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Sourdough Soft Pan Loaves

Sourdough Soft Pan Loaves

I had an interesting thing happen last week when I made up some sourdough soft pan loaves. I made up the dough, shaped the loaves, and put the dough into the pans. However, I made a mistake. With most of the sourdough I bake, I use proofing baskets or bannetons. With them, you turn out your dough for baking, so when putting the dough into the banneton, you turn it upside down…

With pan loaves of course, you turn them right side up so the best side is up. Somehow I had a brain fart, and wasn’t paying attention. I plopped the dough of one of the loaves into the pan upside down! After I did it, I thought to myself, did I do that right? But the dough was somewhat wettish and didn’t really show the pinch line. So I thought, what the heck, no one will ever know! Ha! The dough knew, and it doesn’t forget! I baked up both loaves at the same time and did they ever turn out different!

See the fold ridge?

See the fold ridge?

No fold ridge!

No fold ridge!

See for yourself that it wasn’t that easy to tell (my excuse)!
Can you tell which one?

Can you tell which one?

I guess even in the picture you can tell which one it was, can’t you? Well which one was it? Left or right? I have to tell the truth, I was amazed that there was that much difference, I didn’t think the dough would make that much of a fuss. The ending is good though, I didn’t even hear one complaint, seems no one cares what it looks like as long as it tastes good. Guess which one they cut into first?
The Crumb

The Crumb

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  1. January 16, 2009    

    I can see the pinch line on the uncooked dough on the left. Truth be told though, I like bread to have some character on top and would always do the pinch line on top! As long as it doesn’t spring open, no harm done.

  2. November 22, 2008    

    Nice post.. This happens to me all the time and brain fart is the best way to describe it. I like your site!

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