not-Wordless not-Wednesday: hand-kneading slack dough

summary: Hand-kneading slack dough is easy and fun too – so fun that we made another video (with sound!!);

We were bemoaning the fact that our camera doesn’t have a recording device and suddenly realized that our MP3 player does! …thank goodness for the internet and the several people who posted tutorials on how to edit movies in Windows Movie Maker. It’s not perfect syncing but it’s close. :lalala:


Hand-kneading – with the help of a dough-scraper, using ‘lift, flip, slap’ and/or ‘hand-wringing’ ways – is easy and satisfying. It’s even easy when someone forgot to add all the flour.


I love the sound of the dough slapping down on Richard Bertinet’s ‘lift, flip, slap’ method that I learned from watching a video that used to be on The slapping part isn’t particularly loud. There is just a nice satisfying *Plop* as the dough hits the board.

The sound of the dough scraper on the board is equally satisfying – like listening to ice-skating. Outdoor ice-skating on a canal on a beautiful crisp sunny day. Please, turn on your speakers and take a listen so you can hear what I hear.

(If you cannot view the video, please try going directly to YouTube: hand-kneading slack dough (with sound!!) May2013)

Please read more about hand-kneading slack dough and what to do if it seems like the sloppy mess refuses to look like dough.





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5 responses to “not-Wordless not-Wednesday: hand-kneading slack dough

  1. Kelly

    Love it! Love your bench knife, mine looks so puny in comparison. Love your kneading board too. Smiled all through the video. :)

    Thank you! I love my bench knife too, Kelly. If it had been up to me (because I’m a skinflint), I would have bought the smaller one, but T insisted that the bigger one for only about $4 more would be better. He’s right! If you can find one this size, it’s worth it. -Elizabeth

  2. Ckay

    Wow, you are quick!
    Thank you for showing the different kneading techniques. I had great fun watching you video.

    Thank you for watching, Ckay! As for the quickness, with slack dough, one has to be. Otherwise it runs all over the board. And right off onto the floor if it wants. (Don’t ask how I know this. :lalala:) -Elizabeth

  3. Claire

    My dog hates the ‘popping down’ sound! Very funny video!

    Thank you, Claire! I know that it’s wrong to be pleased at the displeasure of others, but I love imagining your dog cringing at the plopping down sound. -Elizabeth

  4. ejm

    It was ever so tempting to simply leave out the part where I had forgotten the flour, Tanna. But I decided to leave it in. It’s always so much more interesting (to me, anyway) to see a mistake made and how to correct it. -Elizabeth


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