Today I baked my first edible loaf. What an exhausting long day. I used my 3 week old Sourdom recipe starter, and followed the instructions and timelines for preparing and baking to the letter, for the Pane Francesa recipe. It was a very wet dough and I despaired it would ever come together. But I pressed on and baked. Very stressful day .. felt I needed a Bex and a good lie down afterwards. But it baked OK and surprisingly it had a good oven spring. It tastes good with just a slight sour tang .. good for me. Will persevere and try again when I have recovered.
I want to buy a black cast iron dutch oven for baking boules, but am having trouble sourcing. Does anyone know if I could use my enamelled cast iron Le Creuset, or would this ruin this very expensive pot? Amazon have them but will not ship to Oz. I am happy to purchase on line if I can source one locally.
Thanks to those generous people from this site who have advised and encouraged me to this point.