New to the baking industry?
Have you ever wondered why bakers seem to talk a different language than everyone else? Take “Baker’s Percent” for example. This calculation is especially difficult to grasp for the engineering mind. Why do bakers use a special percent?
Historically, baker’s percent has been used because of the functionality of wheat flour and gluten. Since gluten is the main portion of wheat flour that contributes to its final physical attributes, its performance for volume or crumb grain is affected by the addition of other ingredients like water. Therefore when other ingredients are added, it is easier to gage the performance of the dough by the effect the ingredient has on the wheat flour/gluten portion. For example, water is the next largest ingredient in any bread or cake formula. Its effect on dough properties is usually called , and is mainly calculated using Baker’s %. In addition, how much to add to dough can be easily calculated by using Baker’s percent.
Although Baker’s percent is handy, there are certain instances where it cannot be used in bakery formulas. In all gluten-free, high fiber and non-wheat multigrain bread, Baker’s percent do not work because the functional gluten portion of the wheat is no longer there, or is reduced. Using Baker’s percent in such formulas would be ineffective in calculating water absorption and the addition of other minor ingredients, especially emulsifiers and enzymes that are supposed to work on gluten proteins.
I have limited time to learn. Where can I start?
As manufacturing professionals, we have limited time to do an in-depth study on ingredients and processes. Here are the top 10 things you need to know when speaking with bakers:
- What type of does the baker use? ? What is its , and specs?
- Leavening process – is the product yeast or leavened, or is it ?
- What is ?
- What are the types of ?
- What are the types of chemical leavening? What is a ?
- What are ?
- What do they use?
- What do they use?
- What other do they use
- Do they deliver or ?