Mastering Sourdough Shaping, Scoring, and Baking: A Step-by-Step Guide

Welcome to Shana's Sourdough, where we're dedicated to making your sourdough baking journey as enjoyable and successful as possible. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the key techniques featured in our latest video tutorial. Don't worry; sourdough baking doesn't have to be intimidating. We'll show you how to shape, score, and bake like a pro using tips from the sourdough guru herself, Elaine Boddy of Foodbod Sourdough.

The Art of Shaping

In-Bowl Shaping Technique

Shaping your sourdough can be a daunting task for beginners, but we're here to simplify it. Elaine recommends an in-bowl shaping technique that's both simple and effective. This method not only maintains a clean workspace but also adds essential tension to your dough, resulting in beautifully risen loaves. We'll guide you through the steps in our video, so you can shape with confidence.

Choosing the Right Banneton

Wood Pulp Banneton for a Perfect Second Proof

For the second proof of your sourdough, it's crucial to select the right banneton. Traditional ones can be sticky and challenging to work with, but wood pulp bannetons offer a cleaner and more forgiving experience. Discover why we prefer them and how they can help you achieve unique patterns on your loaves.

The Art of Scoring

Creating Stunning Designs with a Lame

Scoring your sourdough is not just about aesthetics; it's also about ensuring your bread expands evenly during baking. In our video, you'll witness the scoring technique that transforms your loaves into works of art. We'll show you how to make a primary long cut, known as the "ear," and even add intricate designs if you like. Using a high-quality lame makes scoring easier and safer.

Into the Oven

Baking to Perfection

The final step in your sourdough journey is baking, and we'll guide you through it. Learn the ideal temperature and duration for baking your loaves to golden perfection. Discover why using a roaster can make a significant difference in achieving that perfect crust and tender crumb. Our video has all the details you need.


Sourdough baking is an art, and with the right techniques and tools, you can become a master baker in your own kitchen. Elaine's tips and our curated sourdough supplies are here to support you every step of the way. Remember, it's not just about the end result; it's about the joy of creating something delicious from scratch.

Product Links

(These links will take you to the tools and supplies used in the video, but we're not here to push you. Feel free to explore and choose what suits your needs.)

Wooden Goose Neck Lame - Custom Engraved Foodbod Sourdough

500-750g Oval Banneton - Spiral Pattern

Falcon 30cm Oval Roaster

Ready to Begin Your Sourdough Journey? Watch our video tutorial, and let's get started on your sourdough adventure. Happy baking!