Newbie question about shaping
I've got Peter Reinhart's book and have made a few things out of it with moderate success. However in his pictures, his dough, hands, and board are usually drenched in excess flour, I assume to prevent his hands and board from sticking to the dough. The question is: Doesn't this make it difficult to shape the dough? IE, isn't it hard to seal seams and cracks, etc when shaping into boules, batards, etc? I have a hard enough time doing it and I don't use nearly the flour he seems to. Is there a trick to it? Do you keep a little water handy to seal the seams?
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