the rise and fall of dough: some questions

Delicious, but I would like a more open crumb
  • My problem with freestyling bread-baking is not knowing exactly when to start baking. Has the dough risen to its full extent yet? Will it still rise? Or will it start falling in the next minute? Is there a better approach than just eyeballing it and hoping for the best? Is this why people follow recipes??
  • Why on earth is autolyse – mixing flour and water together and letting it sit a while before adding yeast and salt – called autolyse when it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with autolysis, the biological process of self-digestion? I came across the term autolysis during beer brewing – it’s when living yeast in the wort/beer feeds on dead yeast, which sounds as disgusting as it’s supposed to smell.

 

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