Yes, you read that right, my sourdough bread kept being flat and I’ve been obsessed with working out why all week.
I really thought I had it, that I could make sourdough bread with no problems at all, I was so wrong.
Why is my sourdough flat
This isn’t a new topic for me, and I really thought I had it worked out. Then, all I was getting was flat bread. Didn’t seem to matter how much I proofed it.
To say I was getting frustrated would be an understatement. I even considered giving up after each one, well for about a minute. However, I am a problem solver and I needed to work out what was going wrong.
Really all you can do is hit the web and see what reasons there could be. I looked at heaps of websites and read a lot. Still, it was hard because how can you get help when people don’t really know what you are doing with your bread.
Finally, I found a page that had a heap of suggestions and the first one was about the starter.
Starter being too acidic
This is not something that I really thought was possible. However, as I read the description I thought, I bet that is it. My starter was thick, even though I used the same amount of water and flour in it. Or rather weight.
One thing I have noticed is that different flours absorb water differently. My rye flour starter is always much thicker than the white flour one. It also stank quite a bit. In this article, I found it suggested adding more water than flour, so maybe with 50 grams of flour add 60 grams of water.
I thought this has to be it and there wasn’t enough yeast in the starter. So I did what they suggest and can you believe it the loaf rose. Okay maybe not as much as I would like, but it wasn’t flat.
Success and no more sourdough being flat
Then I decided it was still too thick, so now I am trying 50 grams of flour and 65 grams of water.
I made another loaf yesterday and baked it today. OMG, when I lifted the lid on the dutch oven and saw lots of oven spring and a high loaf I almost jumped with joy.
I guess it goes to show that just when you thought you had it all worked out there is still more to learn.
There was a thought that it might be caused by the change of seasons, but I am happy that I can work around that now. So lots of bread coming up for the summer. Must remember to keep a closer eye on the starter.
Finally and Susie
I’m still trying to work out what I am doing here. I love doing the videos and find them faster and easier to do so there might be more of those, who knows.
It is getting to that busy time of the year, though a very strange Christmas for many. I am so grateful that our State Premier, Daniel Andrews, did what he did and looks like we are going to have a fairly normal Christmas. We have had no new cases of Covid 19 for around 35 days now. The lockdown worked so well. I think I even read our economy is starting to recover.
I hope those in lockdown around the world are encouraged by what we went through. It was tough, but we got through it. Now things are looking good and every day we cross our fingers hoping the results will be 0 new cases.
I thought for this post I would leave you with a photo of Susie, our cat. She is hanging around the house with us during all this.
There she is looking outside to the garden.
Take care everyone.