4 Signs Your Sourdough Has Finished Proofing

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How long should you leave sourdough to rise before baking?  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

As air bubbles start to develop, the dough will not only grow in size, but also become lighter and fluffier.

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.

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

The dough will have grown in size, have bubbles, and have a smooth & domed surface.

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