Hello and - first loaf I'm reasonably happy with
Just thought I'd say hello as this is my first post on this site. I'm looking for a little feedback on my sourdough - I cooked a loaf yesterday I'm reasonably happy with (it's a long way off where I'd want to be but it seems to be heading in the right direction).
I've found there are so many different recipes and methods on the internet that I'm not really sure where to start but this is the approach I've had most success with:
My starter was made a couple of weeks ago - equal parts flour and water every day for a week (it started bubbling within a day)
Then - I take some of that starter and add to a bowl with another cup of water and flour and leave overnight.
From that I make a dough adding extra flour and water (and salt).
Sorry if that last bit sounds vague but I'm still guessing at this point. I add enough flour to allow me to just about work with the dough but it's certainly still wet.
I then leave it for 20 minutes or so and then knead for 10 minutes and proof until it has doubled in size (overnight with this loaf).
I then knock it back, shape it and place in a proving basket (I recently bought a linen lined basket which has ended the problems I had with the dough sticking to the basket).
Once it has risen to a decent size (about 4 hours) it goes onto a hot stone, in my oven at 240c for 25 minutes with a tray of water at the bottom to add humidity to the oven.
Open the door to release some of the steam and then cook for another 20 minutes at 200c.
That's the best I've managed so far. I'm sure there are a load of mistakes in there - as I say, I've been overwhelmed with the amount of information on the internet that I thought I'd try to figure it out myself.
Anyway - here's a couple of pics:
Please be critical - I'm sure there's loads I could improve on and it really is early days for me.
Thanks in advance for any advice on this one.