After a couple dismal failures and utter frustration I think I've got it! These came out this AM and one is already gone! :)
Loaf #1 Loaf #2 This one rose better but I didn't abuse it after turning it out as I did loaf #1.
I think that I'll get better results next time... These were made from the Norwich Sourdough formula; though I didn't follow it precisely. Tthanks for pointing me towards that one Ross!!!)
Ran out of starter! I divided the measurements and did a 2/3 dough. Also ran out of white flour so I used 1/2 and 1/2 instead.
Second variation... had a gap of 1.5 hours after the initial mixing instead of the 35 minutes as instructed... (Kids can take up so much time sometimes. : ) )
Third variation... My stretch and fold technique SUCKS! It's more like stretch, tear, fold, pray... I'll be working on this!
I chose to retard for the night in the fridge, so things were ready to go this AM. What may I ask is the purpose for letting the dough rest after dividing before forming into loafs? I also skipped this part purely by accident...
Now my slash (one single one lengthwise) didn't seem to open up... could be a weakness problem due to my amateurish stretch and fold abilities.
Last night my wife was giving me a hard time for making two loafs at once... "you'll be gone I'll never eat it all" HA! As I said one loaf is already gone. Now she is upset as I won't be home for two weeks and she will have no more! :p
Thanks for all your help and suggestions!