Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Kitchen Tip: Bread Making part 2 of 3

Continued from last week...
To the wet yeast mixture add 4-5 cups flour and mix by hand (I used a fork) until dough forms. Once dough forms, sprinkle (or dump) 1/2 cup flour onto a clean surface to knead the dough.
Just a quick reminder:
If it is a smooth ring with no design or jewels, you can keep it on if you wish.
Place the dough onto the flour, and cover with 1/2 cup more flour. You may need to add more as you are kneading.
Knead the dough by folding it over on itself... Over and over and over again. I think this is the most therapeutic part about making bread - if you are frustrated/stressed you can get some stress relief during the next 10 minutes.
I like making 2 loaves at a time because I find it is just the right amount of dough to knead - 4 loaves is quite a but to knead and is more of a workout!
Once the dough is kneaded, place into a bowl sprayed with non-stick spray. Turn once to coat.
Cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled in size (about 1 hour).

Time to move on to  Part 3

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