Want to learn how to make sourdough bread?
Eventually, you will realize it is very, very easy. The recipe is a piece of cake - they are a dime a dozen on google and they are almost all the same.
The top 10 basic SD recipes are ALMOST all exactly the same. They just have a different experts name tag on them. They all have bread flour as the main ingredient at 100%. They all have the water content between 60 to 70 percent of the weight of the flour. They all have the salt content at 1.5 to 2% of the weight of the flour and the quantity of the starter you add to the proces... Only determines how long your dough will take to rise. Less starter and a longer rise will produce a better loaf of bread. If you reduce the starter content, you must add flour and water to your recipe. If you reduce your stater content by 100 grams, you must add 50 grams of bread flour and 50 grams of water... If your starter is maintained at 100%.
It's the techniques that gives you a good crust, a good crumb and fancy looking ear's.
There's only 4 ingredient"s... Flour, water, starter and salt. How difficult can that be? People figured that process out 2000 years ago. Way before instant yeast was engineered.
Your water content can very from 50% to 80% of your bread flour. The more water you add the more open crumb you will get. The less you handle the dough, the more open crumb you will get.
The more tension you get on your final shaped dough... Will give you better oven spring and those pretty ear's.
Your starter can be from 10% to 50% of your flour weight... The less starter you use the longer it will take for your dough to rise. It's just basic math, starter is yeast. Less yeast, longer rise. A fast rise produces a lower quality bread.
The magic of sourdough is learning...
#1... The Bakers Percentage concept
#2... What is autolypse
#3... What is stretch and fold
#4... What is fermentation all about, fast and slow
#5... How do I master shaping my dough
#6... How do I dock/score my loaves
#6... How do I get steam on my dough during the first 15 minutes of the cook
Guess what... I learned all of that on YouTube. It's all there... For free!
Don't waste all of your money on these fancy, dancy books by famous bread bakers... They all have ALMOST the same recipe.
You can view the techniques of all the other functions on YouTube... By the people that wrote those expensive books.
Happy baking my friends...
My bread... http://www.flickr.com/photos/food_pictures/8991726160/
The crumb... http://www.flickr.com/photos/food_pictures/9001969603/Edited by Wartface - 2/20/15 at 5:27am