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Video:How to Knead Dough for Bread

with Jason Phipps

Want to learn how to properly knead dough for bread? Here, see step-by-step instructions for kneading.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Knead Dough for Bread

Set a timer for 8-10 minutes. 8 minutes can feel like a long time when kneading, so it's best to time yourself.

Tips for How to Knead Dough for Bread

Use flour to lightly dust a work surface, the dough, and your hands, so the dough doesn't stick to anything. Be careful not to over-flour, as this can change the recie, and make the dough too stiff. Using the heels of your hands, repeatedly stretch the dough, fold in half, and rotate a quarter turn. You can use two hands, or keep one hand on the side of the dough to guide it.

Additional Tips for Kneading Dough for Bread

We're not mashing or tearing the dough, we're stretching it to develop the gluten, which is a protein in wheat, that makes dough elastic. It's this elasticity that traps the carbon dioxide the yeast gives off like a net, making bread light and airy on the inside. When the dough is ready, shouldn't stick to your hands as much. It should feel like an earlobe when pinched, and spring back quickly when poked.

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