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Autolyse Dense Moist

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Autolysing Was the Missing Step!

August 22, 2010 - 12:39pm -- Still Rising

Long time reader, first time poster.

After having difficulties with my starter after a move, I was ready to toss my starter in the trash and start over. All my bread was coming out dense, crumbly, and unpleasant after a day or two of being bagged in the cupboard. Come day 3, I could hardly squeeze the loaf and could usually tear a boule in half akin to a phone book. I tried changing everything in the process to remedy the density, from kneading by hand to machine, using different rising times, retarding the dough, etc. al. I was at my wit's end.

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