Someone else tried this with me and had similar results, though she suspected the salt, which tends to kill the yeast when combined in the sort of close manner, was her trouble. I don't/didn't add the salt, so that's not the issue at all.
I know my yeast was good, flour fresh, etc.
The bread simple didn't want to rise as well thatI noticed. Any other time, baking as I normally would, I'd have had a heaping bowl of dough off that 6 batch recipe rising in the cool of the fridge overnight. This batch didn't make it to the rim of my bowl, was down about 2 inches.
I punched it down, didn't go rough or knead it or anything like that, and let it sit on the stove top ALL DAY and it still barely rose a second time. We're in Mississippi...it's not exactly cold here, so I don't think a cool house was an issue either.
When it finally rose some, I divided it into the pans and warmed the oven -- I generally do bread this way every time...this bread, in pans, sitting on a warmed oven, still took a very long time to rise at all. They were risen some from initial start in the loaf pans, but still below the rim. Baking didn't rise them much either.
My starter still just looks like the finished product of the original. It never seemed to have any action at all, even when I first added the new feeder to it.
The finished bread was edible -- the chickens aren't getting it just yet -- but it's a much shorter and more dense bread than I've made from whole wheat in a a long, long time. Some of my first wheat recipes turned out similarly to the textures of this batch, but I've been producing much nicer loaves now than before.
I won't say it's a total dud, but I guess I'd have to learn to like sourdough and go with that sort of starter instead of the everlasting yeast -- at least as the recipe stands.
I'll play with it some more, and try some other recipes as we go along. It was a good idea in theory.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
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