The Right Tool For Slashing Bread Dough

A.J. Coltrane

I can never slash bread and make it look right. At one point I purchased a lame, but for me it would tear the dough, rather than producing a nice, clean cut.

lame

Finally I tried what should have been the stupid obvious tool. The bread knife. It easily made deep, clean cuts:

140604 french bread

The loaves are still a little funny looking. I need to better at slashing, but at least now I won’t be tearing the bread, at that should really help the learning curve.

I took the picture on the floor because that was the best light at that hour. Naturally, it drew some interest.
I took the picture on the floor because it offered the best light at that hour. Naturally, it drew some interest.

I believe that the cuts need to be longer and the knife needs to be held at an angle to get attractive “ears”. It’s a start.

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