My amazing sister-in-law Jane was SO lucky to spend a semester in Italy learning how to cook! Well, probably learning other stuff too. But cooking in ITALY! Wow. She taught me the proper way to make a well in baking. Yay! I’d only tried it a couple of times, but it never seemed to work very well. Because I wasn’t doing it quite right. Mystery unfolded. Thanks Janers!!
Don’t make a big pile of flour with an indentation in the middle. That was my big mistake. Make a ring of flour!
Pour in the warm water and sprinkle in yeast and a pinch of sugar to activate it. Sprinkle remaining ingredients around the top of the well (sugar, salt, etc.).
Add a little bit of flour and mix into the water.
Bring flour closer to your forming dough, if needed. Keep mixing in flour with your fingertips.
Once your dough starts coming together, then use your hands!
Thanks Janers, you are the best! I can’t wait for my next lesson!