Sometimes I like to make a whole bunch of dough and leave it in the fridge. This helps the flavor and I get to make fresh bread everyday. The other day I decided it was getting a little old and it was time to bake it all. The recipe was a tried and true Honey Whole Wheat blend but even with the same old dough, I wanted to make it new. That’s when it hit me. It was time to start experimenting with how to shape bread. I was going for dinner roll shapes and here’s what I learned.
Braid your Bread
Being a man who buzzes his head once a week I had no idea how to this, but my wife was quite the master at this technique. The bread came out looking beautiful and pulled
apart easily when eating. This is a technique I will certainly use again.
Cinnamon Roll Style
Okay, picture a cinnamon roll. Roll out a rope of dough, then flatten the rope. Now roll the flat rope up until it looks like, well, a cinnamon roll, except in my case it was a Honey Whole Wheat Roll, still good, beautiful texture, and airy in the center.
The Many Folds Technique
I came up with this one all by myself. First make a ball with the dough. Then flatten it out. Now take a one side and fold it to the center. Then take another side and fold it to the center. Keep going until you made something that looks like a star or flower or use your imagination, whatever! Either way you end up with something artsy that also crisps up well in a hot oven.Not all of my experiments went well but it was sure fun to play with the dough like a little kid playing with..well..play-doh.
How do you shape your dough?