Hi from so.Cal baking newbie
Great site; can't wait to explore more. I've been baking bread for about two weeks now, with pretty good results, but I do have one problem. I have difficulty shaping the loaf (after the first rise). I can get it smooth on top, but then the bottom is all tucked in and ugly looking; how can I improve the shaping of my loaves? I worry about spending too much time on shaping it...I shape it for 2-3 minutes most, but it does not look pretty.