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laurenkem's avatar

A tip for kneading, please?

Asked by laurenkem (3383 points ) July 7th, 2012

This seems like a silly question, but I have major issues when it comes to actually baking instead of just cooking. If a recipe indicates that I should knead the dough 10 times, does that mean that I count:

1 (¼ turn the dough), 2 (¼ turn the dough), etc? Or is a completely different premise? In other words, what constitutes one “knead” of the dough? Thanks for your help!

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thorninmud's avatar

Each cycle (or “knead”, as you say) involves pushing the dough out with the heel of the hand, then folding it back onto itself, then doing the ¼ turn.

gasman's avatar

To reward good service? No, wait, that’s A need for tipping. Sorry, I know nothing of baking but kneading dough is a commonly used metaphor for the mathematics of chaos in non-linear dynamic systems, where points in phase space are continually brought together from far-away locations.

By backward inference I’d conclude that proper kneading requires repeated cycles of folding the dough by bringing edges together toward the middle & stretching.

tedibear's avatar

@thorninmud is right. As usual. ;-)

laurenkem's avatar

@gasman Wow, snark much? Pretty amused with yourself right now? Good.

Thanks to @thorninmud for providing a true answer to a simple question.

ETpro's avatar

@gasman You win the Johannes Kepler award for Intuitive Application of Mathematics. You have managed to correctly solve a problem that lay completely outside your fields of knowledge just by knowing which of the many maths was kneaded to solve it.

Buttonstc's avatar

Just ask any cat, they are all lifelong experts at kneading—learned it as kittens :)

gasman's avatar

@laurenkem Offered to lighten the mood, not just be the obnoxious guy derailing people’s questions with a spittle lunarism – er, a little spoonerism now and then. Can we settle for half-snarky? @ETpro As my test scores show, sometimes I can be a good guesser.

Seriously, please explain what is meant by a ¼ turn?

thorninmud's avatar

@gasman ¼ turn = 90 degrees

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