Crust and consistency issues
Posted: 08 January 2011 10:55 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hello,

I made my first loaf of sourdough today using TBB and Tartine Bread Cookbook loaf, which is a very wet loaf with long rise times.

While the dough seemed good up through the first rise, for the final rise it did not rise nearly as much as I thought it would. When I baked it in a dutch oven, it stayed flatter than I would have liked. Perhaps one reason is that it stuck to the cloth a lot and so I had difficulty removing it and I think it deflated in that time. Would simply adding more flour to the cloth resolve this?

The other issue is that while the crust has a good consistency, the color looks splotched and uneven. In the baking process, the lid is removed after 20 minutes of baking. Finally, the crumb seemed a bit dense and even a little sticky - not as big of bubbles as I would have liked to see. How do I fix these issues?

Thanks so much!
Will

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Posted: 09 January 2011 01:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hello,
Thanks for the fast reply.
How would I tell if it is overproofed? Also, for rising perhaps the temperature was too high as I did his recommendation of turning on the oven briefly with a baking stone in it and then turning it off and putting the dough in there to ferment. I did not use rice flower, only bread flour, which was probably a mistake. I have used the stretch and fold methods previously, but again possibly not that well. I used bread flour instead of all-purpose as TBB says that gives it more structure - thoughts here? I did preheat for a long time - would you recommend baking it overall for a longer period.

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Posted: 09 January 2011 10:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks for the advice! I’ll try it out again and let you know what happens.

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Posted: 12 January 2011 11:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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So I made the bread again today and it turned out great! Thanks so much for the advice!

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Posted: 13 January 2011 11:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Biggest things that I did differently was pay more attention when doing the folds and turns during the bulk rise, and then making sure that it didn’t stick to the cloth during the final rise. Also, used scissors to slash it, which I found helpful.

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