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New Starter results

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davidg618

New Starter results

These are #'s 4 and 5. I've made three earlier loaves, all successful, with similar oven spring. I've been experimenting with retarding sourdoughs. I'm so pleased with my Overnight Baguette's flavor and crumb--straight dough, retarded 15 hours @ 54°F--that I've reasoned retarding sourdough loaves should add sparkle to already good flavor. Using my old starter, the results were mixed. I realized excellent flavors, but the doughs were slack, and their oven spring weak.

With Debra Wink's help, we've saved my new starter--I thought it was a goner--and, encouraged by #'s 2 and 3, also retarded, I baked these today. The dough was retarded 10 hours, at 54°F, before shaping.

As you see, I've got excellent oven spring. I'm going to post a forum Help! re the ragged slashing. I've not been able to eliminate it. If you have any good advice please post it either here or on the forum thread; I'll title it Ragged Slashing. Sorry, no crumb shots, these are going into the freezer.

Here's a crumb shot of #2, which is almost gone. It's been a great compliment to some home cured and smoked pastrami.

David G

Comments

Postal Grunt's picture
Postal Grunt

That slashing isn't ragged, it's rustic! They're fine looking loaves and you deserve to enjoy them.

Wild-Yeast's picture
Wild-Yeast

Your slashes look perfect to me. Loaves look nice enough to eat..,

Janetcook's picture
Janetcook

Glad you were able to save your starter!  The resulting loaves are beautiful - especially the crust color.  I also think the scoring looks just fine.  

Syd's picture
Syd

Great looking grigne!

Syd