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Shaping a Sandwich Loaf

MarkWorsnop's picture

Shaping a Sandwich Loaf

I have almost made a great sour dough using white wheat berries etc etc... I was so happy with the bread, but today my daughter came home with a cheap loaf of white bread from the grocery store. Her complaint is the bread I make is not the right shape and tastes too strong.  :(  

So I have been trying to figure out how to make a plain old white loaf with a good shape. I figure I can use the white bread flour from the store, but I haven't figured out how to make a good shape.  I have a couple bread pans but they make a small loaf. So what is the trick for shape? Maybe I need to find a bigger bread pan?

Also I have a large oven and have a stone on the entire bottom rack. My bread comes out great using he stone, not sure how of if I would use the stone when trying to make plain old sandwich bread?

orang3's picture

There might be another way, but i know these things make perfectly shaped loafs.

Janetcook's picture

THIS post by txfarmer is excellent on shaping. Her directions are easy to follow and I have always had excellent results following her lead.

You might also check out bread shaping techniques in the video section above. I believe there are some included or links to youtube which has tons of videos on the subject.  Look for entries by King Arthur Flour videos or Cirl Hitz.

Have Fun,



tgrayson's picture

Homemade bread will go stale pretty fast, so small loaves are better. Rather than trying to match your daughter's expectations, give her time to learn what good bread tastes like.

MarkWorsnop's picture

Thank you everyone for the comments. They will help a lot!  Thanks again...