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Sourdough falls flat

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What am I doing wrong?

November 11, 2009 - 3:52pm -- gigithegreat

I have made sourdough 5 times now and it keeps turning out flat. The directions I have say to put the formed loaf on a baking sheet and let it rise. The problem is it "rises" the wrong way. It gets bigger, but not by getting taller it gets wider. Is there some sort of pan for a sourdough loaf? Is there some trick to getting it to rise and not just widen? This is really frusterating me! I don't want flatbread, I want beautiful half circle sourdough loaf. =O 

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