There has been some feedback on the Baker of Seville Bread lame and the ability to cut or score the dough deep enough. Let me address that here.
When designing this lame, I did extensive research on every aspect, including scoring depth.
What is the optimal scoring depth? Well, this is certainly a personal choice based on your dough and your scoring technique.
What do the experts recommend? Lets look
King Arthur Flour
There is no need to press hard and score excessively deep, but the cut does need to be deep enough so the surface of the dough doesn't fuse back together when baking —somewhere between 1/4" and 1/2" deep. Note that if we score the dough too deeply, the final loaf will show signs of caved-in sections as the opening is too large to support the surrounding rising dough.
If you’ve built up enough gluten and there’s enough yeast activity, your bread will have oven spring—meaning it will puff up and get some height while it bakes.
If you don’t score it, it will crack. Cutting into the loaf allows you to control where it will open up.
“If you’re only going to do one or two scores, go deep,” Joy recommends—at least a quarter of an inch.
The Fresh Loaf
In summary, in order to achieve an optimal bloom in baguettes and bâtards, one must attend to 3 variables when scoring them:
1. The cuts should be almost parallel to the long axis of the loaf.
2. The blade should be held at about a 30 degree angle to the surface of the loaf.
3. The depth of the cut should be shallow - about 1/4 inch.
You should score your dough between 6 to 12 millimeters deep or a quarter to half an inch deep. The cuts on long loaves should be shallower than those on round loaves so that you don’t dry out the bread.
As you can see from the picture below, the Baker of Seville lame can easily score at depths exceeding 1/2 inch.
The key for the deeper cuts is to angle the handle at about 45 degrees as shown.
Hope this helps
The Baker of Seville bread lame is a new and innovative product designed by a bread baker for bread bakers, both home and professionals
The Baker of Seville lame was designed with the following criteria.
- Secure Blade what would not slip off
- Solid Stainless steel
- Safe and easy blade change
- Last for life
- Accept standard double edge blades
- Dishwasher safe
- Secure and protective storage case
This Lame meets all of these criteria.
AND NOW - You can configure your lame to be straight or curved in seconds. No other lame has this feature.
(personally, I prefer the Straight configuration for the scoring I do)
The Design is now PATENT PENDING!
If this lame EVER fails to live up to your expectations, contact me and I promise to make it right. That is my guarantee to you.
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Who doesn't like fresh, homemade Sourdough Bread? The smell alone is worth the effort.
My baking quest all started when a friend gave me some sourdough starter. The thought of crusty baguettes and beautiful bread boules was very enticing. I mean, how hard could it be? (Harder than I thought, that's for sure)
I had various tools that could be used for baking. I had an old bread maker with a dough setting, a dutch oven (from my sons boy scout days) and a bench scraper. Certainly enough to get me started.
I found some great sites on the internet and started learning the basics.
My first loaves were actually edible. Not great, but not bad either. I was hooked.
Gradually the bread improved. My dough handling techniques got better and I felt more comfortable working with higher hydration dough. This allowed me to play with more recipes.
It was time to get some new toys (i e bread baking tools)
That's when I purchased my first Lame. It was the standard, wood handle (plastic actually) type Lame with the blade that skewers on the metal stick. I wont use any names, but you know them. There are many out there and all have basically the same pathetic design.
I absolutely hated it. Scoring is hard enough. It's even worse when the blade shifts or slides off. I ultimately just held the blade in my fingers.
How could such a simple tool be so poorly designed? And even worse, how could they ALL be the same.? There were a few that had secure blades but they were mostly plastic. Or very pretty and expensive wood lames with only one side of the blade accessible. I knew I didn't want plastic or wood.
Why had NO ONE made a better lame in all of these years?
So, I set out to design my own. Now, just so you know, I don't consider myself an inventor by any stretch.
But I saw this as a challenge.
I started with the criteria that I wanted in a lame.
First and foremost, the blade had to be secure and easily, quickly and safely changeable. And of course, utilize a standard double edge blade.
It had to be solid stainless steel and built to last forever. No wood or plastic.
I wanted it to be easily cleaned and sanitized.
And lastly, it needed a good quality storage box for protection and safety.
Oh, and it had to be beautiful.
With that criteria in mind, I came up with a conceptual design and made a prototype. I was off and running.
I searched for a while and finally found a cutlery manufacturer that specialized in stainless steel that was willing to work with me. I can tell you, it is not easy to explain to someone why you want to build a tool to hold a razor blade that you don't intend to shave with.
Anyway, we took my initial design prototype and my design criteria and started tweaking for ergonomics, blade stabilization/attachment and manufacturing constraints.
After a couple of iterations, and the better part of a year, I had my first order in hand.
It met all of my criteria. I could not have been happier.
And that's how I went from a aspiring home bread maker to a Lame Designer and seller.
(yes, I am a Lame salesman and I've heard all the bad jokes from my friends)
I honestly do feel that this is the best designed and built lame on the market today.
I am confident that you will feel the same.
Pete - Designer
Baker of Seville
Compare with the other lames on the market.
The Baker of Seville is clearly the best choice
No confusing instructions.
THIS BLADE WILL NOT SLIP OFF - Guaranteed
It is also extremely quick and easy to rotate the blade 180 Degrees for full blade utilization
Different scoring requires different tools.
Some scores are best accomplished with a Straight blade lame and others with a Curved blade.
NOW you can have both in one tool.
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Compare the reviews. People love this lame.
This is the choice of both home and professional bakers.
Lets face it. It is a razor.
This is not the tool you want loose in your kitchen drawer. The hard plastic storage case will protect the lame AND your hands
Best lame on the market based on reviews.
Best design and best material
3 total blades
Safety storage case
Straight or Curved
Fully backed guarantee.
You really cant go wrong.