Bread Making: How to Make Four Common Bread Shapes: Boules, Baguettes, Bâtardes, and Loaves

Most breads come in one of the following shapes or in a variation on one of them. Here are the steps you should follow to make boules, baguettes, bâtardes, and loaves.


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baguette step 2

Use the side of your hand to make a shallow groove across this rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half along the groove and pinch the edges together to seal.


Illustration by Alison Kolesar

The following is an excerpt from Bread Making: A Home Course by Lauren Chattman (Storey, 2011). The excerpt is from Chapter 3: The Basic Steps. 

Four Common Bread Shapes 

Most breads come in one of the following shapes or in a variation on one of them. Here are the steps you should follow to make boules, baguettes, bâtardes, and loaves.

Boule. A boule is a large round. Use the same steps, rounding with one hand instead of two, to make small round rolls.

1. On a lightly floured countertop, gather the pre-shaped dough together into a ball by cupping your hands around it and rotating it several times.

2. Pull the slack surface of the dough downward toward the countertop and pinch it together underneath the round, creating a tight, smooth skin over the round. See illustration.





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