How to knead dough

Super Food Ideas Food Editor Kim Coverdale takes you through the delicate process of kneading dough so you make the perfect loaf, every time!

Step 1
Once you've made a basic dough (you can follow this recipe for step-by-step bread dough), turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.

Step 2
Knead the dough for 10 to 15 minutes or until it's smooth and elastic. Kneading by hand is a simple process of folding the dough towards you, then pushing it away from you with the heel of your hand. Continue, turning clockwise with each fold - you'll know it's ready if it springs back when pressed with your fingertip.

Step 3
Place the dough in a large, lightly-greased bowl. Cover and set it aside in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.

Step 4
Using your fist, punch the dough down to remove any air bubbles caused by the yeast. Knead until smooth.

Step 5
Follow the rest of your recipe to completion.

Super Food Ideas - February 2010

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