On making dough & other things…

Working with dough is something like watching your lover wake up to you all groggy in the early morning… But slowly, little by little, you feel him come out of his sleepy state and snuggle up to you, warm and delicious… 

It’s a primal thing, a most satisfying and grounding thing… although not always an easy thing at first…  Learning to work the dough requires patience, letting go of timetables, being in the moment, being at one with it … 

Working the dough allows you to express yourself, your feelings, your delight, your anger, your passion (and even your violent nature as you throw the dough) …

You start with the raw and seemingly lifeless ingredients of flour, yeast and water…

You mix and mould them into a sticky mess…

You knead and knead… and knead… and throw… and knead…

You start getting into the rhythm…

And finally, you start to feel the dough warm up in your hands…its silky smooth softness ready to be shaped into anything you desire!

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2 thoughts on “On making dough & other things…

  1. Two great books on bread:

    Dough: Simple Contemporary Breads by Richard Bertinet
    Crust: Bread to Get Your Teeth Into (With DVD) by Richard Bertinet

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