How to Get Cracks on Bread Crust

Have you heard the “song” of bread? It’s a beautiful symphony of pops and crackles from the crust, caused by the contraction of the bread’s crumb (interior) when the crust is too rigid during cooling.

Cracks on the bread crust of boules (round loaves) and baguettes

Snap, crackle, pop! (photos courtesy of David)


To achieve cracks on your bread crust, you may apply one or more of the following tips:

If you have any other useful tips to get your bread singing, please feel free to comment below. Thank you!


1: Consistent Crackly Crust Conundrum Conquered? The Fresh Loaf.
2: Why Doesn’t My Bread “Sing” to Me? The Fresh Loaf.

Author: Zita (bakingbadly)
Published: January 4th, 2014
Last Modified: January 29th, 2014

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