Back at it, first time trying 80% hydration. need suggestions/help
First time poster, long time listener.
I haven't baked in over a year and had to start a new starter. After about two weeks of daily feedings I thought I'd go for a batch.
Decided to go straight into a high hydration 80% dough. I've only ever worked with mid 60s% and kind of didn't know what I was getting myself into hahaha. Had quite the trouble shaping and let my frustration get the best of me and rushed it thinking it was going to ultimately be a failure.
The loaves actually turned out quite okay for new starter, first bake, and first go at high hydration.
Crust and crumb is very enjoyable but the oven spring was next to nothing and they ended up becoming flat/saucer like.
I think between not pre-shaping/shaping well enough, youngish starter, and the bowls (too large) I'm using in place of bannetons for the long cold ferment are the contributing reasons for the lack of oven spring.
I'm not using any temperature readings (no therm at the moment). Dough day was on the chilly side so I don't think it was over fermented, could be under fermented?
Here are the specs:
80% KA Bread Flour
20% Whole Wheat Flour
25% Starter (100% Hydration)
2hr True Autolsyse
Stretch and Fold 5 times at 30 minute intervals
Bulk fermented for a total of 3 Hours (was not really crazy bubbly but jiggled well and was rising)
Pre Shaped/Shaped (horribly lol) and cold fermented it in fridge for about 19hrs or so.
I'm wondering now if along the other problems I stated above if I S&F too much and din't really let it sit long enough untouched during the bulk ferment?
I'm going to take it down a notch and have my next batch be 70% hydration to get back in the swing of things while letting my starter get into it's own groove for my baking schedule which is only 1 day a week right now.
Would love to know what you think and any tips, or if you're noticing something I'm not noticing.
Either way, it tastes great and I'm so happy to be back baking!