Friday, February 14, 2014

Making a Bread Lame - Redoux

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When making French Bread or Sourdough Bread you need to score the tops of the loaves before placing them in the oven. This allows the bread to expand and  not tear apart. A Lame is used to score the bread. Finding a Lame locally can be a bit tricky and you could order one from Amazon or make one for yourself.

What You Will Need:

For the Lame itself:
1 piece 1/4x20 Bolt or Screw
2 Pieces Washers
1 Piece Wing Nut
A stick - Piece of Paint Stick or Yard Stick
Safety Razor Blade or Scraper Razor Blades*

Tools Needed
A Drill
A 1/4 inch Drill Bit

Before drilling the hole in the wood, determine the position of the Screw.

I used a paint stick from a Big Box store made for a gallon or smaller paint cans. The larger sticks may be better.

Drill the hole and then insert one washer onto the screw and push the screw through the hole. On the other side place the other washer and the wing nut. Slip the blade between the wood and the washer and angle it as needed for use. When not using, simply loosen the wing nut and reposition the razer blade.

Here are some pictures of my semi-finished Lame.

Lame - Blade in Position

Lame - Wing Nut Back Side

Lame - Blade in Storage Position

Bread Scored with Lame before baking.

Bread Scored with Lame after Baking.

* Some thoughts on razor blades. A while back I bought some blades at Walmart and when I decided to redo this project I went back and could not find any double edged razor blades. I ended up going to Target and Walgreens but found them at my local Kroger (Smith's).

At Walmart I picked up some single edge blades in the paint department which also work but the Double Edged blades are thinner and sharper.

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