Just joined today, great to see so many of you out there making sourdough, absolutely everyone I know thinks I´m nuts!
Challenged myself to never again buy bread from a bakery again (it´s a long story, if anyone is interested....) and as you can imagine with 2 teenagers and one 12 year old and a voracious bread-eating husband (nothing he likes better!) this has been no small feat. Have had all sorts of experiences with yeasted dough, mostly good but was looking for more flavour and less yeast, so learnt about sourdough.
Started my starter about a month ago and all went well, have made a couple of loaves of plain white sourdough bread that tastes yummy but has a crust that is likely to break either my bread knife or someone´s teeth. The 3rd set of loaves came out much lighter, really tasty and soft and chewy - almost everything I´m looking for in the crumb but those crusts!!! Have seen some of the blogs and perhaps my mistake is in not paying enough attention to the shaping, my dough was already round so just sort of left it. Loved the Bertinand video, will try that next time, in the meantime any advice will be appreciated