Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Food & Drink
  3. Food & Recipes

The second rising: Why punching dough down is necessary

See also

Before bread dough can be baked it is important to follow the directions completely for the best flavor, texture, strength and elasticity. For the most desirable bread loaves the dough must be allowed to rise causing the yeast to ferment.

During the fermentation process gases are created that cause the dough to rise and leaven the bread. Then those gases rise and stretch which then causes the development of the gluten in the dough during the kneading process.

Once the dough rises a second time and you deflate it by kneading it or punching- it down it distributes the sugars, years and warmth within the dough. This allows the yeast to continue to ferment which results in a finer grain, better gluten development and enhances the flavor.

After the dough has risen the second time check to ensure it didn’t over-rise. You don’t want this to happen. When it does excess gases are created which the dough itself can’t support and more likely than not will cause the dough to collapse once it is baked.

To check if dough has risen too much, just gently press the dough with your finger. If your finger imprint remains in the dough, the dough is prepared properly and ready to bake. The dough also expands in the oven during the baking process too. If the imprint you made bounces back immediately the dough rose too much during the second fermentation or rising and may not bake with the expected results you were looking for.

The rise and fall of dough creates the perfect loaf of bread!

© 2014 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved



  • Hyundai Sonata
    The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is one amazing car, has terrific value and astonishing design
    13 Photos
  • Asparagus and shrimp stir-fry
    Asparagus and shrimp: Try this quick and really tasty stir-fry
    8 Photos
  • Pauley Perrette
    Hair color sends Pauley Perrette from NCIS to the emergency room
    5 Photos
  • Alternative medicine
    Alternative medicine: Remedies to make the bugs in your body go away for good
    7 Photos
  • Smart tray
    Need more counter space in the bathroom? Try the Smart Tray
    5 Photos
  • Wazee Supper Club
    Wazee Supper Club's summer menu is here to help you beat the summer heat
    6 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum and Juicy Fruit Fruity Chews
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517703788" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Time to get tickled pink: Cook up some brine for a jar of pickled eggs
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518329988" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Top flavor in America
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518327685" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>