The Fresh Loaf

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citychick's picture

Trouble getting dough to rise....

June 19, 2011 - 6:57pm -- citychick


I am trying to back Portuguese Sweet Bread. I don't believe I kneaded it as long as I should have and now my dough is taking forever to rise. It's been set aside to rise for about 4 hours now. 

Can I take the dough and start kneading it again after it's been sitting for hours? 

I usually never pass the windowpane test with other doughs - but get close enough. This time around it seems like I should have waited until the kneading process was complete. I just want to know if I can start kneading again. 



mcs's picture

Portuguese Sweet Bread - video

February 2, 2008 - 8:58am -- mcs

Hey there everybody. I just made this baking video and put it up on YouTube - a little blurry, but I'll try putting a clearer version on our bakery site later. It's a 'how to' without the commentary (if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth...). Anyway, let me know what you think, and if you'd like any other topics addressed in my future videos. The next one will be on kneading and folding whole wheat dough. Thanks!

maxamilliankolbe's picture

Sad NJ transplant looking for beloved Portuguese rolls recipe - however, not the Portuguese sweet bread previously discussed

December 31, 2007 - 8:42am -- maxamilliankolbe

I am a NJ transplant in Omaha, Nebraska and am dying to make Portuguese rolls the way I could get them while living in NJ. They are not the Portuguese sweet bread that I have read much about elsewhere on the site, but rather are oval shaped rolls that have been folded and left to rise to create a crease down the middle. They are plain old white and the crust is a little chewy. They typically do not have a very hard crust, which makes them perfect for sandwiches because you don't kill your gums or your teeth trying to bite into them.

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