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scoring a boule

loaflove's picture

scoring a boule

Hi there

If I do a single slash score to try to get an ear on a boule, much like the one done for batards, will the boule maintain its  round shape?

idaveindy's picture

If you bake on an open surface, then ... it is likely to not maintain a round shape.


which talks about symmetrical scoring.

However, even for a non-symmetrical score....
If you bake in a dutch oven ...  and ...
the pre-baked dough is sized to fit up against the side of the dutch oven, then ...
the side of the dutch oven will keep the circumference in a round shape. 

wally's picture

…with a single slash, like scoring a baguette, will yield a loaf that is elongated, similar to a batard but not so extended.