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"Stretch Bread" -- Anyone ever heard of it?

September 30, 2007 - 10:12am -- HeyLaurel

There is a bakery in my area (Syracuse, New York) that makes the most delicious and unusual bread as their signature item.  They call it "Stretch Bread," and it is a ciabatta-like loaf (although longer and not quite as wide), with very large holes throughout the loaf.  The crust is slightly crisp, but iif you pull off a piece rather than cut it, it stretches before it tears.  The inside of the loaf is very elastic, not crumbly at all (unless you let it sit out for a day) and the upper crust is bumpy, evidence of the large air bubbles directly under the crust in the dough i

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