The Key to Baking Great Homemade Sandwich Bread Is Perfectly Kneaded Dough

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The Key to Baking Great Homemade Sandwich Bread Is Perfectly Kneaded Dough

Good sandwich bread is dense enough to keep from falling apart when you slice it, but not so dense that it becomes dry and crumbly. Here’s a trick to help avoid under-kneading and over-kneading your homemade sandwich bread dough.

Kneading dough strengthens the gluten strands that give bread its structure when baked. If you don’t knead it enough, the bread is still edible, but it can fall apart when you try to slice it. If you knead it too much, the bread can lack the moisture needed to keep it held together. Emma Christensen at The Kitchn shares her tip for finding the happy medium:

Check your dough frequently during kneading — don’t just go by the time in the recipe. If the dough is smooth, holds its shape in a ball, and springs back when you poke it, it’s ready! If it puddles in your hand or feels limp, keep kneading. If it starts to feel very tight in your hands, stop kneading.

Christensen also notes that it’s best to knead dough for sandwich bread with your hands and not a stand mixer because it can easily over-knead the dough. You can find more tips for making perfectly sliceable sandwich bread at the link below.

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Perform Awesome Card Illusions With a Homemade Magic Trick Deck

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No matter what anyone says about performing magic tricks, everyone’s jaws drop when they see an amazing illusion. Here’s how you can turn a regular deck of cards into a custom deck that makes doing magic tricks easy.

Over at Make, Gareth Branwyn has a guide—based on a how-to in Mark Frauenfelder’s ebook Trick Decks—for turning a standard deck of cards into what’s known as a “stripper deck.” The cards in this kind of deck are tapered so that even beginner magicians can quickly pull certain cards from the deck with ease. You can see an example of a stripper deck trick in this video from Mark Frauenfelder’s YouTube channel. To make your own, you just need a way to trim each of the cards accurately. Branwyn uses an office paper trimmer with a jig setup that ensures each card gets cut the exact same way. Once you’ve cut the cards properly, your deck is ready to perform several illusions you can find in various magic books or online. Check out the complete guide at the link below for more tips and places to find magic tricks.

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Decks for Magic Card Tricks That You Can Make Yourself | Make

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