Bread of Life facebook photos
I just saw the post with the bread pics from the bread of life, that just motivates me to want to learn more and more!
Ok, I have 2 questions as a result of flipping through those photos.
1) - when you "slash" bread, do you need a special tool to do it? I have baked a lot of loaves and when I slash the loaf, the loaf often "pulls" with the direction of the slash and I basically just screw up the shape of the loaf. Is that because I am just not using a sharp enough knife or is there a special tool to give it that deep down slash. I am pretty sure if I went down that deep I would just distort the shape of the loaf. Is there a trick to the trade on this?
2) Sprinkling seeds on the top of a loaf. I see some artists in here that can really top a loaf beautifully with different types of grain to give it an amazing look. I saw some that were using some kind of cracked wheat or something or maybe barley oats or something and it just wanted to make you shove your whole face in there and start chomping. The question, how do you get the little buggers to stay on there? I have tried to put them on the loaf prior to baking so the loaf is in the pan, it has already risen, ready to bake, I sprinkle the oats or whatever on top and push down a bit on them to try and make them stick but by the time I have the loaf out of the pan and just touch it or put it in a bread bag or something, the next time I move the bag they all fall off and wind up in teh bottom of the bag. Do you do a brush of some kind, egg wash over the seeds or push them in harder into the bread to make them stick or what? Any tools of the trade on this one? By the time we got through the last loaf I made with seeds on teh top there was not a single one left as they all fell off!
Thanks everyone! Great site and those pics on facebook really hit home to me that I want to learn more about it all and not just make the same whole grain bread over and over again! hehe
Cheers and looking forward to responses!