The Fresh Loaf

A Community of Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts.


Justkneadit's picture

Questions on my first SD boule

September 19, 2012 - 3:03pm -- Justkneadit

Seeing how this was my first sourdough boule I couldn't be more proud. The taste was fantasic with a mellow sourness and a creamy crumb. My question lies in why it bloomed the way it did. I will explain how I proofed it and hopefully someone can give me some insight on why I had such monstrous bloom right in the middle.


bertie26's picture

help with bread

August 18, 2012 - 12:48pm -- bertie26

Hello everyone

I am rather disappioted. I baked five laoves of bread today and the laoves all split. I used the same formula that i use everytime.same shaping technique and cannot undesrtand what happened. Would anyone like to suggest anty help and also possible solutions. 

The formula I used was  500g 50/50 whole meal and white flour

starter 130 gr

water 300g

salt 8g.

mixing time was 4 hours proving at room temperature

and after scaling and shaping 4 hours at room temperature

here is some pictures  i took to show 

Les Nightingill's picture

Oven spring from under the loaf iso the top

June 24, 2012 - 6:13pm -- Les Nightingill

Among the many issues I'm struggling with to perfect my sourdough batarde is this...

I'm getting good oven spring, but the loaves always expand mostly through the seam on the underside of the batarde rather than the slashes I've made in the top. I'm guessing that I'm doing something wrong in the shaping. I'm pinching the seam closed tightly, but just can't get the perfect grigne.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

thanks in advance


Doc.Dough's picture

Alternatives to a laminated wood shaping surface

May 30, 2012 - 2:42pm -- Doc.Dough

I have Corian counters and had difficulty shaping baguettes due to working on a surface that was too smooth.  I imagine that others who have granite or Formica have similar issues.  I can put a slab of laminated maple on top which works just fine but makes the working surface higher than I want it.  I can also apply a thin slurry of flour/water to the counter and let it dry, which is about the same as wood from the perspective of surface friction but it does take a little time to get it ready and also time to clean-up when I am done.

I am looking for other alternatives.

madisonbaker26's picture

I was lucky to snag a spot in one of Madison Sourdough's bread classes recently and I thought I'd share a video that the co-owner/head baker put together.  Unlike a lot of videos I've seen on the internet, his batard shaping technique seems to be a little different and there are also a couple unusual shapes he demonstrates (such as the fendu and the tabatiere).


Salilah's picture

More on shaping open seams - help please?

October 31, 2011 - 12:59am -- Salilah

I've been trying dmsnyder's Pugliese a few times - it really is a lovely loaf!

My challenge is that I can't get the shaping right for the seams to open.  My first one sealed the seams completely - probably too long proofing with the seams underneath in the banneton?  My second one was a bit better, but a bit like a volcano - pointed top with a bit of an explosion!  No photos of either, they didn't look "right" - but they tasted wonderful :-)


Subscribe to RSS - shaping