“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: