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Apr. 14th, 2009

02:35 am - I feel the need ... the need to knead!

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Date:April 14th, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
You shouldn't, incidentally, need to knead dough that's been made by the breadmaker. Any breadmaker worth its paddle should do the kneading (and proving) for you, so that you can put the dough straight in the oven, because it's the kneading that's the trickiest part of the process.
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Date:April 15th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
According to my breadmaker manual ("Breville Bread Master"), the steps go like this:

StageBasic Med.Dough
Pre Knead33
1st Knead1515
2nd Knead2222
1st Rise4045
2nd Rise45
Total (hours/minutes)3:251:30

(I've omitted some irrelevant rows/columns from that table.)

I think something's slightly screwy, because if I add up the timings in the "Basic Med." column then I get 200 minutes (i.e. 3h20m). Also, the only difference between "Basic Light", "Basic Med.", and "Basic Dark" is the duration of the Bake step (65/70/75 minutes respectively), but adding/subtracting 5 minutes here apparently changes the total by 20 minutes.

It also seems slightly odd that the breadmaker does both kneads before the first rise; Delia recommends alternating (knead/rise/knead/rise), which seems more sensible.

Anyway, the point is that dough is almost identical to making a loaf, up until the end of "1st Rise"; it's then up to me to do a 2nd rise. That's not really a problem, because I have to get the dough out of the breadmaker tin anyway, and reshape it for the loaf tin, and pummelling it in between only adds an extra minute or so to the process.
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