1. You've let your bread rise twice. After that second rising, punch it down again and then turn it out onto a floured surface. Flatten it to expel all the air, and divide it in half with a knife (we're assuming a two-loaf recipe here). Then, shape each half into a round, cover, and let the dough rest for ten minutes. This will make the dough easier to work with. Kind of like when your kids take a nap (I remember those days).
|Flattened and ready to be divided. It's just dough...not medieval torture.|
|You can re-shape the halves into circles, if that helps. Fold over the top toward the center.|
|Fold the left corner in toward the center.|
|Fold the left side in toward the center.|
|You guessed it...fold the bottom in toward the center.|
|Fold that little leftover corner on the right in toward the center.|
|Flip the round over and shape it a bit with your hands.|
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