Breaking Down Baker’s Percentages | Baker’s Math, Dough Hydration, Baking Formulas

Kristin Hoffman (author of Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book) explains how math comes into perfecting your baking skills.

One of the most valuable things I learned in culinary school was how to calculate and use baker’s percentages. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, baker’s percentages or baker’s math is a way of calculating a recipe formula where each ingredient is represented as a percentage as it relates to the amount of flour in the recipe. This skill is extremely helpful if you ever want to develop your own recipes, or if you are interested in getting in-depth into bread baking.




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0:00 Intro

0:32 What are baker’s percentages?

1:27 How to calculate baker’s percentages

2:40 Calculating baker’s percentages in basic bread recipe

3:42 Why baker’s percentages are useful

4:13 How to calculate ingredient amounts from baker’s percentages

5:43 Calculating final dough hydration for sourdough

8:25 Outro


Practice Recipe:

Flour = 240 grams

Sugar = 200 grams

Baking Powder = 10 grams

Salt = 1 gram

Vanilla = 5 grams

Egg = 50 grams

Oil = 113 grams






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