4 Signs Your Sourdough Has Finished Proofing

How Long Should you Proof Sourdough for?

When sourdough is left to rise, its characteristics change as it ferments. The dough’s volume has increased The dough is no longer dense Large bubbles can be seen at the top of the dough or sides of the bowl

Sign #1: The Dough’s Density will Change

During the bulk fermentation, the gluten structure will begin to develop, which helps to trap air into the dough. As air bubbles start to develop, the dough will not only grow in size, but also become lighter and fluffier. It will lose its density and become more airy.

Sign #2: The Dough will ‘Feel’ Different

When you handle the dough after its bulk fermentation, it will feel quite different to when you first handled it. The dough will now be very light and have a ‘bouncy’ kind of a feel to it. This is the point at which it is done and ready to shape.

Sign #3: The Dough will Behave Differently

A dough that has been proofed properly will still have ‘strength’ to it when handled. It will feel alive by being a little stubborn in the shape it wants to be. You will find that it has developed stretchiness and elasticity.

Sign #4: The Dough will Look Different after Fermentation

Once the dough has proven for enough time, it will look different. Look out for the following signs: - Grown in size - Bubbles in the dough - Smooth surface - A domed surface

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