How to Knead Dough

By Ben Mims

Published on July 10, 2012

Intimidated by baking bread? It's easier than you might think, and there's nothing better than homemade bread. The key to an even and beautiful loaf is proper kneading: Associate food editor Ben Mims shows us the best foolproof kneading technique for easily making gorgeous loaves at home.

How to knead bread dough.

What you'll need

• Flour, yeast, salt and water
• A large bowl
• A cutting board or other work surface
• Flour for dusting

How it works

First, combine ingredients according to the recipe. Mix until a dough forms and let sit for 20 minutes to allow the flour to hydrate. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Press the dough in the center with the heel of your hand, folding the top edge over with the other hand, turning the dough as you go.


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