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Flour coating on top of fresh baked bread

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helpmehannah

Flour coating on top of fresh baked bread

This may seem like a silly question, but out of curiosity, why does bread fresh from the bakery have a coating of flour on it?

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide on this. 

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KansasGirlStuck...

The breads that come with a coating of flour as usually shaped and allowed to rise in containers that are coated with flour or lined with flour saturated cloth. When the loaves are ready to bake they are flipped out and the flour adheres to the dough.  The flour is too wet to be brushed off before baking without marring the shape/pattern on the dough.  After baking the flour can be brushed off if you like.

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helpmehannah

Thank you.