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Discover the joy of a slice of home baked bread, straight from the oven, with the tips and recipes in this bread baking video series.
You Will Need
- Cooking oil
- Plastic wrap
- Warm, draft-free location
- Baking sheet
- Nonstick cooking spray (optional)
Make a ball, oil it, put in a bowl
Round off your dough -- form it into a ball -- and place the ball in an oiled bowl. Then oil the dough ball and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
Wait for first rise
Place the bowl in a warm, draft-free location -- between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. Wait for the dough to double in size, about an hour to an hour and a half. Test it for doneness by using 2 fingers to poke the ball. If the indentation sticks, the dough is ready.
Punch it down
Punch the dough down: Use your hands to push all of the air out of the dough. This lets out some of the carbon dioxide made by the yeast, relaxes the gluten, and equalizes the temperature.
Allow a second proof
Sprinkle flour over your work surface and gently knead the dough. Then shape it and place it on a baking sheet, letting it rise again until it nearly doubles in size again. It won't take as long the second time, and the dough may not fully double in size.
Bake the dough
Bake your dough following your recipe instructions. You'll know it's done when the crust is golden brown and, when you tap on it, the tap sounds hollow.