A technique video below showing you how to perform stretch & folds, and also coil folds to build structure and extensibility in your sourdough bread. I show you 3 loaves – working stretch & folds, and coil folds for each series (3 separate times) – this will show you show the dough progresses over time and with handling.
Most sourdough bread is considered a ‘no-knead’ bread and instead uses fermentation, hydration, and time to obtain that beautiful oven spring, creamy and airy texture, and crackly crisp crust.
Having said that – the dough does need to be briefly handled in the first 1/2 of the ‘bulk fermentation’ phase. If you’re not sure what bulk fermentation is – hop over here for a quick glance at terminology.
By handling, I mean it needs to be stretched and folded, or coiled, in stages – usually about 30 minutes apart. This manipulation will build the structure and elasticity in the dough.
In the video below, you’ll see me do the stretch and folds, and also a coil fold, which is another easy technique. I’ve also included a more intermediate style coil fold which really helps with lamination (helpful for more intermediate level loaves).
If you’re new to sourdough – please check my Sourdough School pages, my beginner recipe video and my other technique videos – all in the Sourdough Video Tutorials Tab.