Pain de mie is a basic white bread dough recipe. Having the skills to make basic bread allows you to create a variety of dough used in other recipes. Yeast must be activated with room temperature water, between 105F and 115F. It can be destroyed if the temperature is too cold or too hot, so an instant read thermometer is recommended. Kneading the dough develops gluten which gives structure to the bread. It is important to work the dough, then let it rise in a warm dry place before baking.
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