oil not flour when kneading bread dough
Posted: 02 September 2010 10:40 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I am posting this hoping to get some opinions from more experienced bread makers than myself. I have come across instructions to use oil on the work surface when kneading bread dough, instead of flour, in order to keep the amount of flour down in the finished product. I tried this on a basic white ‘cob’ and it was fine, but how would this effect the oil content of other breads I wonder? Any takers?

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Posted: 02 September 2010 12:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hi.. I have used oil before and it seems to work fine, but I would only use it during the initial kneading phase and only on a dough that already has oil in it (that’s the purist in me talking).  Once when I oiled the work surface during the loaf formation stage I wound up with a spiral on the inside which caused the texture to be less uniform than I like.  I probably got too enthusiastic with the oil that time.  If you want to use a substance other than flour for kneading, you might want to try…....................WATER!  The Tassajara (sp?) Bread Book ( OK, so I,m dating myself) suggested that for the long kneading times for on their whole wheat breads and I found that it worked really well.  I prefer it to the oil, and most bread doughs can benefit from a little extra water.  When I use this technique I use a fine mister to control how much water.  Hope this helps…
Janet K

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Posted: 02 September 2010 03:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks for this, I got the tip watching the Great British Bakeoff, which is kind of interesting. I’m going to store this tip along with all others, which is to use when appropriate and avoid when not appropriate.

Thanks for the flour info, btw, my husband thinks I’m obsessed.

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Posted: 02 September 2010 03:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Tessajara (spelling?), dates me too! I don’t have that book anymore (I think a housemate in college had it), I feel I should track it down.

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Posted: 02 September 2010 05:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I use a little cooking spray and that works very well.

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