Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tidy Loaf Step 4: Final Rise

I use a dish drainer and a damp towel to form a chamber that keeps the surface from drying. After the loaf reaches final size and shape I trim the paper to size, leaving a tab that helps handle the loaf in the oven.

Fold a clean cloth into quarters and wet the inner corner. 
Use a dish drainer to create a chamber for the final rise. 
Cover and let rise for about an hour or so.
The final rise ends when the loaf doubles in volume. Optionally slash three diagonals, using a bread knife lubricated with nonstick spray. 
Trim the excess paper, leaving a one inch border. 
Leave a tab on one side to use when flipping the loaf in the oven. 

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