So, after dialing in a process and recipe, didn't change a thing for loaves 9 and 10. But for Loaf 11, I decided to try to spritz the ball just before placing it in the oven. Again, I left the loaf to cool on the table with a note...
And, again, they followed directions. I got this photo with the text: "11, 8, 10. Gold, silver, bronze." So, best ever. Nice.
And this photo with the comment: "Crackly, crunchy on the outside. Moist and chewy on the inside."
Fantastic. Now we're getting somewhere in this sourdough journey.
makes one boule
- 100 g starter (recently fed)
- 350 g warm water + 25 g more + more for spritzing
- 450 g all-purpose flour
- 50 g whole wheat flour
- 10 g salt
- rice flour for dusting
- Also needed: digital kitchen scale, banneton proofing basket or mixing bowl lined with a tea towel, Dutch oven, spray bottle
In a large mixing bowl, combine 100 g starter with 350 grams of warm water.
Add in 450 g all-purpose flour, 50 g whole wheat flour, and 10 g salt. Use your hands to mix everything together until everything is completely moistened. It will be a very shaggy dough. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, pour in another 25 g warm water. Use your hands to incorporate that into the dough which will already look more smooth. Dip your hands in warm water, then place one hand under one side of the ball and stretch the dough up and over the top.
Rotate the bowl 90 degrees and repeat that stretch. Do it a second and third time so that the bowl is facing the same way it was when you started and you have done four fold-overs total. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Repeat this process of four rotating folds plus a half hour rest for four hours. After four hours, the dough will be smooth and billowy.
Lightly dust your work surface with rice flour and turn the dough from the bowl. Dust the top of the ball and do the four rotating folds of the dough to form a ball. Gently fold the edges of the dough under itself to make the ball more tight, with a seam underneath. Then let it rest for 30 minutes.
Line your banneton or a mixing bowl with a tea towel and dust that towel lightly with rice flour.
Transfer the round, seam-side up, into the prepared basket. Cover with another towel and let the dough rise on the counter. Here's where I have started to play with variations, but this one - lucky number eight - rose for six hours at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
While the oven preheats, dust the bottom of your Dutch oven with rice flour. Invert your loaf carefully into the Dutch oven.
You can slice vents into the top of your loaf. Some people have intricate designs. Mine are more function, less form. Ha. Just before placing your bread into the oven, spritz the top of the loaf with water. I bought a glass spray bottle, set it on mist, and just give it a squirt or two.
Reduce temperature to 450 degrees F and place your Dutch oven, covered, into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Carefully remove lid and return to the oven for another 20 minutes. Then prop the door open, turn off the heat, and let the pot stay in the other for another 20 minutes. The crust should be a rich, nice brown color. If you don't want the crust as thick and dark, you can remove it after the first 40 minutes...no need to leave it in the oven.
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