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Question of the week

This weeks question comes from Madison from Sioux Falls, US

Madison asks:

Hi Paul, I have a question for you. When you bake bread what is the amount of time I should knead the dough? Sometimes I feel that I’m not doing it long enough. Thanks Madison  

Paul says:

Hi Madison, It can take a while to get to the point when you just know that the dough is ready.  Most beginners don’t knead for long enough. Once you get experienced you’ll be a bit quicker, but most people should knead their dough for at least 10 minutes. The better the elastic gluten you develop now, the stronger the rise and hold will be in your end loaf. To test when you’ve kneaded enough, tease and pull out a piece of dough between your hands: it should be able to stretch to 20cm without breaking. It should also feel soft and silky, the outside very smooth and not bumpy.  Happy Baking!


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