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How to shape a sandwich loaf

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Published on Aug 14, 2015

Learning to bake a soft, light loaf of sandwich bread means plenty of good lunches ahead. Follow along to learn the perfect technique for shaping dough into a bakery-worthy sandwich loaf. Watch our step-by-step video and see how the finished loaf should look.

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Instructions: Lightly flour your work surface. Flatten your dough into a rectangle whose short end is slightly shorter than the length of your loaf pan.

Fold the dough halfway back and use a flat open hand to make a seal. Don’t be shy about using pressure! You need to press firmly with your hand to make the seal.

Pull the outer corners to the center and use a flat open hand to make another seal. Fold the dough back halfway and use the heel of your hand to secure the seal.

Fold the dough halfway back again and use the heel of your hand to secure the seal. Fold the dough one final time, securing with the heel of your hand.

Place the loaf seam-side down into a greased bread pan and press gently to fill in the sides.

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