I haven't made bread in two years, so while this isn't my first loaf, I am relearning everything, so it might as well be a first loaf!
My goals for my bread:
So even if this first loaf didn't quite live up to my dreams of beautiful crumb, it did, at least, meet the goals. In fact, my 6-year-old brother said, "This is the best bread I've ever tasted!!" He LOVES sourdough and hasn't gotten to eat any for a year (due to aforementioned sensitivities).
I took lots of notes, but I'll just include a basic outline here:
Preferment: 118 g starter (my starter is 100% Kamut and smelled and looked great), 118 g water, 118 g flour
Soaker: 30g sesame seeds, 32 g flaxseed, 55 g water
13.5 hours later I mixed together:
Preferment, 290 g flour, 135 g water
After 30 minutes autolyse I added the soaker and 11 g salt.
BP 1 hour, then S+F
S+F again 5 hours later
I tried to shape the dough a couple hours later, but halfway through it went completely limp on me! I did my best, dropped it into an oiled bowl and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
In the morning it felt much better (smelled great too!). I re-shaped it easily and let it proof at room temperature under a wet floursack towel while the oven preheated. It spread, but I was still optomistic about oven proof so I slashed it and put it into the hot oven. (450*F for 10 minutes, 400*F for 35 minutes)
It came out a dense disc. I let it cool fully, then cut into it and found this:
It has tiny bubbles near the crust and one large on in the middle. Well, comparatively large (it looks like someone stuck their finger in it.)
I broke the bread which gives the illusion of a slightly nicer crumb:
Any suggestions for next time?