We’ve been hungry for a sandwich loaf for a while now, so over the weekend I shaped the whole wheat sourdough onion seed bread into a loaf, instead of a boule.
Right off the bat, before I even got to the dough, I made a big mistake: While I had fed my levain at 6:30 in the morning the day before, that night I completely forgot the second feeding. By 6:30 the next morning, the levain had risen and fallen back into itself.
It’s such a strong, active starter, I decided to give it a go and see what happened. As expected, the dough took longer to rise than usual, a full four hours for the first rise, and almost three hours for the second.
I may have over-proofed it that last time, because when I slashed and baked, the loaf fell in on itself, rather than rising in the steamy oven.
Sliced, you can see that the bread’s texture is fairly even throughout, although we did get a few larger holes. I’m happy to see some of them glistening too.
This loaf turned out flavorful, but heavy. I’ll try again, using the new folding technique I found on the King Arthur site. I’m eager to learn whether this method will make a difference in a loaf like this.
What’s cooking in your kitchen today?