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SarahTorg

What Is The Purpose Of Cider Vinegar In Breads?

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I've noticed several bread recipes call for the cider vinegar. What is its purpose? Is it to imitate buttermilk or something?

It is just driving me nuts not knowing why its put in a recipe. Anyone else like that? YOU just have to know why?? hahahaha

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I have a few recipes that say "dough enhancer" or vinegar.


Mom of:

Carleigh~ 10 years old, allergic to wheat, milk, peanuts, strawberries, and many EAs. She is currently soy-light and egg-light ~ celiac testing inconclusive by allergist.

Gluten-Free since 10/05 She's a gymnast. : )

Nick ~ 13 years old with no known allergies.

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The reason for adding a little vinegar to yeast bread recipes is that the yeast 'works better' under acidic conditions, i.e. converting the carbs (flour) to sugar, alcohol and carbondioxide to rise the bread. In wheat bread recipes this is done, also. So you almost always see this in a gluten free yeast bread recipe because it will need all the help it can get to rise!

Vinegar in a quick bread using baking soda would be equivalent to adding buttermilk- something acidic to react with the alkaline soda to give off carbondioxide to rise the bread.

Pam

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