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There’s not much in this world better than a fresh-baked loaf of bread—well, unless it’s your fresh-baked loaf. That’s the very best.
But the cleanup that comes with bread baking can be a headache. Dough sticks like glue to bowls and spatulas and definitely fingers. If you’re like me, you turn up the heat and soap up the sponge. After all, it works for other sticky substances like oils and syrups.
“Use cold water first,” she says. “It will prevent the gluten in the flour from activating and becoming that sticky web that coats your sponge.”
Simply rinse (or soak, if you’re multitasking) with cold water to relax the gluten, then use your fingers to rub the dough off. Make sure to throw the doughy blob into the trash so it won’t clog your kitchen sink, then clean as you normally would with warmer water and a sponge.
Ready to give it a try? Here are some of our favorite breads to bake:
Do you have a baking cleaning tip for us? Share your best one in the comments below!