Yesterday I was watching a YouTube video of June and she was making her sourdough bread so I thought trying what she did could be good.
Then I saw that she had done a video called, How To Make Perfect Sourdough Bread At Home (Starter Included!) | By June. I watched it and realised that there might be something that I wasn’t doing.
Over time with my bread I’ve noticed that while it looks okay and tastes great, it always seemed flatter than I thought it should be. It looks great as I’m doing it, and even when I carefully place it in the Dutch Oven it looks fine. Then when I lift the lid it has gone side ways and not a lot of lift up the top. If I do an oval loaf it looks more round when it comes out.
So as I was watching June she was talking about building the structure of the bread. I guess in normal bread that is done by kneading. However, in sourdough, it is done with stretching and folding. I just did the basic, without thinking too much about it.
Then June starting talking about how you need to do quite a bit when you first put all the ingredients together. You have to do a lot. Damn, not what I had been doing.
Trying to follow June’s sourdough bread
I thought it might be fun to do what she did. Again, I rushed in without looking too close or even thinking.
June’s recipe was for an 85% hydration loaf. If you have ever made sourdough you will know that is a lot of water and a very wet dough. I just couldn’t get it to behave as she did. I tried.
So much depends on the flour you use and for me, it was a disaster. I stuffed it up a couple of times. Considered throwing it out, but in the end, decided to persevere. I baked it this morning and it was a bit flat, but it did rise more than I thought it would.
This morning I decided to take what I had learned from June about creating the structure of the bread and making a loaf with the recipe I normally use. It won’t be baked until tomorrow, but I already can see how different it is. So fingers crossed I get lots more height in my bread and not so much girth. Wish me luck.