Bread Doneness: How to Tell When a Bread Is Fully Baked

Bread Doneness: How to Tell When a Bread Is Fully Baked


Hi, I’m Father Dominic the Bread Monk, author
of “How to Be a Breadhead” and this is a Breadhead Minute. So how can I tell if the loaf is fully
baked? Well, I can tell by time of course but every recipe is a little bit different
and every oven is a little bit different. The time honored method is to thump the top.
If it sounds hollow, then it’s baked. Better still to use an instant read thermometer.
A fully baked loaf of bread reads 190 degrees or above. 190 to 195 and then you know it’s
fully baked in the middle. For some breads like multi-grain breads you can go all the
way up to 200 because they can be a little bit denser. And then you’ll know you’ll have
success with your loaf. But remember, bread continues to bake once it comes out of the
oven. Moisture begins to come out of the center. If you cut it now it will be really doughy.
I’m Father Dominic the Bread Monk, become a Breadhead and you’ll be blessed. This Breadhead
Minute made possible by the Home Baking Association, resources at homebaking.org.

10 thoughts on “Bread Doneness: How to Tell When a Bread Is Fully Baked”

  1. Thank you for this! I keep reading that bread sounds hollow when done, but knowing to look for 190 degrees is even better.

  2. There are two temperature scales in use throughout the world. I assume you mean the one that is only used in the US – Fahrenheit?

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