xikka

A collection of things I have made and things I find interesting.


The need to knead

Friday, 3rd April 2020 ◆ Boy studies baked goods (6) ◆ Comments (4)

Whenever I try and make bread, I follow these steps:

  1. Mix water, flour, salt, yeast
  2. Combine into a dough
  3. Knead
  4. Leave to rise
  5. Knead
  6. Bake

I am lazy, though, and am curious if the lengthy kneading at stages 3 and 5 really makes any difference.

Bready steady cook Ingredients at the ready

So, I decided to test it out. I made four rolls with each combination of kneads: before and after, before only, after only and neither.

Four slightly burnt rolls Four slightly burnt rolls
Probably not. Can you tell which is which?

I was hoping to have seen a difference in the way the rolls rose in the oven, but they were all the same size. And after cutting them open... they were all pretty much the same too.

Conclusions:

I would be curious to see the results from someone who is actually good at baking...

Comments

twisted ◆ Friday, 3rd April 2020 at 23:25

Third drops back before queen, produces pies (5)

sunil. ◆ Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 at 13:09

Nice clue! I think "produces Victoria sponge" might be a nice end to the clue - ties it all together?

tann ◆ Thursday, 14th May 2020 at 22:03

Right is the kneaded one I think!

sunil. ◆ Friday, 15th May 2020 at 19:46

Clockwise from top-left: before only, both, after only, neither.