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What should I cover bread dough with while it's rising?

If you let (bread) dough rise, the recipe always asks to cover it. Years ago, I read to cover it with a wet towel. Nowadays, I see more and more recipes that ask for plastic wrap (aka saran or cling ...
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How do you raise your dough in cold seasons?

It is winter down here in Australia and I find it challenging to find a warm spot to raise my bread dough. What I have been doing is placing the dough in the oven (not switched on) with a pot of hot ...
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Using low oven temperature to accelerate proofing

During wintertime it is often cold enough in my apartment that proofing takes much longer than in summer. I'd like to use my oven to create a warmer environment, in which the dough would rise faster. ...
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Why is my baguette type bread coming out almost flat?

I bake bread almost every day. Mostly French baguettes, old stretch and fold every 45 mts. method for 1st proofing, couche for 2nd rise. Make sourdough too. But my bread loaves, which were coming ...
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How should I clean, or care for, a banneton (brotform, proofing basket)?

How should I care for a rattan (cane) banneton? It would seem that washing it in water would eventually warp or ruin the basket since the wood can easily absorb moisture. I've seen people suggest ...
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What the advantage of a 'bakers couche' for proofing bread and is it safe?

A bakers couch is just floured fabric, whats the advantage to using it? King Arthur's site says that it promotes chewy, crunchy crust - how's that? If I'm just keeping it floured and not washed all ...
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Bagel Failure - what happened?

Last night we tried to make bagels. We used this quick video online to give us the basics in terms of process and then we used the measurements from this website. We proofed the yeast for a few ...
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Challah Loaf Tearing

I think the bread looks mostly okay for a first go at it, but I'm looking for any advice on the slight tearing. Thanks for your help!
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Working with a slack (sticky) sourdough

My background is in microbiology and I have fairly recently started making sourdough. I have been working up my sourdough recipe getting lots of information from friends and the internet. The recipe ...
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What are the advantages of "bathed" bread?

There is a technique of making bathed bread. For it, the dough is kneaded as usual, then shaped into a boule, bound in cheesecloth, and submerged in water for the first proofing. When it floats up, ...
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Does no-yeast dough need to rest?

I'm learning to make wheat tortillas, and it called my attention that this person is not letting her dough rest. Would you let the dough rest even if the recipe does not have any yeast? or is it not ...
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Bagel Sponge: Room Temp or Proofing Temp?

I have a new recipe to make deli-style bagels. It calls to let the initial sponge stand in a large mixing bowl at room temperature for 2 hours, sealed with cellophane. I have had troubles in the past ...
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Sourdough bread uncooked from inside

My sourdough starter is 9 days old. Today it doubled in around 6 hours. Following this recipe, I performed following steps: I mixed 400g AP Flour, 160g starter, 230g water and 10g salt. Kneading: I ...
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Does it matter if I freeze dough before proofing?

I made some pizza dough today and only used 1/3 of it. The other portions I decided to put in the freezer to use later on. I froze them before proofing though. Does this matter? Should I have let them ...
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How do I substitute proofed dried active yeast for fresh yeast?

I have a recipe that calls for fresh yeast, but I want to substitute a particular weight of dried active yeast for the fresh yeast. It seems from this question that I do not need to proof the dried ...
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Does proofing time depend on the quantity of dough?

One recipe, for example, specifies the dough should be left to rise for 4 hours. If I make halt the amount of dough, will the proofing time change? I'm not providing the recipe because I will be ...
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How to store bread dough in the fridge for proofing?

My bread book says that I can store the shaped loaves of white bread with sourdough starter and yeast in the fridge overnight instead of just leaving them to proof for two hours outside under a moist ...
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Unable to understand the second rise

Novice here,not able to understand why second rises are neccessary. Some says that second proof can make the bubbles distribute more evenly but ,say,if I knead the dough properly and it has a nice ...
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Bread dough flattens during final proof & almost no oven spring

Since several weeks I'm trying to get my bread to rising more in the oven. I experimented quite a bit but the results are still far from perfect. Everything goes fine until the shaping of the loaf. ...
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What kind of flour keeps bread dough from sticking in a proofing basket?

When proofing down in a bread basket (not just a smooth bowl), what kind of flour keeps the dough from actually sticking? Is there a technique that works? Normal wheat flour seems to be to readily ...
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Why proof a baguette seam side up

Why do i need to proof the bread seam up if i pinch the fold? Most of the recipes say to do this on the couche and then roll over and slash . I don't see any difference in the finished bread. As long ...
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What is the purpose of proofing dough in several stages

I've seen several recipes for various doughs that have several (usually 2) stages of proofing. Start by just letting the dough to rise in a bowl. Separating the dough into the desired number of ...
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Bread proofing times fridge versus room temp

I've recently started to try to make my own bread. I am starting with baguettes because they seem like a fairly straightforward kind to start with. Recipes I've seen online will either say to leave ...
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should I let my sourdough loaf proof in the fridge or on the counter?

I've been watching tons of videos on making sourdough recently, and quite a few say to let the sourdough loaf do its final proof, or rise, in the fridge. Is this necessary? Would it speed up if I just ...
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Is there a way predict proving times of dough (without experience)?

I make homemade pizza dough and other breads and baked goods quite regularly, but only have started to do so recently. One of the issues I have run into is that recipes always come with their own ...
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How do I keep French bread loaves from drying out while in the Couche?

When rising my french bread loaves or baguettes: how do I keep them moist enough to expand without making a mess of the couche? Ciabattas for instance have short proofing times as they still have ...
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Chewy, Moist & Bit Uncooked Bread

I used a pre ferment of yeast flour & water kept for 3 hours to ferment. Later kneaded this into whole wheat dough I had kneaded earlier. Then rising, rolling it , rising again over 2 hours. Till ...
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Rye bread: proof until soft

I see this instruction when making rye bread: let it proof until soft. How can I tell when it's soft? I keep baking Jewish rye and letting it proof longer and longer and it certainly starts to feel ...
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Underside of dough in proofing basket pulls apart

When I form a loaf out of dough and put it upside-down into a proofing basket, the bottom of the loaf sometimes begins to pull apart from itself, as if the dough isn't sticking to itself as much as it ...
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Red spots found in Active Dry yeast

I just proofed my active dry yeast in water and sugar. When I came back a few minutes later, i found small red specks in the yeast mixture. I figured that it was just something in the water or ...
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How do I prevent crust formation when proofing pizza dough?

While proofing, the crust can appear on the dough balls if in contact with air (oxygen). I tried preventing by damp cloth but it still happens. The only thing that works 100% is plastic foil wrap, but ...
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Proofing pizza dough with an electric oven

I used to make pizza dough effortlessly when I had a gas oven. The pilot was enough to keep a warm temperature. My last two ovens have been electric ovens. I have tried many approaches, including ...
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Can you freeze bread dough when it's done proofing to bake later?

Has anyone put bread dough in the freezer overnight (covered), and then tried to bake it straight out of the freezer? I believe you can put it in the fridge, and then straight into the oven from ...
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How can I tell when my dough is sufficiently proofed?

I baked some French bread today. The result was extremely dense, and based on the grain structure, I believe it was under proofed. (When cut, the cross section showed that it was denser at the bottom, ...
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Pizza dough dipping in middle during proofing

Yesterday afternoon I made some pizza dough for use on Friday (tomorrow). I mixed in all of the ingredients after blooming the yeast then split the dough into 4 equal parts and placed them in oiled ...
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How do I modify my sourdough rising/proofing time to account for not using enough starter?

This is my first time trying to bake sourdough bread after feeding a mature AP/wheat starter I got from a friend. I fed the starter a 1:1:1 mixture with AP flour and let it rise in a very warm room(~...
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Collapsing bread

The last two attempts at my sourdough have resulted in flat bread...I mixed the dough, let it proof for the 12-18 hours. Then when I went to shape it for the final proof, it became much more moist and ...
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How to proof croissants in the hot weather?

I tried to cook croissants following a recipe. The whole process went smoothly, there was no butter melted and the yeast was still active. But when I proof the laminated dough, they wouldn't rise. I ...
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Bagels: Flat, no rise, gummy inside. Over kneading?

Edit: thanks for all the advice! I worked these half as much, and made sure to let them cool. Great, round results!! To start, I'm using this recipe: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/...
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What holds low temperature the best for bread baking?

I would like to follow this recipe. However, I am a little wary about setting my crock pot for 7-12 hours like it says. I am unsure it can keep the 110 F temperature. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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*Cannot* get that "Oven Spring"

I cannot, for the life of me (no matter what recipe I try), ever get the bread to rise that last bit in the oven. It always falls a bit instead. It proofs nicely, but it just won't rise more in the ...
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Dough safety and viability after overproofing

We made dough using the below recipe last night, and realised this morning that we had left it at ~70°F (covered) for ~15 hours. Questions: What would be the symptoms of dough going "bad"? How ...
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Why slow ferment after shaping?

Many people say you have to slow ferment your bread after shaping to give it better flavor, but I can never understand that. Why not just slow ferment the whole batch then shape it when it is done ...
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Using proofed (?) yeast in a recipe (confused about amounts)

I'm following a recipe that begins with "process 3.25 cups flour and 1/8 tsp instant or rapid-rise yeast in food processor until combined, then slowly add 1.25 cup ice water" On the instant ...
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Excess flour in banneton after proofing

I finally got around to buying bannetons for my bread baking and just used one for the first time. Worked great! However, I used rice flour to coat the interior and, after releasing the dough, there ...
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Right time to put hotdog rolls into oven

I am confused about this. On proofing hot dog rolls, when is the right time to put the rolls into the oven? Should I wait till the yeast is done proofing in which case the rolls become too undesirably ...
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Proofing container: air tight vs simple bowl

After my pizza preparation, from a dough that has spent already a night in the fridge, I always leave about 200g of dough to make a small white pizza to accompany my meal on the day after my pizza ...
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Using over-rested pizza dough as old dough

I made pizza dough (flour, olive oil, 1 tsp salt, 7g instant yeast and cold water) last night but never got around to using it. It is still sitting covered in the bowl resting on the counter (temp ~ ...
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Pizza bulk fermentation vs proofing (2nd cycle)

I recently made Pizza following a recipe that asked to bulk ferment for 24 hours in the fridge, then shape and then proof for another 24 hours in the fridge (in the shape of balls). However, I read ...
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bread making remove butter

Most recipes for bread machines have 2 tablespoons of softened butter in them. Will omitting this modify the recipes, and are there substitutes for butter?
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