Improving Quality

Edited by

  • S P Cauvain, formerly BakeTran, UK

The first edition of Breadmaking: Improving quality quickly established itself as an essential purchase for baking professionals and researchers in this area. With comprehensively updated and revised coverage, including six new chapters, the second edition helps readers to understand the latest developments in bread making science and practice.

The book opens with two introductory chapters providing an overview of the breadmaking process. Part one focuses on the impacts of wheat and flour quality on bread, covering topics such as wheat chemistry, wheat starch structure, grain quality assessment, milling and wheat breeding. Part two covers dough development and bread ingredients, with chapters on dough aeration and rheology, the use of redox agents and enzymes in breadmaking and water control, among other topics. In part three, the focus shifts to bread sensory quality, shelf life and safety. Topics covered include bread aroma, staling and contamination. Finally, part four looks at particular bread products such as high fibre breads, those made from partially baked and frozen dough and those made from non-wheat flours.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, the second edition of Breadmaking: Improving quality is a standard reference for researchers and professionals in the bread industry and all those involved in academic research on breadmaking science and practice.
View full description


Researchers and professionals in the bread industry


Book information

  • Published: April 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-060-7


This very readable and informative book is destined to become a staple reference work for technologists, researchers and students., Food Science and Technology (Review of the first edition)
Altogether this is a comprehensive treatise on the science of bread-making …it brings together the views and expertise of thirty scientists from all over the world in a truly eclectic presentation., Food Technology (New Zealand)

Table of Contents

Introduction to breadmaking; Breadmaking: An overview. Part 1 Wheat and flour quality: The chemistry and biochemistry of wheat; Techniques for analyzing wheat proteins; Wheat proteins and bread quality; Wheat starch structure and bread quality; Assessing grain quality; Milling and flour quality; Wheat breeding and quality evaluation in the US; Improving wheat protein quality for breadmaking: The role of biotechnology; Novel approaches to modify wheat flour processing characteristics and health attributes: from genetics to food technology. Part 2 Dough development and particular bread ingredients: Bread aeration and dough rheology: An introduction; The molecular basis of bread dough rheology; The role of water in dough formation and bread quality; Foam formation in dough and bread quality; Controlling bread dough development; Molecular mobility in dough and bread quality; The use of redox agents in breadmaking; Applications of enzymes in breadmaking; Water control in breadmaking. Part 3 Bread sensory quality, shelf life and safety: Bread aroma; Applications of texture analysis to dough and bread; Bread staling; Mould prevention in bread; Mycotoxin contamination of wheat, flour and bread. Part 4 Particular bread products: Improving the quality of bread made from partially baked, refrigerated and frozen dough; Nutritionally enhanced wheat flours and breads; Formulating breads for specific dietary requirements; Improving the quality of high-fibre breads; Quality of breads made with non-wheat flours.