I’m in mourning for my sourdough project, which would appear to be in tatters. The trouble is, I tried to do too much (as usual) and lost most of it.
Initially I thought that my starter was not active enough, so I took it out of the fridge and fed it,
12 hours later I fed it again and boy was it bubbling.
Of course that meant that I had about a kilo and a half of starter, so I had to do something with it.
In the end I decided to try an overnight proof and then to make a couple of loaves using my proofing box for an accelerated proof.
Well the overnight loaf went really well,
and with high hopes I made dough, let it rise, shaped it and put it in the box.
Unfortunately, I left it too long and when I came to turn it out too bake, I found that one loaf was stuck to the banneton, and the other was split and had a dry, hard crust. That’s when I made my second mistake. I tried to re-work and incorporate the dough, looking back I think I should have made rolls or flatbreads, anyway I only succeeded in making bricks.
At least my two loyal dogs liked them.
I have tried to dry some of the remaining starter,
but the hot weather has gone and its not really drying, I have kept a small portion in the fridge and I think that I will go back to what I know best, i.e. polish type focaccia or just plain loaves for a while. The sourdough bread was tasty, but there were so many bricks that I need to step back for a bit and re-think my strategy. I do hate to admit defeat, so I will be back. In the meantime, if any one has any suggestions, please let me know, but for the moment,there’s a Jubilee to celebrate !