First true sourdough loaf questions
Yesterday I baked my first true sourdough loaf. I followed instructions from a great breadmaker on Youtube, but somehow my bread did not turn out that well.
As you can see in the pictures the bread turned out as a pancake. The crumb is also very dense. It's quite tasty though.
This is the recipe I followed:
Day 1, morning: feed starter 1:5:5 - evening feed starter 1:5:5
Day 2, morning: feed starter 1:5:5 - evening feed starter 1:5:5. Mix 500 gr white flour with 350 gr water
Day 3, morning: add 100 gr starter (which doubled in size and looked airy and good) + 10 gr salt to the preferment. Mix it well. Extract a small sample and put it in a jar, add a marker to see how much it will grow. Protein in my flour is 14,9%, so I concluded it needs to increase about 70% in size. (it's around 11 in the morning)
I shape the dough into a ball and put it in a container. About an hour later I gently fold the dough. I let it rest and fold it again after an hour.
At 5 o clock in the afternoon the dough in the jar has reached about 70%. I fold once more and take the dough out of its container and try to shape it into a tightish ball and put it in the proofing basket. I proof it on the counter uncovered for 30 minutes and put it in the fridge overnight, covered.
The next morning I preheat the oven to 230 C with my Dutch oven in it. 45 minutes later I place the dough in the Dutch oven (it's 11:30 in the morning), bake it with the lid on for 25 minutes. I take the lid off, be disappointed at the pancake, let it bake lid off for like 35 minutes until it's nice and brown.
Does anyone have advise for me what I could've done better? I'm thinking of buying a different type of flour, maybe that will make a difference? Maybe the oven was too cold? I usually bake my bread at 245 C. Or maybe the starter was too sour?
Thank you so much in advance!