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Shape French Bread Rolls with a Pinch

Forming round or oval rolls is quick and easy once you get the hang of it

Fine Cooking Issue 48
Gary Junken
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Cooking teacher and author Lauren Groveman demonstrates how to pinch her the dough for her French bread rollsĀ into round or oval shapes. When the rolls have risen and are ready to go into the oven, Lauren snips them to release steam during baking.Cooking teacher, author, and TV host Lauren Groveman thinks her French bread rolls are a perfect example of something that even good cooks expect to get only from a restaurant kitchen or fine bakery. In reality, they’re easy to make at home, and, with this video tip, easy to shape to look professional. The secret is pinching the dough into shape, then letting the rolls rise on a floured towel before baking. When the rolls have risen and are ready to go into the oven, Lauren snips them to release steam during baking.

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