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Tartine Country Bread Sticking Problem

SOSP's picture

Tartine Country Bread Sticking Problem

I'm having some trouble with my Tartine Country Bread recipe sticking to my Brotoform during the final rise.  This causes the top of the loaf to stick to the brotoform and tearing.  I lose (obviously) all of my tension I've built up during the process and get really tasty flat pancake bread.  I've tried about 6 times and each time I've had the same results.  Previoulsy I used a less hydrated (60 - 70%) stiff starter and never had this issue.  I know the 75% is pretty sticky, but I feel like I've adequately dusted the brotoform to not have sticking issues.  I've used just KA White Unbleached to dust.  I haven't lined my brotoform with a towel, but I've had the same issue when I lined a regular bowl with a towel.  Any ideas?  My wife did wash my brotoform prior to me starting this Tartine recipe experiment in the fall, could that cause these issues?  Is 50-50 Rice and Wheat flour going to make a difference here?  Should I always use a towel with this much hydration?  

Any help would be great appreciated.

dosco's picture

I'm wondering the same thing.

I did read somewhere here that linen towels are the way to go because the dough is less inclined to stick to linen than cotton.

I don't have linen yet (I saw some at Crate and Barrel a couple of days ago). My current process is to place parchment on a board, then dust it with flour, then put the loaf down (I've been mostly making batards), then place a rolled up kitchen towel along each side of the batard. The towels are Williams Sonoma brand (i.e. cotton) and I flour them heavily. I've found that I like to use whole wheat flour to dust the towels and parchment ... thus far is seems to work and is relatively easy to cleanup.

But, I do want to know the answers to your questions, because I've been wondering the same things!


Bakingmadtoo's picture

I have been making tartine bread lately and have used rice flour in my bannetons and have no problems with sticking. I do tend to retard my dough over night and bake first thing in the morning without bringing my loaves up to room temperature. I have noticed dough is more sticky and more likely to stick to my bannetons when it is at room temperature.

Heath's picture

I haven't tried it myself yet, but I've seen rice flour recommended as the best flour to dust with to stop sticking.

WoodenSpoon's picture

a towel, linen or otherwise might be asking for trouble because the soft dough will be inclined to fill in all the little nooks in the fabric while the wicker of the basked will just absorb some surface moisture but not the dough itself.  Whenever I use my bannetons for higher hydration dough I find that placing a peel/parchment covered sheet pan on the top then flipping the basket and peel/pan at the same time and letting the upside down basket rest atop the peel works real well as it allows the dough to slowly become unstuck under its own weight. rice flour also works nicely and 75% is going to be tricky no matter how floured your basket is.

kensbread01's picture

I don't use a cloth because I want the most affect of the brotform to show in the final bread.   But I do use a parchment to flip on to... give it a little shake and out it comes.  Then I drop the parchment into the 500F cast iron and trim the edges of parchment with a scissors.  Works every time.

tchism's picture

I use rice flour with all my bread and find it works great. With that wet of dough I would most likely use my cloth liners. I don't think the nooks in the cloth would be much of an issue if you get much oven spring.

ajrosen's picture

i saw a guy on u tube spritz with water onto the proofing basket then dust heavily and it helped but then also i had to dust bread surface before placing in basket. Having said that i have still had the bread deflate and just got tired of all the prep of the dough only to ruin it soooo i now place dough onto parchment paper then once raised i simply cradle dough and set it gently into a crock, slice it like i want cover and then bake at 400 for 45-50 mins. Never fails and it self steams and its awesome to get consistent results. Tartine book recommends it as a technique and it works.


SOSP's picture

Thanks for all the suggestions.  I'm going to make up two boules tonight and let them kick it the fridge overnight and see how it goes.  I'm going to try one in just my brotform with just rice flour, and turn it over onto a cutting board with parchment paper, prior to going into the DO.  The second one, I'm going to just do in a ceramic bowl with one of my wife's linen napkins and rice flour and do the same with letting the loaf work itself out onto the parchment.  I'll let everyone know how it works. 

ouhrabko's picture

flat bread  is  overproofed - in most cases.  Sourdough is tricky and times can be realy different even with same starter...  

How exactly do you  during   (times, temperature) second fermentation?  Are you puting bread from refrigerator to oven directly or are you keep it in room temperature? 

If it is overproof, you can save it by another folding and shaping. Overproofed dough does mean, that gluten string are to tight and it will colapse during quick last proofing in oven - it has not strenght for another stretching during final rise.  Folding a dough will  allow the gluten fibres to shrink and rise again, but not so long at this time.


And than put it for third fermentation - in room temperature, covered by some kitchen film or plastic bag (for keeping surface moist) and with watchful eye on dough. It will grow quite fast.