I have been baking bread foremost sixty years, but I have never been happy with my decorative scoring. I made this loaf trying to follow several ideas I have gathered.
Let it knead long enough to 'window pane'.
Paid attention to how I formed the loaf, being sure to make it tight and smooth and gave it a long warm rise.
Dusted flour over the surface before I scored it and used a sharp ceramic knife for the cuts as I don't have a lame.
Started it at 425ºF with hot water in the bottom of the oven. Turned it down to 375ºF after about twenty minutes. Baked for another thirty minutes or so. I took it out of the pan and turned it over to get the bottom nice and brown for the last five or six minutes. This made the flour get a bit darker than I liked. Next loaf I'll either make a cap or just turn it in the pan. I baked this one in a cast iron frying pan.
I bake all our bread. About a year ago I bought a Bosch heavy duty mixer. I have the small size which is perfect for our little family. It's been my wrist saver!
Proge says he has a personal baker.
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