The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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Once it's baked all care is lost!

September 17, 2012 - 7:31pm -- Kailarina

I'm ripping my hair out over here! 

I produce all of the bread for a busy resturant in Northern WI.  I work completely by myself and maintain very high production levels... or in laymans terms:  I work my ass off every day!  And much to my chagrin, the final product is completely mishandled. 

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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. 



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"Lunch Lady Rolls" trouble shooting?

November 12, 2010 - 2:48pm -- Scott Grocer


I made Alabuba's "Lunch Lady Rolls" from and I'm positive I messed something up because they came out of the oven looking like biscuits. They were tender and had good flavor, but no structure to speak of. The crumb reminds me of a muffin, small and tight.

I was kneading by hand, measuring my ingredients by weight, and best I can come up with is maybe I didn't knead the dough enough?

Angelo's picture

Kneading Trouble

September 9, 2009 - 6:14am -- Angelo

Greetings all,

So this is my second attempt using what I guess is called French Fold? I found it from the video which this site linked to me.

Anyways, both times I've tried it, it has stayed sticky all the way through, up to 30 minutes of kneading! Not sticky like it looks at the beginning of the video, but still sticking to my hands/table. Could it just be a hydration issue or am I doing something wrong?

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Trouble removing bowl from KitchenAid after kneading

June 7, 2007 - 10:15am -- Rosalie

This keeps happening to me, but nobody else has mentioned it.  I haven't mentioned it, either, so that doesn't mean much.  And it happened again last night.

I have a KitchenAid Classic, 4.5 quart bowl.

When I finished kneading some bread dough, I had trouble removing the bowl.  The kneading action tightens the bowl, and I spent ten minutes trying to remove it.  I even wrote myself a note before I began this time about which way to turn the bowl to get it off later.

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