I have been making bread 2-3 times a week for about a month, and no matter how long I knead the dough (tried for 30 minutes last night) it never becomes smooth and silky. It did not bother me until just recently because the dough DOES become smooth and silky after the first rise when it gets punched down. But I was making noodles (or trying to) and the directions said to knead the heck out of the dough. It said to knead it until it is smooth and silky, and then 10 minutes more. I used all purpose flour for this, and it did become smooth. Bread flour has more gluten so it should come together better than AP flour, right?
Any ideas on how to go from lumpy and torn to smooth and silky?
- posted 11 years ago