How Do You Know When The Bread Is Done?
Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out when the bread is done and when you should take it out of the oven. There’s nothing worse than slicing into a beautiful loaf of bread, only to find it gooey and doughy in the center.
Generally, I bake my loaves for about 40 minutes at 350F. That seems to do the job most of the time. How do I know they’re cooked all the way through? The first sign you should look for is the color. Bread is supposed to be a rich golden brown color. If it looks really pale, it probably needs more time. Another way to find out is to flip the loaf pan over and tap it on the bottom. There should be a ‘hollow’ sound and that means it’s done.
The loaf should also slide out of the pan easily, without sticking. If the bread isn’t done yet, it will stick to the loaf pan. This is, of course, assuming you oiled up the loaf pans first. If you didn’t, you might be in for a bit of trouble because the bread will stick no matter what.
Instead of trying to force it out and possibly tearing the bread in the process, it’s best just to put it back in the oven for another five minutes to loosen the bread fibers.
Although it may seem intimidating at first, once you get the hang of baking bread it becomes easier and easier. After a while you’ll start to recognize a lot of things through intuition alone.