I am making my first loaves of whole wheat sourdough with a nice fresh active rye starter. I am using freshly ground organic whole wheat flour which I think is rather special. Anyway, I have made my dough and have it sitting in a warm place, for 1.5 hours now. Trouble is, I do not want to be up all night, I am one tired mumma. What should I do.. can I retard the dough at this stage?
It is too late to expect anyone to be answering my questions, but I live in hope.. if no one is about, this is what I am going to do.
I am going to wait another 30 mins and have a nice long shower and wash my hair, then knead the dough, and put it back in its bowl and put it outside in the cold overnight ( it will be about 2 degrees Celcius tonight, maybe a little less ) and go to bed.
Now, when I get up tomorrow morning and continue- what should I do?
I would love some answers, I would love the bread to be edible and I would really hate to have to start again ( mostly because of the expense- the process is fun though! ).
Next time though, I will figure out the best time to start making bread.