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I don't have a wood surface to work on, how can I compensate? Answered

Can I warm up a Formica table surface with a warm towel to help the dough to relax?

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Paige RussellBest Answer (author)2017-04-03

Hi Rosemarie,

The reason I site a wood work surface as the 'go to' for making pasta dough is because wood doesn't take or give very much heat energy the way some other surfaces do (the science of conductivity). Wood let's the dough do it's 'friction + room temp' thing which helps develop the protein structures of the dough. Another shout out for a wood work surface, is that it's also better to knead on as it offers a bit more grip for stretching the dough, which helps build it's elasticity.

Having said that, don't let not having a wood surface prevent you from trying to make the dough on what you have at home! Making/kneading the dough on your formica table won't be the end of the world. You will still get delicious noodles. So I wouldn't worry about heating it up with a towel. :)

(If you do ever decide to invest in a wooden surface, 18 x 14" would be the minimum size I'd recommend getting.)

I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions on your road to pasta making dreams!


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