How To “Fold” Bread Dough
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Grab the top edge of the dough. Stretch it up and away, then fold it over the center.
Rotate the bowl 90 degrees and repeat. This strengthens the gluten network in the dough.
Rotate the bowl 90 degrees again and repeat. Stretch, don’t tear. The dough might resist. Be gentle.
Rotate 90 degrees again. Tuck all the edges under so the smooth side is up. Let it rest.