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Bread Bottoms - looking at the underside

August 13, 2010 - 1:57am -- Mini Oven
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Bread Bottoms   What do they tell us?  Lots of information there yet we tend not to show them.  Yet we flip over a loaf as soon as we have it in our hands, many times before it lands on the cooling rack.   Some bottoms we don't see, others we do.  Dark, they speak of a hot oven; pale, a cooler one.   The hallmark of an English muffin > two bottoms.  They also leave clues as to what surface the loaf was baked.


In a discussion on evidence of the use of baking parchment, the subject of wrinkles came up.

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