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help with slashing

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Schola's picture

help with slashing

How do you get nice flat even slashes going in the direction you want? I've tried a bread knife, a razor blade, a lame and finally a pair of scissors. Here is a photo (I hope!) of my last attempt. Any help much appreciated.

LindyD's picture

David Snyder posted a scoring tutorial which you might find helpful:

Also, if you use the term scoring in the search bar, you'll find lots more advice.

Happy scoring....

Schola's picture

Looks great, thanks v much


AW's picture

My biggest problem (at first) was a lack of surface tension. I'm pretty quick and organized so after the final rise I scored a loaf and had the same problem you did. The top of the loaf was too wet, creating drag. The next time I uncovered my loafs a little and waited until the loaf got a tiny bit dry on top. The next time (in impatience) I dusted a bit of flour on it. Both worked and gave me good scoring.


Schola's picture

that's a new idea for me. Will try it next time, thanks v much.

Mukoseev's picture

I bake no-knead bread almost exclusively.  I start them off in a covered dutch oven for ten minutes.  At that point I uncover and continue baking.  At the ten minute mark I score the loaves.  I have gotten nice oven spring at that point and the crust is starting to dry so it is very easy to score the loaves with any kind of blade.  I continue baking uncovered and get a little more spring and a nice bloom.

Schola's picture

thanks very much. I don't have a dutch oven - but a pyrex dish with lid would work I suppose?

nikkiblum's picture

I just pulled a Tartine bread out of the oven. The scoring didn't open. The bread otherwise looks good. But that's a big otherwise. I took it directly from the fridge after an overnight retardation. My breads baked in le Creuset open up beautifully. But these 1kg. boules were too big, so I baked them in a 5qt. soup pot. Maybe Magic Bowl directly on my stone? I did proof them in an overlarge banneton. Is that the culprit?

aly-hassabelnaby's picture

I use a small serrated knife that's very sharp (mainly because I only use it for scoring). It works fine with me but what I've learned from a bit of practice is that you need to be very quick about it. Don't go slowly like you're decorating your loaf. Make it quick and painless for your loaf.