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My first successful baguette (trying image posting)

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s00da's picture

My first successful baguette (trying image posting)

I've been struggling with my starter because I was fermenting dough for 24 hours in 70F to get some sour but that also strengthened the gluten and always gave an ugly looking tight crumb. Finally I increased the temperature to 73.8F and my baguettes came out with a nice crumb! except that I lost the sour. I think this is the reason sourdough bread is done in stages. Sorry for being a newbie, help is appreciated.

dwcoleman's picture

Two areas to practice on, forming and slashing.

Mark(mcs) has a great video on forming baguettes, check out the site below.

As for slashing dmsnyder has a good tutorial on do's and dont's.

Sourdough dough is so much nicer to work with than normal dough IMO.