Pauline’s first loaf.

I woke up on Thursday morning, up out of bed… Did I get in the shower? Oh no. I went to go feed Pauline, ready for some Sourdough bread making action when I got home from work!

The first thing I realised when I got home was that perhaps she needs a bigger pot…. While I had been at work, she had been growing and bubbling until when I opened the lid…. Out flowed bubbly yeastiness. Hmmm. At least she’s happy.

I assembled my kit…

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Weighed out all my ingredients into a bowl…

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Mixed them together using my dough scraper….

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Then I tipped it onto my nicely cleaned worktop, and kneaded it for 10 minutes (I thought I should probably try and do this properly, first time around at least! Next time I will probably get out the Kitchenaid!), then back into the bowl…

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Then you can either cling film the top, or properly FBB style, utilise a shower cap liberated from an obliging hotel room just for this purpose ๐Ÿ˜‰ , cover the bowl, and leave to relax in a warm place for half an hour.

Then, I shaped it into my loaf, and put it in it’s basket to prove overnight (slowly does it).

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Bright and early the next morning, oven on to 230C…. Check on the loaf:

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Looking promising….

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It has risen above the proving basket!

When the oven is at temperature (or as near to temperature as I could get without it making me late for work…..) empty the basket onto the preheated baking stone, and make the cuts across the top…

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Yeah….. this would be where I almost lost my loaf off the edge! Eeek! I poked it back on with my scraper, taking care not to touch the hot stone. Note: I should have also at this point sprayed it with some water for a nice sheen… I forgot….

Bake for 30 minutes…..

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Done. A little bit got stuck, which was the part that had tried to leap for freedom off the edge of the stone, but otherwise it looks ok just a little “browned” on the ends! Alas, I didn’t get to try it however as it was time to go to work. I shall update as to whether it tastes ok when I get home!

And of course next time I’ll ace it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

p.s. it tasted really nice!

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