How to Shape a Loaf of Bread: 15 Bread-Making Tutorials

How to Shape a Loaf of Bread: 15 Bread-Making Tutorials

Emma Christensen
Feb 7, 2011

We were so happy to see all the requests for bread-making tutorials during How To Month! Making bread, and all its delicious variations, is a favorite weekly ritual at our house and we love it when other people get the bug. Here are our top bread-making tutorials (so far!) rounded up in one place, all for you.

We have all your bread-making bases covered here. There are tutorials on making a few different kinds of bread, from the popular no-knead bread to a more traditional artisan boule. We also have videos on shaping those boules as well as a regular sandwich loaf.

Take a look here and let us know if there are any other tutorials you'd love to see!

1. How to Shape a Sandwich Loaf of Bread
2. How to Shape a Round Loaf of Bread (a.k.a. Boule)
3. How to Knead Bread Dough
4. How to Make Artisan Bread from Start to Finish
5. How to Make No-Knead Bread from Start to Finish

6. No-Knead Bread Hack: Making a Sandwich Loaf Instead
7. How to Shape Baguettes
8. No-Knead Bread Recipe: Multi-Grain Peasant Loaf
9. Recipe: Homemade Thin-Crust Pizza
10. Pizza from No-Knead Bread

11. How to Tell When Bread is Done
12. How to Make Softer and Fluffier Whole Wheat Bread
13. Recipe: Basic Sourdough Starter
14. Recipe: Beginner Sourdough Loaf
15. Recipe: Easy Homemade Pita Bread

Our weekly loaf of bread consists of shaping the no-knead bread into a sandwich loaf, the ideal shape for not only sandwiches but also toast, egg-in-the-hole, and french toast. At least in our opinion! We follow the no-knead recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes, but Jim Lahey's version works just as well.

What other bread-making skills are you working on right now?

Related: How to Soften Hard Bread

(Images: Faith Durand and Emma Christensen)

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