Hi Everyone, My name is Malcolm and I hail from Melbourne Australia and I am trying to bake sour dough.
I have been trying to bake a sour dough loaf for about 5 weeks now, not the same loaf but 4 different ones, I used a recipe for the starter from a youtube video from take back the bread. The advantage for me for this recipe is it had the video to go with it. (Visual learner)
The starter recipe has
4 cups of white allpurpose flour
4 cups of potato water
2 Tablespoons of honey
2 teaspoons of salt
The dough recipe
2 cups of starter
I cup warm water (only if starter is really thick)
2tsp of salt
2 tsp of sugar
4-5 cups of flour
Starter: Mix it all together, leave out to catch yeast from the air for 2 to 3 days and then when bubbly into the fridge, the starter did everything it was suppose to do and I thought here we go,
I made a dough following the recipe and I had a lot of trouble getting my first loaf to rise, its winter here so not very warm, but I got there 9 hours later, the second rise at night was in a warmed up then turned off oven with a bowl of warm water for 3 hours. Cooked it for 30 mins till brown and sounded hollow. When I took it out of the oven and it cooled (well it was still warm) I cut it and it was doughy in the centre, it has the right taste
My second try was even more doughy, this time no water in the oven during cooking, I made a proving box from an up turned plastic tub and a home brew warming pad and a thermometer, it gets to abut 20c in there and I have proved yeast bread and it works great
Today I have made two loafs, I have an oven themometer to check the oven and its close but I adjusted for it. I proved the bread for 12 hours the 1st prove then 4 hours the second and it is worse, no water in the oven this time took almost 90 mins to get to an internal temp of the bread was 190c
I just cooked the second loaf and 1st proove was 12 hours, second prove was 6 hours, I didnt want to cook the second loaf untill I had seen the result of the first. For no other reason than I had to try something I set the oven to 210c and closed my eyes and said a little prayer and it took 40 mins to get to an internal temp of 200 it is crusty brown and I am to scared to cut it untill it cools down.
I will check back later with the results, but should it not work can anyone see anything wrong woth the above??