While I can make cakes like no other, breads are all together different. I make a lot of things with my sourdough starter, all come out fine except the breads. I have made four in oven and one in a bread machine, have proofed in bread machine except for the last two. The bread has great flavor but weights a tons and is way too dense. I do two proofs, first 30-45 mins and second 45mins with little rise in either one. I have tired three different recipes and they all turn out the same hard. I have done them by hand, by mixer, and by bread machine. Recipe is as follows for the most part.
3/4c warm water
1c sourdough starter'
2 2/3c bread flour
1 1/2tsp active dry yeast
I am thinking its the yeast but not really sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated.