My ultimate bread - learn the secrets of "slow baking"


Step 4: Kneading the dough

Picture of kneading the dough
4-6 hours before i intend to bake, i add the other half of the flour and the salt. You can mix it with your hands or take your mixer with the kneading hooks.
After incorporating all the ingredients, the dough needs to be kneaded properly. When you do it by hand, it will take around 10-15 minutes. Using a hand mixer with kneading hooks or a KitchenAid or Kenwood type of machine, it it takes around 5-7 minutes.
When you overdo the kneading, the dough will go from springy to slack pretty quickly and you need to start over with a new dough. It is very unlikely to overknead it manually, with a machine, it can happen easily.
As you can see on the pictures, i use a bread maker to mix, ferment the preferment, add the remaining ingredients, knead and ferment again. This way i only need one container with integrated mixing and kneading hook and it is covered while fermenting. The only task i don't use the bread maker, is for baking.

gemjunky5 years ago
can one use a bread machine to do the kneading, and if yes, how long to knead? Thnx.
t.rohner (author)  gemjunky5 years ago
This is a Panasonic SD-253 bread machine. I use the pizza dough program. This program takes 45 minutes, but the kneading time is around 10-15 minutes.