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What is "Slacking"?

jpolchowski's picture

What is "Slacking"?

I thought that I was pretty knowledgeable when it comes to bread baking, but I have recently heard the term "slacking" in regards to the process of baking. Is that another name for one of the steps in the process, or something different? Given the meaning, I would think it could refer to fermentation, bench rest, or maybe proofing, but wasn't sure. Thanks!

Chuck's picture

I'm only familiar with it as the adjective "slack", meaning a dough that hasn't got much form, usually because of high hydration. A "slack" dough may have a tendency to spread out flat like a pancake (one TFLer uses the term "frisbee loaves":-). A "slack" dough "fights back" less if you knead it. The word is often opposed to "stiff", i.e. either a "slack dough" or a "stiff dough".

I've never in the bread world heard of the term as a verb: "slacking". Is that -i-n-g possibly a typo?

sam's picture

It's what slackers (like me) do.   We spend our time slacking, as much as we can.   Or get away with.  :)

emmsf's picture

Maybe it means putting on a pair of pants....

ds99302's picture

Slack-baked means to only partially bake something.   You bake it long enough to set but not long enough to fully brown.

Swtypie292's picture

I make pizza at my current job and we have to "slack" the dough. This process includes taking the frozen, sheeted dough, from the freezer and we put oil on both sides and put it on a tray to thaw in the refrigerator.