Dough Windowpane Test

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The windowpane test is a technique used to determine if bread dough has been sufficiently kneaded and developed gluten. Here's how to perform the windowpane test:

  1. Take a small piece of dough and use your fingers to stretch it out gently. Try to make it thin enough to see through, like a windowpane.

  2. If the dough tears easily or has visible holes, it needs more kneading. You can continue to knead the dough by hand or with a stand mixer until it passes the windowpane test.

  3. If the dough stretches without tearing and you can see light shining through it, congratulations! Your dough has passed the windowpane test.

The windowpane test is useful because it ensures that your bread dough has the proper gluten structure to rise and hold its shape during baking. Over-kneaded dough can become tough, while under-kneaded dough may not hold its shape or rise properly. The windowpane test can help you achieve the right balance and ensure that your bread turns out soft, chewy, and delicious.

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