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Old 11-19-2011, 09:07 AM   #1
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Bread making - simple question

I'm new to making (yeast) breads and as I am looking at recipes, most of them call to cover the bread and allow it to rise for a certain period of time. When the recipe says to "cover" the bread, how does one exactly do that? I'm guessing covered by a damp kitchen towel? Or does it mean to actually cover it (i.e. place a bowl over the bread and completely cover?).

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Old 11-19-2011, 09:16 AM   #2
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I have layed a piece of plastic wrap across the bowl, a kitchen towel, and also turned the dough ball out onto a piece of marble and set the bowl over it. They all seem to work.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:10 AM   #3
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The purpose behind covering the bread is to keep moisture in (and foreign matter out). Plastic wrap works perfectly fine.
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I use a tea towel.
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:05 AM   #5
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I have layed a piece of plastic wrap across the bowl, a kitchen towel, and also turned the dough ball out onto a piece of marble and set the bowl over it. They all seem to work.
What he said.

I've been making all our bread products for over 30 years and, depending on how large my quantity of dough is, I use any of the methods pacanis suggested.
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:25 PM   #6
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I have layed a piece of plastic wrap across the bowl, a kitchen towel, and also turned the dough ball out onto a piece of marble and set the bowl over it. They all seem to work.
Same here. I have a set of towels that are specifically for bread making. They are big enough to cover my biggest bowl. I find that keeping the dough in the bowl makes it easier to put the bowl in a warm place for rising. I use the light bulb in my oven for the warmth it gives off. Perfect for rising dough.
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Do any of you spray with a veggie spray on the plastic wrap to keep it from sticking to the dough?
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Do any of you spray with a veggie spray on the plastic wrap to keep it from sticking to the dough?
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I have. Like after forming a French Bread, covering it and letting it rise some more. I usually spray the loaf though, lay the plastic wrap across it and then a light kitchen towel. (I too have specific cotton towels I use)
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:57 PM   #9
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Do any of you spray with a veggie spray on the plastic wrap to keep it from sticking to the dough?
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I never thought to spray. I use towels and not plastic. I don't want to spray my towels. In fact I don't think I like the idea of spraying the bread either. I am afraid it might affect the taste of the crust. I find that if the dough has risen enough to touch the towel, I can pull it from the towel very carefully. And what dough I leave on the towel is so miniscule, it doesn't matter.
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I put the dough in my ancient Tupperware bowl, spray a light spray, cover with plastic film.
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