Originally Posted by Katie E
I have to second these comments. I know how tempting it is to want to slice off a piece of the yeasty bread and slather it with butter, but you need to wait. It's a little like letting a roast "rest" until you cut it. Your patience will be rewarded.
You know, I've heard this time and time again but I still don't buy it. There is simply nothing better than bread fresh out of the oven. It tastes great later too but this one period of time is the absolute best. It's not about patience, it's about missing this great opportunity. You can't just reheat it...not the same.
Yeah, it can tear it a bit. So what... I've never had it alter the bread any. I did have one failure like the one being mentioned here but it was due to my desire to have the crust a little less browned this time and took the loafs out too early. It wasn't a major disaster but it was a setback. Had I not cut into it right away I wouldn't have even known and would have served it that way at the party the next day!
Now, the loaf I'd cut into and found wasn't done couldn't be fully saved. About an inch in from the cut was ruined. But that's it. If I hadn't screwed up already cutting into it would have been fine. So I realize all the experts say, "Don't do it," but I just don't agree.