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First Sourdough... I'll take it :)

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sdamer59

First Sourdough... I'll take it :)

Thought I'd share my first sourdough since many in the forum helped me successfully get through building my starter.

I followed Kristen's methods @ You Tube - Full Proof Baking on making the starter (although that got derailed a bit) and making the basic open crumb sourdough.  (If you have not watched Kristen's videos, I highly recommend!)

Overall, I'm satisfied with first attempt.  Thanks all for the help with my starter!

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ifs201

That's so terrific especially for your first loaf!! I've yet to achieve a crumb like that.

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sdamer59

Thank You!  I was rather surprised.  I did not expect it to turn out as good as it looks.  I think beginners luck.  Now the question will be can I do it again as well as improve?  I definitely think working through all my starter challenges and not giving up on it paid off.

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Benito

That really is a super first loaf of sourdough, you should be pleased.  I’m not sure any of mine have been so good yet.

Benny

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sdamer59

Thanks Benny...  hoping this was not just beginners luck.  Now the fun begins...  keeping my starter going, doing it again... and improving the texture.

Sandy

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jey13

Don’t you dare change a thing! Try to recreate this very loaf again and again. Because it looks darn near perfect in texture , crumb, crust, everything. You are very, very, lucky to have had such success. Don’t tinker with it till you know you can recreate it if your tinkering goes south.

Trust me on this. You don’t want to have hit on the magic formula, then lose it and spend weeks trying to get it back again ;-)

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sdamer59

Hey Jay13, thanks for the encouragement.  I think you are right, I should focus on being able to reliably repeat the same success vs changing anything at this time.  I do think I was lucky on this one.  Will be trying again soon!  Thanks again!

Sandy

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Joceheartssourdough

Looks amazing! Congratulations!
Don't be upset when your sourdough mocks you - it happens, just keep practicing! 

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sdamer59

Thanks!  I guess the good thing is at least I know it's now possible.  Now the fun begins... hopefully fun and not frustration.  Thanks again!

Sandy

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leslieruf

just love the crumb, no improvement required.

the fun starts when you want to replicate it!

well done 

Leslie

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sdamer59

Thank You Leslie!  I was so surprised with this loaf after all the concerns I had working on my starter.  You are right... now the fun begins.  Fingers crossed!

Sandy

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Filomatic

That couldn't be better.  Well done!  Amazing crumb, and excellent oven spring.  A nice, bold bake, too.  It looks perfectly proofed.

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sdamer59

Thanks Filomatic!  I am pleased but mostly surprised with how it turned out based on concerns with my starter.  Thanks for the encouragement!  Now to see if I can replicate.  Fingers crossed!

Sandy