I was recently in Tucson and a fabulous bread that had on the crust a shape of a cactus made from a stencil made in that shape. I know ( or think ) that you sprinkle flour over the stencil, once the loaves are about to be put into bake, which then lays on top of the bread and never gets cooked but the shape remains on the finished loaf
Can someone kindly tell me if this the correct/best way to do it ? How do you retain the finished shape when the bread is finally baked and has cracked from baking ? My first effort I forgot to use my lam so when the bread cracked it made the form disappear ( fortunately not the taste; I was baking the 100% Sourdough Spelt bread which is my favorite so far ).
Does any know where one can get stencils ? I know that you can always order them from Amazon but am wondering if there is a store that is better suited to having them, like a crafts store for example.
Many thanks in advance for all your help.