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Why do you knead bread dough?

Asked by mark (225points) July 19th, 2008

I mean other than to mix the ingredients more thoroughly, why is kneading such and important part of bread-making? What does it do to the dough?

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XCNuse's avatar

isn’t it to activate the yeast?
to get carbon dioxide into it?

marinelife's avatar

Kneading is a crucial step.

From E-How:
“Kneading does three crucial things for bread: it distributes the yeast and other ingredients evenly and thoroughly, it develops the gluten in the dough, and it introduces air. The gluten, or wheat protein, is what enables the dough to stretch instead of collapsing when the yeast grows inside it. If the gluten isn’t developed, the dough won’t rise well and will produce a heavy loaf – rather like a brick.”

PupnTaco's avatar

^ that’s why.

mark's avatar

Thanks so much! :)

osullivanbr's avatar

I don’t need anything.

Ah you know what I was going for here.

blueberryme's avatar

Crazy! Bread that doesn’t need kneading! :) Trying this recipe out is on my to-do list for this week. I’ve heard nothing but raves about it!

breedmitch's avatar

@blueberryme: You will love that recipe! I made bread for years the standard way. Now, I only use Jim Leahy’s method.

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