focaccia dough wouldn't rise so I made flatbread
- I had rehydrated the yeast with cold water. That shouldn't have been a problem. It was plenty warm enough in the kitchen
- I had added leftover sludge after feeding the wild yeast. That shouldn't have been a problem. It wasn't that acidic. In fact there was no sour taste to the dough at all.
- Maybe I had added too much salt. I don't think so. It didn't taste too salty.
- I had added malt to the yeast. No, if anything that would have helped rather than inhibited the rise.
- The flour is relatively new. If at least 4 loaves of bread hadn't been made from that bag of flour, I'd have blamed the flour.
The next morning, my husband found a little dish of creamy looking water on top of the stove. There were a few fruit flies doing the breast stroke in it. The liquid smelled faintly of apples. And THAT'S why my focaccia dough refused to rise. I forgot to add the yeasted water to the dough! Quel moron. Hmmmm, if there was no yeast in the dough, these can't really be called "pitas", can they? I think they have to be considered as "chapatis" because they are yeast-free.