The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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First question here, baguette scoring. Please help!

March 27, 2013 - 8:50am -- maojn

Hi everyone, 

First I would like to express how much I love this site. I just post my first article actually about my baguettes, customized kneading board on sink, and Pain de Campagne.  Today I am going to post my first question and I know you guys will definitely help me out!

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Effects of proofing on scoring?

June 2, 2012 - 1:32pm -- jcamador

So the loaf on the left was proofed about 75% and the one on the right was fully proofed. I noticed that the scoring on the left was jagged, whereas on the fully proofed loaf on the right it was smooth and crisp. Is there a direct correlation between the degree of proof and the resulting physical characteristics? Any ideas would be helpful..Thanks!


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Help, My bread isn't springing and my scoring is useless!

February 7, 2012 - 12:42pm -- Gan

I'm a new user and a somewhat-new bread baker.  I've been making french bread and have been having problems in the oven.  I don't know if these problems are related, but my bread doesn't rise much in the oven the the scores don't open up when I bake.  Sometimes the bread will split elsewhere while baking.

Here's what I usually do:

Proof yeast (usually one packet, 2 1/4 tsp) in 1/3 cup warm water for ~5 minutes

Mix 3 1/2 cups AP flour (organic Whole Foods brand) with 2-2 1/2 tsp salt and 3 1/2 tsp vital wheat gluten.

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