Common Sourdough Baking Mistakes and Essential Techniques for Success
Summary of my bookmarked videos and Github repositories from Jan 25th, 2020
- 15 Mistakes Most Beginner Sourdough Bakers Make
In this video, the host shares 15 common mistakes that beginner sourdough bakers often make. He emphasizes the importance of having a healthy, active sourdough starter and provides tips on maintaining it. The video also covers topics like autolysis, understanding baker's percentages, adjusting hydration levels, and knowing when to use the starter. The host demonstrates the stretch and fold process, bulk rise, and shaping of the dough. He offers guidance on achieving the right balance of stickiness and dryness in the dough and emphasizes the use of bench scrapers. Finally, he discusses the proofing stage using banneton baskets.
- Richard Bertinet's slap and fold technique for bread
Baker Richard Bertinet demonstrates the slap and fold technique for making bread. The method involves creating a wet and sticky dough, gradually incorporating air into it by stretching and folding. As the dough becomes smoother, it is worked consistently until it no longer sticks to the hands. A small amount of flour is added, and the dough is folded a few more times to achieve an even texture. The technique results in a lively and responsive dough with a high water content, ideal for baking. The dough is then left to rise for an hour before use.
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