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

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