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Punch Down Bread Dough

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Fist Punching Down Dough
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After your yeast or sourdough bread dough is finished with its first rise, recipe instructions will tell you to punch down the dough. Punching down deflates the dough, getting the air out of the dough so that you can knead it and form it into loaves.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: About 1 minute.

Here's How:

  1. Make a fist and push fist into the center of the puffy dough.

  2. Continue using your fist to push the sides of the dough into the center.

  3. Form deflated dough into a ball and remove from bowl.

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