What is the purpose of folding/toweling my no-knead bread?
October 15, 2007 8:12 PM Subscribe
What is the purpose of folding and covering my no-knead bread with a towel?
posted by ceberon to Food & Drink (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm talking about the No-knead bread recipe, as mentioned on this post: (http://ask.metafilter.com/73507/Make-my-No-Knead-bread-tastyer)
So the instructions on all of the no-knead bread recipes say that after the bread rises for 12-24 hours in a sealed container, you fold the dough a few times, and then cover it with a towel and let it sit for around 2 hours.
1. Why do you fold the dough? What does this do? I enjoy understanding why things work, and in cooking I figure it will help improve my skills.
2. What does covering it with a towel do? Why a towel? Does it absorb moisture? Keep moisture in?
Anyway, if anyone can provide some explanations for how bread baking works, especially this recipe, that would be great.