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How to Knead Dough

Kneading the dough makes bread and rolls light, airy, and chewy. It’s a crucial step in making yeast breads. Without well-developed gluten, your bread or rolls would be flat and tough. In this video, you’ll learn how to knead dough by hand to strengthen the gluten strands that give bread structure. These four simple step-by-step instructions will yield well-developed gluten. You’ll learn how to prep your work surface and how to fold, form, and turn the dough, kneading it with the heels of your hands as you go along. We’ll show you what signs to look for that tell you when your kneaded dough is ready for the next step, and you’ll see when to add ingredients like nuts or dried fruits.

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  • Nicole

I love the video, I love making my own bread too. I even mill my own flours and next year I'm hoping grow my own wheats. I just planted a few of my favorite wheat grains. Milling your own flour really makes the bread taste unbelievably better. Although, homemade bread of any flour is fabulous! I still love my white breads, which you can't produce your own.

  • CJSchaff

I've been making our family's Thanksgiving dinner rolls from scratch for the past 5 years, and just now, thanks to this website, I learned I was scalding my milk WRONG and that my kneeding, while semi-correct was WAY to short in time! Thank you ALLRECIPES!!

  • Cookin Up A Storm

In culinary schoold, you are taught that kneading dough is perhaps the most important and least understood step in the bread baking process. Its not just about "mixing" the ingredients. The most important result of kneading is the proper development of gluten. This video conveys that importance and will perhaps result in just a little more kneading time and better results for bakers willing to give their dough that extra bit of love.