Why doesn't my bread hold its shape?

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  1. worm761

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    I have no idea what I am doing wrong when making my French bread. Instead of rising and being nice and round, it stretches out sideways and is flat and fat. What could be causing this? I am not making it a machine. I do it by hand.
     
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  3. dustpixie

    dustpixie If Tinkerbell and PigPen had a baby

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    Well, i'm a bit (bunch!) late to see this, but if you're still wondering... what sort of pan are you using? i have a bagette pan that's half-tube shaped and made of mesh.
     
  4. queenofthehive

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    It might be the type of flour you are using. Are you using bread flour? It has more gluten that regular flour. Search "America's test kitchen French bread". They might have a tried and true recipe to use that has good results.
     
  5. katiescat

    katiescat Earning My Ears

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    I'd say too much water in your mix, try using a bit less.
     
  6. ronandannette

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    Is it rising properly? Depending where you live the altitude can play a big part in how the gasses released by the yeast expand. You may have to adjust the quantities.
     

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