It's hard to tell from the picture (oops, I cut into it before I remembered to photograph it!) but it is a rustic, round loaf with a cross cut into the top of it. It was quite crumbly and had a really crunchy crust straight out of the oven. But it worked up easily and it baked nicely and I enjoyed it very much as a turkey sandwich for lunch. It had a lot of whole wheat flour, so I got full quickly! The crust was too crunchy for my girl wearing braces.