The affair is over...
Having attempted and failed 8 times to make a decent sourdough loaf I think that the affair is over.
I tried various recipes with 3 different starters and each time the result is disapointing - flat loaves, bricks, prove failures etc.
The time spent, the odd schedules, the conflicting instructions, windowpane, finger tests & dough float failures - all this & more.
I've had bubbling, frothing starters that still fail to make a loaf. I've baked at 2am, kneaded at 6am as dictated by dough & my enthusiasm has now sunk lower than my last rye loaf.
It's over. After all, it's only a loaf of bread.