my daily sourdough bread

How To Stretch And Fold Sourdough

Natasha Krajnc

1. After your initial mix and resting period, transfer your dough to a clean, lightly floured surface or a large bowl.

2. Wet your hands to prevent sticking. Gently grab one side of the dough and stretch it upwards without tearing it, then fold it over the center of the dough. Repeat this process for each side of the dough (top, bottom, left, and right), essentially folding the dough into itself.

3. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and repeat the stretching and folding process. This ensures that each side of the dough gets stretched and folded evenly.

4. If working in a bowl, you can perform the stretch and fold directly in the bowl by reaching underneath the dough and pulling one side up and over the center. Rotate the bowl and repeat for each side.

5. Cover the dough with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let it rest for a designated period (usually 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your recipe).

6. Repeat the stretching and folding process two to three more times during the bulk fermentation, maintaining consistent intervals between each fold (e.g., every 30 minutes to 1 hour).

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Natasha Krajnc

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