One of the reasons that I put of any kind of breadmaking for years and years and years was a strong aversion to scraping dough and flour off of the countertop with my fingernails. Then, about 5 years ago, I discovered that a trick from a pumpkin roll recipe worked just as well for kneading and rolling out bread, cookies, etc. This is how it works:
- Lay a tea towel out on the countertop.
2. Sprinkle your tea towel with flour if the recipe says to flour your surface.
3. Knead, roll, cut out cookies, etc. right on the tea towel, adding additional flour as needed.
4. When you’re done, you can just easily shake the extra flour and such into the trash, and toss the towel into the wash if it’s icky. Or, you can fold it up, flour and all, and store it in a sealed plastic bag for the next project. Most of the time, the towel is just flour-y, so you can use it several times.
And the best part is, you don’t ever have to scrape dried dough off of your countertop again. Ever.
Well…actually, the best part is the fresh, homeade baked goods. But the no scraping thing is right up there!