So, on my quest of the perfect loaf of bread, I have wanted to see first hand the difference between bread that was mixed, kneaded and baked and bread that was allowed to knead, rise, knead and risen again.
I tried it with French Bread this week:
On the Left:
Mixed, kneaded, rose, baked.
On the Right:
Mixed, kneaded, rose, kneaded, rose, kneaded, rose, baked.
It might be a little hard to see, but the one that was allowed to rise several times had a finer texture and felt a little softer. The air pockets inside the loaf were smaller.