The scent of home baked bread makes your entire kitchen so enticing. Whilst, the ingredients needed to make fresh bread is minimal, baking it is a culinary task that for years has challenged even the most competent baking expert. Baking delicious homemade bread is a practiced achievement, but is also very easy to do. You'll be hooked on bread baking once you understand how easy it really is.

The following is a list of the most common blunders beginners sometimes make in the pursuit of home bread baking, and some simple ways to avoid them:

Be careful with the salt: Avoid too much, too little, or none at all). Follow your baking recipes for the precise ingredients, and don't tamper with the quantity of salt given. Leaving out the salt can change the way the bread rises and make your bread taste bland.

Rising too much: Your bread may end up slumping in the middle if you leave it to rise for too long. The answer is not to over rise your bread; use a timer if that helps.

Insufficient rising: Be aware when using bread recipes, dough needs warmth to rise properly. If your kitchen is drafty and cold, find an alternate location for your bread to rise. An estimate will be given on the rising time in most recipes for baking. If your spot lacks in warmth, increase the rising time a bit. The dough will rise, but expect a longer time frame than the recipe suggests.

Watch the heat: It is customary for a recipe to mention warm water for activating the yeast. If the water is too hot, the yeast will die and your dough will never rise. While you're out buying that timer, invest in a cooking thermometer too to prevent this problem.

Heat again: This time of the oven variety: If the oven is hotter than it should be, the bread might rise too quickly, then sink into a disappointing loaf. Think about using an oven thermometer to double check you've got the right oven temperature.

Go easy on the sugar: Just as salt has an affect on the chemistry of your bread, so does sugar. If you use too much it can alter the way the yeast behaves, so be sure to check measurements in home baking recipes. In home baking, maybe prepare a French bread recipe which doesn't contain sugar.

Recipes for Baking Bread - Dough Requires Kneading: Your dough does require your attention. The bread gluten relies on the right amount of pounding and kneading so the bread will rise like it is supposed to. For example, your standard wholemeal loaf recipe will call for at least 10 minutes of kneading. This is not an area to scale back on. Flip on some music you like and use this step to ease some of your anxiety!

Under or Over Cooking: Neither of these is a good thing. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to ascertain the bread needs to cook at the time specified for a golden brown loaf. This can be difficult since some ovens run hotter than others. A good trick for telling if your loaf is done: take it out of the oven and tap on the bottom. If the tap produces a hollow sound, the bread is done. If not, bake another 5-10 minutes and recheck.