I did the sponge correctly this time, and woke up with it looking like this:
|It's supposed to look like this! Yay!|
|The mixer really made mixing up the dough easy and efficient.|
|A nearly indecipherable difference, it had in fact risen.|
On with some saran wrap AND a towel and back into the cozy warm lit oven for another hour.
Woo hoo! Not only did it rise, it actually rose to 'poofing above the pan' as it was supposed to! Maybe not as much as it COULD have risen, but i'm pleased.
And how does it look 45 minutes at 350 degrees later?
Up to temperature! Gorgeous! Delicious!
My first successful loaf of bread! A new world has opened up to me. Now i'll start experimenting with adding things to this loaf ( i added some sunflower seeds this go round ) and then start looking for a new recipe using this same 'starter sponge' technique. I like the technique and the proofing in the fridge, but i'd like a more interesting loaf. Maybe oatmeal? More grains? Veggies added? Feel free to email me your favorite recipes. But please include 'how to' tips, as i'm by no means a pro!