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Overkneading is a Myth

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BeekeeperJ

Overkneading is a Myth

I think overkneading may be a myth in anything but a commercial mixer or food processor.

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Roo

Peter Reinhart in BBA agrees with you.  I do as well unless you are talking pizza skins then all bets are off. 


Good topic of discussion.

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flournwater

It's difficult to overknead bread when you're kneading by hand, fatigue usually wins before overkneading is achieved, but bread dough can be overkneaded which results in a tough and chewy texture which might not be all that objectionable for bread but for biscuits and other lighter breads it is not a good thing.

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BeekeeperJ

Agree.