Help! My Homemade Bread Is Too Dense

Good Questions

Q: I have been experimenting with different bread recipes, and really like 101 Cookbooks' Easy Little Bread recipe because it uses stuff I readily have on hand in my pantry and is super easy. I love the flavor, but my bread always comes out SUPER dense.

Is there a way to troubleshoot making the dough fluffier? Would a longer rise help? Some new ingredient? Is it even possible to tweak a recipe like this or should I just look for a different one?

Sent by Jenny


Editor: Jenny, make sure that your yeast is fresh and still good; stale yeast accounts for many loaves of dense bread! After that, check out the tips in this post:

How to Make Softer and Fluffier Whole Wheat Bread

And if those don't help, perhaps try another recipe — one without oats and whole wheat flour.

Readers, any suggestions? Have you ever tried the recipe that Jenny is talking about here?


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