My sourdough starter is 9 days old. Today it doubled in around 6 hours.
Following this recipe, I performed following steps:
- I mixed 400g AP Flour, 160g starter, 230g water and 10g salt.
- Kneading: I kneaded it for about 20 minutes until I observed window pane effect.
- Proofing-1: I left it for proving for around 3 hours. It significantly increased in size, although not doubled.
- Shaping: I shaped the bread and put it in a container with tea cloth.
- Proofing-2: I left it for proving for around 5 hours. It significantly increased in size, although not doubled.
- Baking-1: I preheated the oven at 230°C, kept the dough on tray and put some boiling water on a small container beside the dough. I baked for around 20 minutes.
- Baking-2: I removed the water tray and let the rest of the dough heat up for 20 more minutes at 230°C.
First of all, the bread is barely edible. The bread developed a tough layer of crust on the top which is really hard to bite on. The inside is soggy and barely has any bubbles. Also, the exterior colour is blackish instead of brownish.
Also, the crust developed a crack below and expanded around it. It didn't expand around the scar I gave it on the top.
I'm adding some images for enhancing the context:
What can I do to improve my bread?
According to Chris's recommendation I made following changes:
- Baked bread for 230˚C with steam for 20 minutes and then baked the bread for another 20 minutes at 180˚C.
- Didn't cut the bread immediately, let it cool for about 1.5 hours.
I did one more thing, kneaded bread for around 40-50 minutes. I think this is a bit too much, but I did this since I couldn't see the window pane effect as described in the video.
Below I'm stating the improvements and lacking's the bread has.
- The resulting bread, although on the edge, is edible unlike the earlier one.
- The crust is no longer rock hard but it isn't a delight to bite on either.
What it lacks:
- The bread didn't expand around the score I gave it.
- The crust seems to be a bit disintegrated from the rest of the loaf.
- The bread isn't as fluffy as I would like it to be.
- The dough developed a huge crack in the bottom after the shaping phase. I think every shaping will have a weak corner, how do I prevent it from opening up? The crack is visible in the bottom image of bread. Same happened before as well.
Observations: The top of the crust still has a burnt texture. To steam, I put a container with boiling water beside my bread. Usually it get split around the bread which might be the reason my bread has a nice colour on the bottom. I think the steam is not reaching the crust. Should I spray the bread for steam creation next time? (So that it reaches crust as well).
I'm attaching pictures for reference:
^The bottom of the crust can be easily peeled off from the rest of the bread.