Sticky bread dough

Sticky bread dough

Posted on 25. Dec, 2014 by in Bread and conversation

Of all the lessons our students have learned over the years, two stand out.  The first is that many people do not knead their bread dough vigorously or long enough.  The second is that many people work with dough that is too dry.  The result of kneading and hydrating dough insufficiently is dough that becomes bread that is a brick:  small, dry, hard, and earnest. Good for building.  Less good for eating *unless toasted OF COURSE because everything is good toasted*.  Energetic kneading of wetter and stickier dough, on the other hand, results in well risen, light, and moist bread.  YUM.  YUM we say!

You can watch a video about kneading here in order to see one way of stretching out your dough so that you activate the gluten and help your dough rise.

You can watch a video here about kneading sticky dough.

You can also gaze at the photos to see what sticky dough looks like close up.  See how this dough is sticking to the surface (a scraper helps to bring it back again to enable you to continue kneading.  The lumps are mashed potato, by the way.  Recipe here.

Sticky dough sticks to the surface and that's GOOD!

Sticky dough sticks to the surface and that's GOOD!

See how it sticks to your hands and gets between your fingers.  See how it stretches out when you pull it.  IMG_5193

All this is good.  All this is right.  All this is JUST FINE.

The lesson - don't panic.  Sticky is good.  Sticky is good.

Still confused?  Come and take a baking course with us and we guarantee you will knead some sticky dough and lose your fear of it forever!

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2 Responses to “Sticky bread dough”

  1. Dylan

    21. Aug, 2019

    My dough gets super sticky like in the pictures! How do you shape it into a round when it is this sticky though? Can you over knead a sticky dough?

  2. webmaster

    02. Sep, 2019

    Dear Dylan, sorry for the late response. So, firstly, yes you can over knead sticky dough just like any other dough. If you are using a mixer, just keep it at a low speed. Secondly, with VERY sticky and soft dough, I keep a bowl of flour handy and I flour my hands by dipping them into the bowl. I don't flour the table or the dough or in fact it becomes to slippery to shape well. I am not sure if that helps?

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