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Kneading is a process in the making of bread or pasta dough, used to mix the ingredients and add strength to the final product. Its importance lies in the mixing of flour with water. When these two ingredients are combined and kneaded, the gliadin and glutenin proteins in the flour expand and form strands of gluten, which gives bread its texture. The kneading process warms and stretches these gluten strands, eventually creating a springy and elastic dough. If bread dough is not kneaded enough, it will not be able to hold the tiny pockets of gas created by the leavening agent, and will collapse, leaving a heavy and dense loaf.


Kneading is an activity common to all domestic cats whereby, when in a state of ease, they alternately push out and pull in their front paws, often alternating between right and left limbs.

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Google previewCatWise (2016)

America's Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions by Pam Johnson-Bennett

Pam's Answer: Kneading is a behavior many cats exhibit, and cat parents find it endearing and fascinating. If the cat's nails haven't been trimmed lately, however, the behavior can also be a bit on the painful side, as you've experienced. Where ...

Google previewThe Cat Bible (2007)

Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know by Tracie Hotchner

Kneading is a powerful expression of trust and affection and should be treated and accepted as such.

Google previewFood That Really Schmecks (2009)

by Edna Staebler

Kneading is a kind ofr evelling: it makes one feel like a primitive, pioneer woman—unstarvable, selfsustaining and joyful. Bevvy sings happy ...

Google previewUses of Television (2002)

by John Hartley

As a television teaching method, kneading is not a passive metaphor for either party involved; it's not of the 'sitting with Nellie' school of education. For the televisor (broadcaster), kneading is a vigorous and rewarding activity, and as anyone ...

Google previewTruffles, Candies, and Confections (2012)

Techniques and Recipes for Candymaking by Carole Bloom

Kneading is a process of mixing and working a substance until it is smooth and supple. Flavors and colors are blended into marzipan most successfully by hand kneading. To add tlavor to marzipan, make a well in the center of the marzipan ...

Google previewThe Happy Book (2009)

by Rachel Kempster, Meg Leder

kneading is a stress-buster and freshly baked ◊ 168 ◊...

Google previewNotes from the Larder (2013)

A Kitchen Diary with Recipes by Nigel Slater

Kneading is a good way to start the year. Tactile, peaceful, creative, there is something grounding about baking a loaf on New Year's Day. We have baked bread since the New Stone Age. There has been a decade of New Year's loaves in this ...

Google previewThe No-Salt, Lowest-Sodium Baking Book (2007)

by Donald A. Gazzaniga

kneading is that this book was designed for those with heart disease. Although the term “heart disease” can mean different things to different patients, it almost always involves a loss of enduring physical strength. Some patients even only ...

Google preview100 Great Breads (2015)

The Original Bestseller by Paul Hollywood

Kneading is an important part of ...

Google previewMosby's Massage Therapy Review (2014)

by Sandy Fritz

Kneading/Pétrissage/Pulling/Skin Rolling Kneading is a technique in which the soft tissue is lifted, rolled, and squeezed. Terms related to knead/petrissage methods are fulling, wringing, and rolling The main purpose of this manipulation is to ...

Google previewTechnology of Breadmaking (2015)

by Stanley Cauvain

The work done during kneading is a function of the flow rate and tool speed. Some manufacturers include variable-speed tool drives in order to adjust the dough development with respect to recipe, throughput and product requirements.

Google previewModalities for Massage and Bodywork (2014)

by Elaine Stillerman

Kneading is an assessment to identify any connective tissue bind and the stroke that reduces it. Active and passive joint movements are range-of-motion assessments that may become a muscle energy technique to lengthen and stretch an ...

Google previewOut of the House of Bread (2016)

Satisfying Your Hunger for God with the Spiritual Disciplines by Preston Yancey

Kneading is a work of wrestling, of working out something from chaos into something that has form. Intercessory prayer is like that. We are working out with God the mess of things, the chaos of being, and seeing what shape and form it could ...

Google previewZondervan Bible Dictionary (2009)

by J. D. Douglas, C. Merrill

They are called “ kneading bowls” in RSV. KJV has “store” for the same Hebrew word where ASV and ...

Google previewDictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines (1878)

by Andrew Ure

The kneading being completed, the dough is left to rest for some time, and then divided ...

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Scrabble value of K5N1E1A1D2I1N1G2

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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