The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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Need some help with crusty rolls

May 6, 2012 - 10:37am -- bubs911

Hi all

Firstly i would like to thankyou for reading this post.

I am a chef from the UK and we are currently making fantastic crusty ciabatta style rolls for our burgers.

I have hit a problem in that we have to bake and freeze our bread as our bread takes 4 - 5 hours to make and is interupting our service and prep time.

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Everything is too crusty!

November 30, 2011 - 5:54am -- Sheps

Hello all!

Having just pulled yet another crusty loaf out of the oven, I'm wondering what I might be doing wrong. You see, it seems that whatever I bake, be it cake, bread, muffins... and whichever recipe I follow, I always get a crust that is a little thicker than I would care for. This is not only the exposed part of the bread (or muffin etc), but also the part that is inside any pan I might use.

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Crusty bread turns soft

June 26, 2010 - 1:55pm -- ash_bread
  • 110ml warm water
  • 200g strong white flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon quick yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of sugar


I've been following a recipe as above but having problems with the crust. The behaviour's pretty consistent. The crust is ok in the oven but once it's out of the oven the crust on top softens. Underneath the bread tends to be cruncy.

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I'm really excited about this crusty loaf that I had formed into a ring. The bread turned out fabulously. I used a relatively new way of shaping that I learned from watching this YouTube video and then left the shaped bread in the fridge overnight and baked it the next morning. The crust is even more caramelized and crispy and the crumb has a wonderful nutty flavour.

We served this bread for a recent festive dinner with an appetizer of Moules Marinière (mussels poached in white wine, butter, onions, garlic and parsley)

We loved the Mussels so much that we think we'll serve them (with more of this bread) for Christmas Eve dinner. And maybe again on New Year's Even dinner too....



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My First Sourdough Bread

August 30, 2009 - 7:07am -- Fence

Today I made my first sourdough bread! The starter had been bubbling for almost 11 days now, so I decided to give it a try. At first it didn't rise much. I guess I simply didn't knead it properly in the beginning, but by the time it came out of the oven there was a queue waiting to take a bite out of it. I got the recipe from here.

Here's the loaf when it came out:

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Advice needed on recipe.

August 17, 2009 - 7:56am -- Fence

Hello everyone!

I'm rather a novice at baking and I love experimenting, but I would like other people's opinions before I try out the following recipe. Truth be told, I made it up myself. I'm going for a white bread loaf with a relatively moist inside and a crispy outside. So please give me some advice and any critique is welcome!

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