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Sourdough focaccia rose way too much

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Aficionadough

Sourdough focaccia rose way too much

My wife and I are brand new to sourdough and began our first starter 5 days ago. We read about someone who made their own sourdough focaccia with a 6 day old starter, so we decided to have some fun and try with our 5 day old starter. Our started doubled in size during the bulk fermenting in about 5 hours. After we moved it to the pan, it proofed until it filled the pan in only 2 hours. We baked it at 425 degrees F (220 C). Does anyone know why it rose so much? Shouldn't it be flat? Thanks!

Tall focaccia

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BrianShaw

Too long of a rise in the pan. Possibly didn’t poke it enough before baking. 

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Aficionadough

Should we have poked it open? Sorta like scoring? We poked it a ton, but gently with our fingertips. It seemed like the rise was one huge air bubble. Here is the crumb: