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Old 08-11-2013, 01:15 PM
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Here are pictures of my first sourdough attempt. Taste was GREAT, wish the crust was crustier. I got my starter from wholefoods. An extremely gracious baker just went in back and gave me some sourdough starter to try when I was inquiring about whether they sold cake yeast (which they don't). So I cooked the loaves at about 530 F and pulled them when it looked like they do in the pictures. Internal temp was 208 F. I put a very small tinfoil pan with water in the oven for the entire cook. Thoughts?
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:35 PM
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Those look AMAZING! I have heard that steam is the trick; maybe your small pan of water wasn't making steam and you need to put water or ice directly on the hot floor? In the pictures, your crust looks great, though.
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Old 08-11-2013, 04:12 PM
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Looks very good

For steam I use an old pan full of pumice that I let heat up and add cold water to it as I put the loaves in.
I get crusty loaves.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:24 PM
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Any idea on how much water is enough? I used about a cup (8 oz) and it was all gone when I pulled the bread.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:01 PM
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Looks very good

For steam I use an old pan full of pumice that I let heat up and add cold water to it as I put the loaves in.
I get crusty loaves.
I do the same thing except i use hot water, it works great.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:38 PM
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Looks a hell of a lot better than my first attempt.

Thoughts...

You got the starter from a bakery so you know you have a highly active, completely mature starter. It shows. Good oven spring.

I think you are somewhat over-proofed. As a result, you have a relatively tight, uniform crumb. Some strive for that...I like a slightly larger less uniform crumb.

You need a bit more steam for better color. Ideally...more bread in the oven to provide the steam....if not that, then ice cubes on lava rocks as the loaves go in. Don't need a lot. For a small oven...maybe five ice cubes on four or five lava rocks (or chucks of firebrick left over from your build) piled up in a pie tin.

But the bottom line is that the bread looks great. Nothing wrong with that. No mouse holes. Decent color. Bravo.

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