Knead Bread Dough

Man kneading bread dough
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Kneading bread dough can be one of the most enjoyable steps of bread baking. Follow these basic instructions to learn how to use your hands when kneading dough.

Here's How

  1. Pay attention to table/counter height to avoid straining your back. Use a counter or tabletop that allows you to extend your arms to knead the dough while not making you hunch over the table.
  2. When you knead, you will use only the heels of your hands. Push down on dough with your hand heels.
  1. Fold the dough in half.
  2. Turn the dough about 45 degrees and knead with your hand heels again.
  3. Continue to knead, fold and turn the dough for the required length of time or to the consistency suggested.


  1. Lightly dust your hands with flour to keep the dough from sticking to you.
  2. Kneading can be messy. Wear old clothes or an apron to prevent flour from getting on your good clothing.
  3. Always keep a measuring cup of flour beside your work area to prevent the dough form sticking to your counter or kneading board.