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Help - Bread Kneading Question

Thanks for all the great replies! I guess I am nervous about my ability to judge when it's done (the unknown is scary!) but I am going to go ahead and try it this weekend. I'll make sure I have enough ingredients for a couple tries, as I really want this to work. I'm diligent, so I'm sure I can do it eventually. Maybe this is the beginning of a newfound love for baking bread at home : D

And I didn't think about doing it on the table versus the counter, but I am shorter, so I'll probably do that.

Thanks again people!

Sep 12, 2008
amberjunk in Home Cooking

Help - Bread Kneading Question

Hi! I recently found a soft pretzel recipe that I want to try. The recipe calls for using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, but I don't have that so I am doing this the old fashion way. I've heard (and read on the internet) that you usually double the amount of time called for in the recipe if you're kneading by hand (my recipe calls for 5 minutes on medium) so does that mean I should expect to be spending around 10 minutes kneading?

I know it's hard work, and I'm okay with that. I just don't want to think that I am finished well before I am, or to work the dough too much. I am definitely a novice when it comes to making home made food, so any suggestions would be appreciated!


Sep 11, 2008
amberjunk in Home Cooking