Sugar in Breads
Ever heard the sound of bread crackling? Sugar is a part of creating that sound in bread as it acts as a tenderizer during mixing. It absorbs water and slows the development of gluten strands, giving bread a tender crumb texture and good volume.
- Fermentation promoter
An important role of sugar in bread production is that it provides an immediate and ready source of nourishment for yeast growth, which eventually supports yeast fermentation. Baker’s yeast release carbon dioxide by metabolizing sugar. The leavening of bread is caused by the formation of this gas, supporting its structure, but also providing pleasant texture, flavor, color, aroma, and extension of shelf life.
With sugar, leavening hastens and the dough rises at a faster and more consistent rate. The amount of sugar in yeast-leavened baked goods can range from 1-20%, based on flour weight. Higher amounts of sugar are used in sweet dough at about 15% (based on flour), and Danish sweet goods at about 20%. The usage of sugar in white bread can be up to 11%, with an average of about 8%.
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