If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me how they could make perfect, pretty loaves like mine, I’d have, like, at least a dollar. I did include a demonstration about bread pan size and how to get taller loaves in this post. (In short, narrower pans make taller loaves. Also, a bread recipe that is bigger will make taller loaves, too–sometimes a bread recipe is simply too small. My Grandmother Bread recipe is designed with tall, pretty loaves in mind.)
Yet sometimes you can do everything right and still have ugly bread.
Or maybe you didn’t really do everything right. Maybe you are so snotty about your bread-baking prowess that sometimes you don’t bother to measure and you make too much dough. And because of that, maybe sometimes you bake bread so tall that the bread overflows and sticks to the edges of the pan where you didn’t grease it. And maybe by the time you hack it out of there, the top breaks off and it looks like you made three (mutant) loaves of bread instead of two.
Good thing you don’t have company coming over again.
Oh, wait! You do!!!
Maybe you can stick that top back on there and nobody’ll notice…..
Or not. THAT’S WHAT YOU GET FOR BEING SUCH A SNOT.
Oh, wait. That would be me, because I’m totally sure you would never do that.
But! All is not lost. Perfection is still within our grasp.
All you need for perfect bread, no matter what it looks like, is….