Why you need to let dough rest
After yeast dough has risen, you need to gently punch it down and knead it a few times to release the gases created by the yeast. Next, shape the dough into a ball and let it rest, covered in plastic wrap or an inverted bowl, for about 10-15 minutes before proceeding. This will relax the gluten and the dough’s elasticity, making it easier to roll out the dough and shape the knots. Skip this step and you’re actually making your job a little more difficult.