Friday, May 29, 2009

Kneading

I'm a fan. Even though the dough was uber wet, it was still pretty satisfying to get my hands in there and work it... it's neat to both see and feel the gluten strands coming into alignment. Dipping my hands in water repeatedly, and kneading in the bowl seemed pretty effective at keeping gloppy hands minimized (but by no means eliminated).

So, last week might have been the last no-knead bread for me... even though I think it's a pretty foolproof method(burnt bottoms aside) that makes great bread... my first impression of kneading, however, makes me want to make more bread with my hands.