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reden's picture
reden

help with wet dough

I have been lurking on this site for some time and have learned a lot.  I started baking with Ken Forkish's book and have been trying to perfect the boule using a preheated Dutch oven.  However, by the time i have floured my hands and dusted the dough, the dough is less wet that it should be.  Can I throw an ice cube into the pre-heated Dutrch oven or paint the dough with water to achieve the proper crust?

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BreadBro

Don't add any additional flour to the dough. Grease the counter with a little bit of oil (personally, I don't find its really necessary, I just use my plastic scraper dipped in some water to move the dough), and handle the dough lightly with wet hands. You'll be suprised how easy it is to handle wet dough when your hands are wet.

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ajvj05

Totally agree with BreadBro, fight fire with fire. If the dough is water rich use water in our hands, if the dough is grease use oil in your hands, if your working a hard dough use a little flour...... 

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reden

thanks for the help - I will try again this week end