to knead or not?
I am new to baking. I started a few weeks ago beacause my small town started a farmers market and we didnt have any vendors so I volunteered to bake bread. I have been using a recipe that says nothing about kneading in the instructions. Is this because it doesnt need to be kneaded? Its certainly edible once it comes out of the oven and people seem to like it but I want to get better results if I can. Is it a general rule that if you knead long enough you will evenutally get a window pane? I have yet to reach this point in any recipe I have used.
Also it instructs to add all the water first and then add in the flour gradually. All the reading I have been doing lately says to add liquid to flour. It seems that it makes more sense to me to add flour into liquid since I have yet to use all 5 cups of flour. Thoughts?
- 1 3/4 cups warm water (105°F to 110°F)
- 1 tablespoon dry yeast
- 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 5 cups (about) all purpose flour
Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2001/11/honey_oat_bread#ixzz1TZVnQHegThis site is exactly what I have been looking for. I await your expert advice :) lisa