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crust bursts

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Unwanted crust cracks and bursts; any ideas why?

March 2, 2010 - 12:23pm -- davidg618

Today I baked two loaves of Jewish Rye following Greenstein's Secrets of a Jewish Baker, with a few minor changes.

1. For the third stage build of the Rye Sour I used whole rye flour rather than the prescribed white rye flour I used for all previous stages.

2. I reduced the salt to 3/4 Tbls from 1 Tbls.

3. I preheated the oven to 450°F, loaded the loaves, and immediately reduced the oven temperature to the 375°F prescribed.

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