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Breadmaking Recipes & Tips — Linen couche

How to care for Linen Couches

YOUR NEW COUCHE The characteristics of natural linen, even in these days of synthetic fibres, make it probably the best surface for the proofing of bread dough. It absorbs moisture from the surface of the dough, helping in crust formation, but can release moisture back into the dough if it gets too dry. It also allows bread dough to breathe properly – i.e. releasing the carbon dioxide produced by yeast fermentation and allowing oxygen to circulate. The initial odour is harmless and will not affect your bread; it will disappear in time. Linen is a natural fibre and will contain...

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