Healthy Baking Guide

Baking can be very rewarding—especially when the fruits of your labor turn out healthy and delicious. Browse through our best techniques and recipes to start your delectable baking adventure.

How to Make Yeast Breads

Yeast breads have a reputation for being complicated, but really, anyone can make them once they've learned the basics.

Step Six: Punch and Shape Dough
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Step Six: Punch and Shape Dough

Punch the dough down by pressing into the center with a closed fist. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes (this rest period makes the dough easier to handle), and then shape it into the desired form (rolls, loaves, etc.) for the final rise. Place the shaped dough on a baking sheet or in a pan. Coat the dough lightly with cooking spray, and cover it (just as you did for the first rise). The rising procedure and checking for doneness are the same as for the first rise. Then bake the bread according to the recipe's directions.

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