bread for beginners and recently read a good post on no knead bread. I would like to share with you a couple of the useful things I have learned since I began to make bread.
Tip One - Make sure you knead the bread long enough. It needs (pardon the pun) to become elasticy and bounce back when touched.
Tip Two - For those who are having trouble getting their bread to rise........ put your dough into one of those (horrible) plastic storage containers, fill a saucepan with boiling water and place it in there too, on a heat proof surface. I use a bread board or similar. The atmosphere stays warm and moist and the bread rises beautifully!
Tip Three - After kneading, my hands need a wash to remove the residual dough. Because they are already spotless from a thorough wash before I began the kneading process, I wash them with hot water above the bowl in which I want to leave the bread to rise. This warms the bowl for me at the same time. (I am always conscious of using water wisely) In winter, both my ceramic and stainless steel bowls are very chilly and would not encourage a good rise.
I hope you get something useful from this post. If you know all of this already and have more to add, please share!