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a time-sensitive question about bread shape and staying power

May 13, 2010 - 9:58am -- bnom

I'm leaving town early tomorrow for a weekend getaway with friends. I've got a batch or sourdough bread rising which I will shape/bake tonight.

My question is: Are there shapes that would hold up better for the weekend?  For example, boules  or batards? Epis or baquettes? Larger v smaller loaves?  I'm particularly interested in the epis question...I've never made them but my sense is they would hold up a little better because they're eaten as rolls not as sliced so would be less likely to dry out.

Really appreciate your input!

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Shaping bagels - and bagel boards

May 14, 2009 - 6:36pm -- LindyD

Last Saturday night I decided to try baking bagels.  I had just received my order of KAF Sir Lancelot flour, so I turned to Hamelman's "Bread" and used his straight dough bagel recipe (which I later discovered is the same recipe used by our good friend, baker Norm).  Happily, my Artisan mixer survived, but due to my own lack of planning, at 11:45 p.m. I was staring at three pounds of very stiff dough, ready to be shaped into bagels.  

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a short baguette video

December 19, 2008 - 3:23pm -- mcs

Fresh Loafians,
I just made a short video on pre shaping and shaping baguettes using the Anis 75% hydration dough.  If you'd like to check out the entry in my blog it's this entry:

If you'd like to just see the video, here it is.
I never quite got the 'classical technique' of shaping them, so this is the 'only way I can do it' style.

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the latest video from The Back Home

August 29, 2008 - 7:10pm -- mcs

The Fresh Loafers, This is the latest video where I'm working with some higher hydration (68%) doughs. Both of the breads are 'originals', and if you'd like to see the recipes you can probe around here for them or email me at the bakery. Anyway, I hope you like it. I decided to forego music this time and just add commentary. Nothing witty, strictly business.




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Shaping boules

January 28, 2008 - 5:36pm -- ryan

Hi Everyone,

 I'm currently baking a country levain raised bread. Every time I shape it the seam always seems to come apart. Does anyone else have this problem, and potentially a solution?

During my bulk ferment I do lightly oil the dough (is this detremental to shaping). 

I shape it and bench it for 15 minutes before final shaping. I do let it rise in a banneton.

 Thanks for your help and happy baking,



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Shaped loaves not holding their shape!

September 8, 2007 - 9:04am -- ryan


My sourdough isn't turning out as a nice boule shape. It seems to flatten after it's long proof on the bench (it's still quite active, as it rises/ flattens out in the oven) into a flattish shape. Am I not developing enough gluten in the initial mix? Something to do with humidity or temperature of proof? Starter activity? Old flour?

The bread still tastes quite good,with nice crumb structure; but it'd be nice to have a good shape. Any advice would be appreciated. I am using Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Bread Bible, basic soudough boule.


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