Sourdough bread is delicious on its own, but the process of scoring sourdough bread makes it look like a piece of art! The history of scoring bread is a bit mysterious. There are various theories about when and why it started. Some sources say that it began in ancient Egypt because the Egyptians thought that the scored lines looked like hieroglyphics. Another theory is that it started to prevent the bread from bubbling up while in the oven.
In order to score sourdough bread, you should use a very sharp knife and make sure to cut through the top layer of dough just enough to go halfway down into the loaf. It’s best to score the bread before putting it into the oven and let it sit uncovered for 10 minutes before you serve it so that the crust can form properly all over. This will ensure that your slices have a smooth appearance and will be easier to cut with a knife or serrated bread knife.
Here are just a few designs we can’t get enough of:
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