Question from a newbie
It almost pains me to post this question, it is so basic. I am very new to this bread baking thing, and I am loving it! But, there are some basic things I don't really understand. Do you always "punch down" the dough after the first rise? Some recipes say to shape the bread after the first rise, without specifying to punch down and release the gas, before letting it rise again. Is that because they assume you know that, or because its not what you want to do. I want to make the honey whole wheat from this site today, and that is one that does not specify to punch down. Any rule of thumb I can follow with most recipes?