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My First Sourdough Loaf

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jonhong

My First Sourdough Loaf

 

Hi, All

I finally baked my first sourdough bread, after probably the 10 tries.  Would like to thank Dan Ayo, who had spend time with me on FaceTime sharing valuable information and his personal knowledge with me.  I am most grateful Dan.  And he want to see the crumb..........

it not fantastic, but I think is all right.  Crust is crispy and crumb is soft and chewy, this is

the first time I manage to get it right.

 

Cheers

 

 

 

 

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GrinChaser

Bravo! If crust is crispy and crumb soft and chewy and the hole structure looks so lovely, what is lacking in your opinion? 

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jonhong

Thank you for your generous comments......the dough was a tat too wet and I had a hard time shaping it.  Probably that the reason the crumb is a bit dense for my liking.  The crumb is tiny bit dame. The next one when the crust look done I would cover it with a foil and continue baking for another 5 to 10 minutes as suggested by Dan Ayo, then maybe it will get a bit closer to the perfect loaf.

Jon

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Ru007

It really beautiful. I wish my first loaf look half as good as yous!! 

Well done indeed!! 

Ru

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jonhong

Thanks Ru007,  got a lot of help from Dan Ayo.  Wonderful gentleman.  After about 10 loaves, I finally able to enjoy the fruit of labor.  Unfortunately, my neighbour yell, "No! No! No! No!" when I asked her this morning if she want more of my bread......well can't really blame her, after some many stiff bread that can give you a concussion if you get hit by even a slice.... :)

Jon

 

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DanAyo

I think Jon may be one of those blessed bakers that get things right very early in the game. I had to struggle and work hard to get where he is already.

The crumb is outstanding, IMO. And he was working with 75% hydration!

Outstanding bake. How did it taste?

Dan

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jonhong

Thank you Dan, I am very fortunate to have meet your acquaintance and with your guidance I manage to avoid lots of beginner mistakes and unnecessary hurdles. Of course, not forgetting that The Fresh Loaf provides an outstanding platform for bakers to interact.

Like I told Dan, it ready tough starting the baker's journey ALONE!  I was really struggling for the first weeks , with only the internet for guidance.  Luckily, I found this forum and Dan willingness to help me, and of course the generous encouragement from many of the members here help build up my baking confidence .  Yes, indeed I am blessed.

Honestly, I had never tasted sourdough before I started baking them so I don't really know how it taste like.  For this loaf it tasted more sour than I like it to me.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed it very much.

Jon

 

 

 

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leslieruf

great isn’t it when it all comes together do well!

well done.

Leslie

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jonhong

Thank you Leslie, will forward to your continuous support and encouragement.

Cheers, Jon

 

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dabrownman

like my apprentice 2nd class can't do that on her best day!  Very well done indeed.  It is all uphill now except for the occasional whoopdedo. Two thumbs up to Dan too!

Happy SD baking 

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jonhong

Thank you dabrownman.  Yes indeed, the challenge ahead will be endless and exciting!

Cheers, Jon