Continuing my breaducation
Latest loaf - 50% whole wheat, 77% hydration, only 8.3% fermented flour - had a 29 hour bulk ferment, 24 hours of that was in the refrigerator. Flavor is best yet.
075 g 67% hydration AP starter (45 g fermented AP flour + 30 g spring water)
270 g Whole Foods whole wheat flour
225 g KA AP flour
386 g Poland Spring spring water (416 g water total)
011 g Whole Foods non-iodized Sea Salt Fine Crystals
967 g total
2330 Final feeding of Darcy Jr. 67% hydration AP starter, approximately 5/4/6 (s/w/f).
0935 75 g 67% hydration AP starter whisked into 386 g water.
0945 270 g WW flour and 225 g AP flour stirred (using right index finger) into combined water and starter, in stages: first half of the dry flour, then a quarter, than an eighth, finally the remaining eighth. Initial dough temperature after mixing: 78.9 F.
1020 11 g non-iodized salt scattered across top of dough to hydrate.
1030 Stretch and fold in the bowl (double set to incorporate salt). Like porridge at first, the dough firms up nicely 3/4 of the way through the first set. Brief rest in between sets.
1045 Into the refrigerator.
1045 Removed from refrigerator to room-temperature (about 77 F.) counter.
1345 Stretch and fold in the bowl. Rather loose and pliable at first, it firmed up after only one (single) stretch and fold.
1415 Pre-shaping. Envelope folds x1 set. I used too much flour!
1415-1430 Bench rest. Loosely covered with a towel.
1430 Final shaping. Envelope folds x1 set.
1435 Into the large banneton to proof and loosely covered with a towel.
1655 Begin preheating of oven, stone and inverted stainless steel mixing bowl to 505 F.
1818 Loaf slashed and placed on preheated stone under preheated stainless steel mixing bowl.
1836 Stainless steel mixing bowl removed. Oven temperature lowered to 465 F.
1844 Rotated 180 degrees.
1854 Loaf removed and placed into bamboo steamer basket to cool.
I've come a long way in the past eight months. Looking at pictures I posted back then, it's embarrassing. Almost every week since then, I've been thinking of something new to try. Now I have a typical loaf I feel quite good about.
But just today I was wondering if I've plateaued. What am I going to do differently next week? And then I came to The Fresh Loaf, and I felt inspired all over again. :-)