Help Needed Re Starter & Dough Failures
Help! I'm pretty new to all of this but very excited to receive for Christmas a Kitchenaide mixer (Professional 600) and then an Artisan breadbaking book for my birthday - Maggie Glezer.
So far my first 2 attempts have been completely unsuccessful.
First - I completely followed the instructions Ms. Glezer's directions to make a sourdough starter, but 3 weeks later it would do no more than double - not quadruple, the way it is supposed to after 2 weeks. Any ideas anyone?
Second problem, I tried the Acme baguettes in Ms. Glezer's book to start since that was one of the few recipes that didn't need starter. I made the poolish and the scarp dough the night before and everything look great the next morning. However, when I came to mix the dough, it just wouldn't bind together - it stayed soft and sloppy no matter how much more flour I added. I almost cried and ended up dumping it out. Again, any ideas anyone?
I'm completely committed to learning about all of this and still am very excited, but so far things just haven't been working out! I'd love to benefit from others' experiences and I know that failure is all part of the learning curve!