I'm SURE (well, pretty sure) this would have been different with wholemeal flour... It is very possible to overknead a bread dough in a machine, I've been there: Sticky dough without any evidence of the strength and structure that built up along the way. But is it possible to do by hand and if it is, how long will it take to get there?
You can stash your dough in the fridge overnight after kneading to make it amazing. Seriously, the dough completely transforms making the final bread so much more delicious. The difference is incredible, but it won't save you much time in the morning. Wouldn't it be lovely to wake up, turn on the oven, remove a loaf from the fridge perfectly proved and bake it straight away? Well it can be done if your willing to... PRACTICE ;-)
It's a lovely feeling to have a super sharp, fresh blade on your grignette to glide through the surface of your baguette or sourdough loaf before you bake. Here's how to replace a spent blade with a new one safely.
There is SO MUCH to say about sourdough bread, and all bread for that matter, it is an evolutionary learning process and it nevers ends! We've gone pretty heavy on theory the past talking about fermentation and accelleration of the puff, and in a practical way with video 101 where I showed you my whole sourdough loaf making process. This week I wanted to highlight 8 tips, 8 practical decisions I make along the way to make sure everything comes out just how I like it.
Over fermentation is the disaster of all disasters! The stickiness of all stickinesses! BE AFRAID! ...actually don't be afraid, this week I'll show you exactly what over fermentation looks like, tell you when you might be in danger of it happening AND let you know what you can do to avoid it :-)