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Bread Lames for Baguettes

Professional bakers use a tool called a lame (pronounced “LAHM”), which means “blade” in French. Do you need one of these specialized tools, or will a razor blade work just as well?

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Bread bakers score shaped loaves before putting them in the oven to ensure that the bread expands fully and in the right direction during baking. Professional bakers use a tool called a lame (pronounced “LAHM”), which means “blade” in French. Lames can have straight or curved blades. Straight blades are best when approaching the dough head-on to make perpendicular slashes, like the ...