Howdy from California!
I'm new here. I feel very fortunate to be living in Sonoma County! The original stomping grounds of Mr Peter Reinhart himself. I have been "trying" to bake bread for the last 6 months or so. I'm on a quest to learning how to make good bread. On a consistant basis
I need some help tho. If someone can point me to the "Trouble Shooting" section I will read, absorb and apply as much as I can.
I have Peter Reinharts Baker's Apprentice, Crust and Crumb and Juniper Brothers Books. I have also tryed a few Amish bread recipes. My biggest frustration is that I get a great first rise, but when I put the dough in the bread pans I get maybe half a rise then it stops and/or it deflats. I hand knead for a good 10-15 mins and I got my wt measurements right. But I can't figure out for the life of me what the heck I'm doing wrong.
If anyone can point me in the right direction I would truly be greatful. Cuz the tasty bricks are getting a little old.
Thanks in advance!