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Long rise sour dough

donna322's picture

Long rise sour dough

Hello...I am a new sourdough baker and this is also the first time I have used a long rise method. I put the dough in the oven with the light on at 3:30 pm. I took it out at 6:30 a.m. and it had certaily doubled in height but a crust had formed. I wasn't sure if I should peel off the crust before punching down and kneading again. I decided not to peel it off and just kneaded it all together and it is now on its 2nd rise so we'll see what becomes if this loaf..ha ha! Did the crust form because of the light in the oven? Thanks for any help for this newbie!

fancypantalons's picture

The reason the crust formed is very simple:  you didn't spray the top of the dough with a bit of oil or cover it properly. :)

Ambimom's picture

BTW, that crust won't hurt you. It was fine to knead it in.  It's just dried flour and water. Next time, follow fancypantalons' advice.  Before you set the dough to rise, pour a few drops of oil into the bowl and coat all the surfaces of the dough.  Cover the bowl with a clean dishtowel or some plastic wrap (sprayed or wiped with oil on the surface that touches the dough so it doesn't stick as it rises).

AW's picture

in and learning from your mistake. Only way to learn, right? Have fun and cover your bread next time.

gcook17's picture

I put a small towel in a pan and pour some boiling water on it and then put that in the bottom of the oven to keep the humidity up a bit.  It doesn't take a lot of humidity to keep a crust from forming.  In ABAP Suas calls for 65% relative humidity in the proof box.

Another thing to check is the temperature in the oven after the light has been on awhile.  With just the light on my oven gets well over 90 F after awhile.  Maybe your oven is getting too hot.

CaptainBatard's picture

 A roasting bag (slightly oiled) is big enogh to put formed loaves in on a board...

I find a 2 pot holders in the door keeps my oven at 76 f with the light on...

donna322's picture

For all the comments. What a great group of people!