New Bake in Progress!
So, armed with the things I learned from my first loaf last week, I have started my next loaf this morning.
I am using the Beginner’s Sourdough Bread recipe from The Perfect Loaf. I am trying to stick closer to the recipe, and so far everything is going smoothly. On my trip to our local Walmart yesterday, I was thrilled when I found whole wheat flour, so now no need to try to substitute something that the recipe wasn’t designed for 😁
I just mixed my flour/water to autolyse. Last time, as I started mixing, I thought “there’s no way this is wet enough. Look at all of that dry crumbly stuff in the bottom!”, and then I added the water that the recipe had told me to reserve. This time, when I saw the dry crumbly stuff in the bottom, I decided to just keep mixing. Lo and behold, it all came together! So now I have a glob of dough that is firm yet soft, sticky but not gloopy.
I think I can safely say that I have officially learned a lesson, and I’m only just getting started on round 2!
I’m going to document my moves here as I go. It’s time to go mix my autolyse and my levain. Wish me luck!