Hi there. I'm a newbie at making bread, but I love Italian Easter bread (the one with the colored eggs in the shell baked into the top) so I thought I'd give it a try.
I have a KitchenAid mixer and used that to mix and knead the dough. Now my dough rose verrrry slowwwly and its kinda dense. My mom used to make bread when I was a kid and this dough doesn't look right -- kinda dry.
So I googled, etc. and from what I can tell, I probably added too much flour and the dough is doing a super slow rise because its too dense.
My question is, can I salvage this dough by throwing it back in the mixer with a little water? To basically, make it less floury and dense? Then do another rise, shape, and go?
I've already shaped it into a braid (despite its denseness) but the second rise is also crazy slow.