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Bread-Folding Techniques

By Anna Archibald


Tags: baking, bread,

Forget kneading! For most breads, a few stretches and folds is all you need for amazing bread. Bread folding is a technique used during the rising process to strengthen the structure of dough, which gives the loaf a firmer shape. Here are some tips from MOTHER EARTH NEWS on how to get a perfectly folded loaf of bread:  

Folding the dough: 

1. Let dough sit, covered, for at least an hour.
2. Take dough out of bowl and place on a flat, clean, floured or oiled surface.
3. Take one side of dough, stretch and fold into center.
4. Repeat for each side of dough a few times.
5. When finished, return dough to bowl and cover for at least another hour. 

Bakers have a few different techniques for folding bread. Here are a few of our favorite bread-folding videos:

 





 

 

cliff
12/27/2010 10:56:43 AM

I am trying to make the crusty white bread and have a problem getting the first step of mixing flour yeast salt and 1 1/3 cup water. My dough is very sticky and does not double during any part of the procedure. Are there any videos on getting the correct water content?