, caster sugar, milk powder and salt to both mixing bowls. A brief stir combines these.
  3. For the one loaf, I have split the water in half, and measured the oil.
  4. For the standard loaf, the water is in a single jug, accompanied by the oil.
  5. For the first loaf, add the citric acid to one half of the water, and the lecithin to the other. Use your stick blender to sheer these in the water.
  6. Place a mixing bowl on your stand mixer with dough hook attached and add all of the ingredients for standard loaf.
  7. Close the mixer and allow this knead for 8 minutes. Remove the dough fro the bowl and put this aside covered with a damp towel.
  8. Return the bowl to the machine and add all of the ingredients for the second loaf, including the citric acid solution and the soy lecithin.
  9. Close the mixer and allow this to mix for 8 minutes.
  10. Remove this from the mixer.
  11. This is the only difference in process, where the plain dough has now had 8 minutes of extra rising time.
  12. Lightly flour your work surface and shape the 2 loaves, then place them in bread pans.
  13. To identify the enhanced loaf, I am going make a few slashes along the top of the loaf.
  14. Place the loaves in your oven at 40c or 104f for 45 minutes to prove.
  15. Remove from the oven and brush the tops of the loaves with beaten egg. You will notice how much further the enhanced dough has risen.
  16. Return these to the oven and adjust the temperature to 200c or 400f until well browned on top and they sound hollow when tapped.
  17. In the enhanced dough, the citric acid tenderizes the gluten while the soy lecithin gives this softer gluten more body and structure. This results in a much lighter, softer and airier texture of crumb.
  18. This can plainly seen when the enhanced loaf on the left, is compared to the loaf on the right.
  19. I hope this clears up any questions you may have had. I have included this recipe on the website for anyone wanting a simple white loaf.

 

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