As we say in France, in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. I am by no means a bread baking expert, but friends, with even less experience than I, have asked me to explain how I bake my bread at home from time to time. Being an engineer and a nerd, I had to diagram out my process flow... and have been encouraged to share the results with a wider audience.
Is anyone out there familiar with Rose Levy Beranbaum's bread bible process sufficient to make suggested improvements? Specifically, I have four loaves of her Basic Soft White Sandwich Loaf(p.244) in the oven as I write. They have turned out truly wonderfully, but I have a major problem with the process. According to the recipe, I need to: