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cbtb

special brotforms

Hi Everyone:


This is my first time on this website and have a question for you all. I am a recreational baker. I bake sourdough bread every weekend and have several brotforms. Several years ago I found a beautiful brotform with a starburst design on the bottom and am looking for more designs, does anyone have any suggestions of where to find them?

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Kuret

I know wich you mean, I have one of those and they are produced by Brotformen a german company, their hompage is http://www.brotformen.de/

Un fortunatly you will have to order 20pcs for them to ship your order so no luck in buying directly from them.

if you mean this kind:



EDIT


sorry, I saw that you were looking for more designs.. well they have one with a windmill in the bottom, etc. but nothing wildly interesting...

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cbtb

Thank you so much, we are getting closer. I really appreciate your help.

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mcs

Maybe instead of a fancy brotform you could use the ones you have and dust some flour on the loaves over a stencil?  I know it's not quite the same, but a lot of times the texture from the brotforms gets lost during baking anyway and all you're left with are the flour marks. 


-Mark

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cbtb

Dear Mark:


Are there stencils already made? I don't want to sound stupid, but....


And when do you dust the stencil?

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mcs

First off, I've never done any bread stenciling, so this info is 'second hand' or an 'educated guess'.  I've heard you can use any kind of template for bread, with plastic ones working the best because they're reusable and easy to lift off.  In the Ciril Hitz video I have he tapes on little handles with masking tape so he can lift the stencil 'straight up'.  You could also use parchment paper, but I could see the flour pouring off of it if you don't lift it up right.
You can buy them already made at a craft store, or you can buy the plastic (clear template plastic in the quilting/fabric section) and cut your own. I would think you would dust it right before it goes in the oven.  Right when you would score it.  I think you'd also need to mist it either with water (spritz bottle), milk, or brushed with an egg wash to help the flour adhere.
And one more thing, if it's not scored somewhere, it'll probably blow out on it's own where it wants to, so most of the ones I've seen have a simple stencil design with additional scoring.
Like I said, never done it, so some of this is theory, and some of it is just a plain old guess.


-Mark

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cbtb

Mark:


Thanks so much for your suggestions. As I am snowed in I will try it out! I think the misting is important. I will let you know.


Thanks again,


cbtb