The Fresh Loaf

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Shaping loaf

JRod's picture
JRod

Shaping loaf

My first sourdough starter is doing well and I have baked 2 loaves of bread now that came out with a beautiful crust and great flavor.  I'm using a Sassafrass LaCloche to bake my bread.  However, my loaves want to spread out instead of rising into a nice boule.  I am placing the "rounded" shaped loaf on the bottom of my baker and letting it rise there for the final time.  Then, I place the LaCloche in a cold oven and allow the LaCloche to heat up as the oven heats to avoid cracking.  My first loaf rose fine and I had a nice boule.  Today, I did everything the same, but my loaf "spread" out as it rose, presenting a much "flatter" boule.  I still got nice oven spring and the crust and flavor are nice.  Any suggestions to get the nice boule without flattening out? 

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PMcCool

If you click on the Handbook link at the top of the page, you'll find it has a section devoted to shaping, including some helpful videos.  Those may help address your question.  If not, feel free to ask additional questions.

Paul

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JRod

Thank you Paul.  I will be sure and look at this information.  I'm sure I will have more questions in the future.