The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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kneading - the song

August 31, 2008 - 6:30pm -- MommaT


Just a light anecdote to brighten your day and perhaps provide some "assistance".  :-)

I perform all my breadmaking by hand - partly because I don't have a mixer and partly because the meditative aspects of breadmaking are half the reason I bake bread. 

Tonight, as I mixed Hamelmann's Oatmeal Bread by hand (big hunk of dough, that!) ALONE in the kitchen (sigh!), my mind began to wander as I hit the rhythmic stage of kneading.

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the latest video from The Back Home

August 29, 2008 - 7:10pm -- mcs

The Fresh Loafers, This is the latest video where I'm working with some higher hydration (68%) doughs. Both of the breads are 'originals', and if you'd like to see the recipes you can probe around here for them or email me at the bakery. Anyway, I hope you like it. I decided to forego music this time and just add commentary. Nothing witty, strictly business.




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Food Processor dough

July 10, 2008 - 12:30pm -- fladad

Does any one use a food processor to make their dough?  I have a recicpe for rye bread(doesn't say to use a food processor) that wants you to MIX, BEAT VERY HARD FOR 3 MIN., And KNEAD FOR 8-10 MIN.  Can the food processor do all this?   I guess I want to know if you can make all doughs using a food processor or just some recipes or do you have to adapt the recipe when using the processor?  I bought a pretty good 14 cup Cuisinart that should be strong enough but not sure when to use it for doughs.  Any one have any ideas?

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Magimix 5150 (5200 in Europe)

June 30, 2008 - 7:01pm -- MommaT


 I am considering buying a Magimix 5150 food processor for a multitude of other purposes.  However, I see on the website that they claim it has a capacity of 1.3 kg bread dough.

 I generally like to knead by hand -- this kind of therapy is one of the reasons I bake bread -- but thought it might be useful to use the Magimix for mixing wetter dough or for starting the mixing/kneading process (then finishing off by hand).

 Anyone have experience using the Magimix for this purpose?  Is this realistic?  Or am I deluding myself?  ;-)



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In need of a kneading board!

June 22, 2008 - 10:08am -- J. Sartorius

Hello, I'm new here (I registered just to post this question!) and I'm
in need of a portable, sturdy and easily cleaned work surface for
kneading doughs.

I've been trying to price large wooden cutting boards but I'm not sure
how large of a work surface I'll really need to knead a loaf or two of
bread, or even if this is the right tool for the job.

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Kneading by Hand

June 6, 2008 - 10:27am -- ClimbHi

Well, now that I've committed myself to artisan bread, I need to move up from making only two loaves at a time. I have a wood-fired oven that I only fire once a week, so I'd like to increase the load to make better use of the heat/oven space. My thought is to try to make a dough using 5# of flour + starter. That should make about 6 or 7 loaves, I guess.

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May 9, 2008 - 3:53pm -- lungalux

i noticed a pretty significant change when i kneaded a baguette dough prior to the first fermentation. all of a sudden it became pretty hard to knead, almost tough. is that something i should "knead through" in the hopes it will break down and get malleable again or did i knead too much?




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Kneading and Folding video- Español

March 12, 2008 - 10:52am -- mcs

Hey everybody. This is the same kneading and folding video as before, but with Spanish subtitles for the commentary, thanks to fellow FreshLoafian, Joe Martello. I have an Italian and German version in the works, and am looking for someone to transcribe it in French. If you're interested, I can send you the English version in Word, then you can put the matching French sentences underneath the English. Thanks.



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Survey on Kneading

February 29, 2008 - 9:24am -- CountryBoy

It is possible the Fresh Loaf Book could benefit from a survey of kneading techniques. This survey was prompted by my baking of a whole wheat recipe from P. Reinhart’s BBA where the dough broke down using the technique he suggested. While the possible kneading styles are infinite, below are 7 different choices to vote for in how it is that you knead bread.

By voting we can tell if there is a consensus as to how people knead their dough.


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