Shaping A Mountain Pullman Loaf

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Notice the similarities between these 3 loaves I have baked?  I started shaping my bread this way when I was learning to bake cottony soft Japanese-style milk loaf.  I have since been using this method whenever the dough is not too sticky to handle.  If they are too sticky, I will go back to this easier method.

The taro loaf dough I mixed yesterday looked perfect for this after a 2-hour bulk rise.  So here we go:

The "Poke" Test // Mono + Co

A simple poke test tells me that the dough is done with the bulk rise.

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

Divide the dough into 3 equal portions, shape each into a ball and let them “relax” aside, while we start working on the first piece.

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

Flatten the dough into long oval shape, pushing out any air pockets in the dough.  This is to get rid of large holes inside the baked bread.

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

Fold in both sides,

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

and flatten again with rolling pin.

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

Flip the piece over,

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

use the rolling pin to flatten and push out any visible air pockets of the underside of the dough.

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

Roll the dough up, swiss roll style,

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

to get this.

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

Rotate the rolled up dough 90 degrees, and flatten the dough again into a long piece.

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Then roll up the dough once more time.

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

Pinch to seal the dough.

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

With the seam side facing downwards, place the first piece of shaped dough inside the Pullman tin, arrange it in the center.

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

Repeat with the remaining 2 portions, and cover with a towel to let it proof.

Shaping A Mountain Pulman Loaf / Mono + Co

When the dough has risen to reach the top of the pan, the bread is ready to be baked according to the recipe.

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