Hello Fresh Loaf!
I've been perusing the online world of Bread Baking for about two years now in my quest for good bread. I have found the value and flavor in whole grains and true Sourdough breads, the purity of lean doughs and the beauty of artisan bread.
Sadly, I have noticed that almost no one anywhere makes, and posts about, bread as I like it:
FWSY, 100% W.W., Artisan, Sourdough.
After many trials and errors, I have found my footing in the baking arts and feel that, though 'blogging' is NOT my thing and I hardly spend time online, I owe it to the baking community to give people like my the chance to find some info on this kind of bread.
Here is my first post; my hundredth loaf, fresh out of the oven.
1.8 oz Starter: 100%H Sourdough, Fed separately on same as below, ~1 oz kept in mason jar in fridge
8.0 oz Flour: Hard Red Wheat KAF
6.8 oz Water: Cold, Filtered
1-2 tsp Salt: Fresh Cracked Sea Salt
Friday ~7:00 Levain: Take Starter (Abuelito) out of the fridge
Friday ~19:00 Feed Starter 0.3 oz Water and Flour each
Saturday ~7:30 Feed Starter 0.3 oz Water and Flour each.
Mix 8.0 oz Flour and 6.8 oz Water to autolyse in covered bowl
Saturday ~19:30 Put 1.8 oz Starter on top of dough, fold once
Put some salt on top, gently stretch and fold once in another direction
Put some more salt on top, gently stretch and fold until incorporated decently, 12-18 times
Bulk Ferment: Cover, leaving a little bit of room to breath.
Feed Starter again and put in fridge for next week
Sunday 8:30 Stretch and fold dough 4 times, once each direction, in bowl
8:45 Preshape: Move dough to counter, fold 4 times and place seam side down
8:55 Shape: Gently tighten, tucking dough underneath
9:00 Place same side up in proofing basket. I line a loaf pan with damp paper towels. Cover
11:30 Preheat oven, with whole Dutch Oven inside, to 450F. Uncover Loaf
11:45 Once heated, transfer bread, seam side down into D.O.. I put it on the lid. Score, put ice cube
in with it, cover, place in oven.
+30 minutes: Uncover. Reduce heat to 425 F. +15 minutes: Remove from oven
I have a very active starter here in the sourlands despite all the cold I put it through
Inoculation: ~11% final dough weight. Salt: IDK, probably about 1 b%, I tend to go light on salt, will experiment
Ferment: 13 hours at room temp. 68 F. Proof: 2.75 hours at room temp. Baked for 45 minutes
---After 5 hours
Texture: Gummy, moist, cooked through. Crust not hard. Smell: Slight sour notes and nonsour smells. Taste: Plain, no tang. Nice robust wheatiness
Fermenting: OK, could use more. Needs better combining.