Here are the crumb, it was very good, I am happy with the taste : and I shall eat my words...don't trust anything I say... well, I think taking temp to see how consistent you are and then tweak the whole process will hopefully be useful and watch that fridge...I remember this period with a lot of frustration as blissfully unaware...... this is a good looking crumb...happy eating.. Kat. This is quite the question because I do not know what is the temperature in the oven with the light on. As you see, life in the 3rd world is not as easy as in the upper echelons. I decided to launch myself into the sourdough adventure about 2 months ago with creating a starter with which I've made about 5 loaf in total since then. I also keep an eye on time as it is a nice guideline...but if in question I judge the dough not the clock but we all have our own ways to do things... Agree also to increase bulk not decrease it....Kat, p.s. have you used Caputo Semola Rimacinata...I love that flour when I can get my hands on it here in UK...I don't know Le 5 Stagioni and must investigate.. No, I have never used any Semola flour. Some of the tests are not even possible at times, as the 'poke test' if you retard your proofing in the refrigerator and bake straight from the cold. It doesn’t matter if your oven is hotter for longer, it will work in your favour for oven spring. I'd look for their Superiore, a 00 flour. This is all pretty much as usual as well, though I also let the dough sit in the fridge for 4-5 hours more than with my usual bake--a total of 17 hours--after which poke test looked reasonable (not really being sure if it's super meaningful to use that test on cold dough, though). Starter - float test is not the be all but helps...your starter is fairly young from what I can tell....how often do you feed it? - First thing is that I prep my starter ahead and wait until it double in size (this can take between 3 to 4h usually, whole wheat starter). All original site content copyright 2021 The Fresh Loaf unless stated otherwise. You don’t have to poke your dough every minute, though. Secondly, you can opt for the poke test. In this case from the photos it appears underproofed. I am waiting a bit to cool down before cutting, will update. If it’s been too long, you will notice the dough has grown quite large and the dough structure is starting to fall a little bit. Under-ripe (not yet doubled or even nearly doubled) it grew a tiny bit in the fridge but it was not very noticeable. I recommend to keep and eye on original dough temp and then throughout bulk fermentation. If you are erring not by much, it is very hard to 'read your dough'. It's also much more than just reading a recipe and following it exactly. If there’s lots and lots of tension, your dough is probably still underproofed. Let's see if that helps. It’s actually super easy to tell when you loaf is ready to bake, but you need to have a few things ready to go at the same time your dough is. I refresh it again on Friday around lunch time and wait for it to double (I proof it in my oven with light on too), about 3 to 4 hour does the trick. I can try to have the dough rest 30min outside before the fridge too. But I keep on trucking. - underfermented bread : the indent fills up quickly (the gluten strands are strong, but somehow not elastic … I have been bulking for around 5-5h30 at rather high temperatures (26C-28C or 79F-82F), since this is my current room temperature. I was told it was underproofed, so my second go-around I increased bulk fermentation time and temperature (from 4 hours at 70F to 4 hours and 40 minutes at 73F) along with refrigerated proofing (from 12 hours to 18 hours), but the results were nearly identical. Do the poke test to check your dough: coat a finger in some flour and poke it about 2 inches into your dough. The links are interesting. 2. At this point I was doing the poke test and it was leaving a tiny dimple, so I put them in the fridge and cold proofed overnight for 12 hours. When it is just right, nearly everyone that is in the loaf is involved in lifting. The 1st was a disaster but the rest were descent although I don't get any oven spring. I keep notes of both times and temperatures of all my bakes. Apply the poke test: If you gently poke your dough with your finger and the indentation doesn’t fill in very fast, or maybe at all, it’s definitely not ready Avoid overproofing your dough When dough has overproofed it has fully risen before baking. While it is helpful, we usually do not cut our loaves the way it is depicted in the explanation. I am not an expert but I seem to remember that big holes right next the crust are an indication of underfermentation as well as the pale colour of the crust and the overall profile of the bread. Learn how to do the "window-pane test" (Google it on the web for video demos) and run the test about each minute or two while you are kneading. Bulk Fermentation - what signs of fermentation do you see during bulk? This will book like it’s being gently pulled apart on the surface and the loaf is starting to spread wide only, rather than high and all over. Content posted by community members is their own. Reply. Knowing the temperature helps a lot. Sourdough recipes are more involved than regular bread recipes, that’s for sure. Do you see bubbles and that domed look around the edges? It is not easy to find strong flours in Brazil. Click to see full answer. If you’re not sure of the timing, you can always heat your oven when you shape your dough. If the indent comes back quickly and disappears , the loaf is not proofed enough and needs an additional half-hour (or more) proofing time. As you can see on the photo above, it's lighter and very weird shape. How much rise did you get during bulk? Update : I took the dough out of the fridge and bake it 1 hour after instead of 1.30h/2h. Happy Baking... Kat. If you do not have a thermometer, I'd recommend buying one. As you said now I have to find the balance, next time I will bake it straight out from the fridge so it doesn't have time to proof any longer at room temp. Over proofed ones loose their shape and decrease in volume as they bake. So you cut down your bulk by 30min ? someone posted a similar topic and I also replied there. - The next morning (usually early around 6 or 7) I take the dough out around 2h before baking it. Sourdough can take up to 24 hours to fully cool and come to room temperature. Thank you. We might be talking about a difference of 30' in bulk time. Press on your dough lightly. Hi from Singapore. I should invest into a thermometer I guess. It was one of my best crumbs recently, but in the past I was getting much more open ones, which also made me wonder if 5h30 is too long a time for my temperature conditions. 2. Only once, in a tiny market on a neighboring town. By chance someone mentioned about it to the owner of a small shop where he lives and the owner decided to order the flour from the mill. As well as, the edges of the dough are nice and domed , there are gas bubbles on the surface, the dough has ample aeration , and has a liveliness to it (jiggle test). I found the poking test – the resistance test to be most reliable indicator, it rarely gives underproofed breads. This test can be done once the dough has had some time to ferment. The dough is not slack here because the first rise was done perfectly. Only, you don’t get to measure out these ingredients to make sure they are the same each time! Steaming an oven for bread: Having trouble with... Mexican buns aka coffee cookie buns aka rotiboy buns, Sourdough Honey Whole Wheat Multigrain Bread, ChocolateStout&FreshCherries&Hazelnut Levain, Turmeric, Cashews, and Carrot Sourdough (No-Knead version). Properly fermented dough will not be sticky and you’ll be able to shape it easily. Hello from Germany ! So it does not have to be always high protein flour like in the US and it is all about knowing the flour and how to adjust the water to get the best out of it...well, I am still learning so much myself and what do I know???? Thank you for the links, I will check it out ! You describe all the right steps and I would just check where potential lack of fermentation could arise? I will add this information to the article to help others as well. Both partially risen yeast dough and growing (but not yet ripe) starter will float in water. Thank you. Cutting Your Sourdough Too Soon. The taste is good, but the inside is dense towards the bottom with big holes up top. Bake immediately. You can read about bulk ferment vs cold ferment here. When the opposite happens and it’s over ripe in the first rise (more than doubled) before putting it in the fridge, the dough has already reached its peak and… gone past it. Great tips, I was just about to throw my dough away because it did not come back completely! The dent you make will be permanent if the dough is overproofed. But it can also be due to the small "accident" that happen when I took it out of the banneton, it was very sticky. Some of the tests are not even possible at times, as the 'poke test' if you retard your proofing in the refrigerator and bake straight from the cold. There are many examples of dough dumps but here is one of mine and you can see the bubbles and that domed look. Josey … The second one I did not find very helpul, so I'll comment more about the first link. 1. That's why I cut the bulk by 1 hours and got this result, it is looking slightly better compared to the previous one so that mean I was indeen overproofing. If the indent comes back quickly and disappears, the loaf is not proofed enough and needs an additional half-hour (or more) proofing time. Poke it once, and if it’s underproofed, poke it again after 20 minutes. The spelt flour I managed to buy from São Paulo (no store in Rio sells it. Hi everyone! 25th: This loaf had 75% hydration and bulked for a total of 5h before going to the fridge for 19h30 before baking. I saw this the other day on IG from an amazing baker and he does also classes and his tip to help to judge the end of bulk...tried this today and worked..https://www.instagram.com/p/BQmwc3oDaTy/. Report Save. - Finally I am shaping it into a ball, I still have to get more experience on that but I manage to make a rough ball and I put it in my floured banneton and straigh to the fridge overnight. But it is not usually sold here either (the good mills are in the Paraná state, about 870 km South from Rio). Middle rack to sourdough loaf, bottom rack to … The problem with these diagnoses is that the difference, most of the time, is subtle and it is hard to tell where the problem is. Your takeaway. I still baked it but the loaf was a bit dense. To heat your oven see our baking methods:Baking your sourdough using a Dutch oven or casserole dish*Baking your sourdough using a pizza stoneFaking it – Baking your sourdough without a Dutch oven or pizza stone. p.s. What does this mean? Overproofing your sourdough can be a big problem for newbie bakers – or anyone who doesn’t yet understand how sourdough works (I was still struggling with this 2 years into my baking process!). The first problem that can cause your bread to not rise is that the dough is underproofed. It is a rather different loaf (tried one with 30% spelt, 20% semi-integral by Le 5 Stagioni, 10% whole wheat and 40% white bread flour), so I'm not sure what to expect. Step 2: Remove the dough from the basket or … Hello from Australia! The Fresh Loaf is not responsible for community member content. Hiya, i've been making sourdough for a few months and have definitely confised myself with the poke test, it can not have changed size AT ALL and then i poke it and the dough responds as if it is has proven - i.e. There are many steps, and bakers … This way your bread will be ready directly for breakfast. I’ve lurked on this site for a while now and really appreciate how helpful people are so I thought I would write a post to get a little advice on my own. The Poke Test shows this loaf has over matured. And all those precious hours of preparing your sourdough can go wrong right here. It’s cold so the fermentation is slow. I bulk fermented on the counter at around 74F for about 7 hours, then shaped and let them proof on the counter for another 2 hours. OK. I thought I mention it as many bakeries retard at 5C and many home bakers have a cold fridge at 4C or 3C and with a bit of adjusting each bake you can find the perfect spot for your bulk, bench rest time and letting it rest before going into fridge. Thanks so much for asking. You can tell when your loaf is ready, under or over-proofed by using the Poke Test. There are only 3 places you can buy Le 5 Stagioni in Rio and they sell for USD 3,55 a kilo. Using your finger, give the dough a firm poke and leave it for about two minutes. So is the float test a good way to assess the rise of yeast dough or baking readiness of sourdough starter? - Now I am doing my fermentation and set of fold, I usually ferment for around 4h in total with folding every 30min. Pre-heat your oven and baking vessels at least 45 minutes before your loaf is ready. Quick note: start preheating your oven 30 minutes before your dough is fully proofed. When it is overproofed, while everyone got the call, and came, they waited around so long to get the signal, they got tired of standing in place so long and couldn't do any lifting when the time came, and instead went to lie down, so the loaf collapses. Just did a new dough, it's currently in the fridge for overnight proofing. I like to check for "hollowness" or presence of air by lightly rapping my fingers on the top of the dough and listening for a dull thump, much like you check for doneness after a loaf is baked. I have to be honest I never check the temperature when I bulk... My only sign of fermentation is mainly bubbles in the dough. This time I didn't bother and used a rectangle, I think that might have caused some issue with the top side. I have also seen comparisons with several loaves baked at different time intervals and the difference was hard to tell. It’s likely underproofed. Thank you for the explanation, it seems that we reach the same conclusion to cut down a bit the fermentation time, I will try 3 hours to see :). All my loaf where about this flat, it seems that they don't hold their shape while being put in the dutch oven.. Snazsh, I am not all that good at interpreting photos, and others may help concerning the distribution of the holes, but in my experience, underproofed loaves retain their shape and get some oven spring, though not as much as when they are properly proofed. No. You could take a chance—or you could do the poke test. It has no energy left for the oven and the bread structure has begun to disintegrate inside. In fact, every time will be a little bit different. Yep, I agree with wally, the poke test is completely useless on cold doughs and most likely will help you achieve nothing more than an underproofed loaf! I have so far gone to the place (it is a 20' bike ride from my place) twice and got 3 kilos each time. (See point #7: 8 reasons why your sourdough bread be flat). a.k.a underproofed sourdough bread a.k.a brick. - Once the fold are done I start to shape my dough with another fold on the counter top (envelop type of fold) and leave it to rest for 30min on the bench. Place it in very gently. Fingers crossed.... Kat. - During that period, I am mixing the flour and water to make about a 3hour autolyse so I can get some nice stretch with that wet dough later on (it does make a difference imo, I am passing the windowpane test with that), - Once that autolyse and starter rise done, I am mixing everything and leave it for about 30min, - Then adding the salt and usually I keep 25g of water from the 430g just to mix the salt properly to the dough, then wait about another 30min. and respect to try a loaf with 30% spelt...that is not easy with that flour.. The test involves gently pressing your finger into the surface of the dough for 2 seconds and then seeing how quickly it springs back. Perform the fingertip test to make sure your dough is overproofed. The problem with these diagnoses is that the difference, most of the time, is subtle and it is hard to tell where the problem is. The dent you make will be permanent if the dough is overproofed. Hopefully some people can help me figure this out, I was considering reducing the fermentation time to 3h to see if it would make any difference, but I am open to any suggestion :). Kudos! Your dough was left too long for the temperature of your kitchen and your sourdough has done all it’s rising on the bench. The test involves gently pressing your finger into the surface of the dough for 2 seconds and then seeing how quickly it springs back. Your sourdough is the same. Since you say it is flattening out, I suggest you cut back a bit on the fermentation. I have bulked today's loaf for 4h. If you keep blowing it up, causing it to expand, the balloon will eventually run out of ‘give’ and pop. If there’s not much tension left, it might be overproofed. That looks beautiful and airy and chewy and delicious! It takes some time to get the word out, and the things that are doing the lifting can only stand in place for a certain amount of time, and when that time is up they go lie down. What does underproofed mean? 1. Josey and Joy don’t find the poke test (where the dough springs back slowly, leaving only a small indentation) particularly helpful. Will take 2-4 hours at room temperature (until the finger poke test is passed) Place shortly before the finger poke test passes in the freezer for 45 minutes to make scoring easier; Or - place for 1 hour at room temperature, then another 6-24 hours in the fridge. Thank you for your comment. 'autotopsy' of loaves at various stages...and what signs to look for... https://www.seriouseats.com/2014/11/troubleshoot-bad-bread-messed-up-loaf.html, http://www.mydailysourdoughbread.com/recognize-3-early-warning-signs-underproofed-bread/. What we end up having to do is buy in bulk from the representative of the mill. Poke Test. Guidance Tartine vs FWSY levain % and proof. In this instance, I either prepare to bake it straight away and let it proof at room temperature while your oven heats up, or roofing it in the frdige for 4-5 hours will be enough and then it will need to be baked. There is also a test that you can perform to help you understand if the dough has developed enough strength and ‘bounce’ in it to hold itself up… The ‘Poke’ Test. Other signs of readiness are – your dough will have grown enough that you can tell it’s bigger and it is holding the same shape you gave it. Thanks for saving my English muffin dough! How easy is it to tell that from the look and feel of the dough? Writer, Designer, Creative, Sydney Sider. Here is a picture of recent loaf, from Apr. 3. Secondly, what happens when bread is over proofed? If it springs back right away, the dough is underproofed. ☺️ Time would be the best indicator for readiness when using the refrigerator to proof your sourdough; followed by visual signs such as size and texture. In a moderate kitchen (19-23°C / 66-74°F) it should take between 1.5 hours and 2 hours for your sourdough loaf to proof after shaping. So what other method you are suggesting? Note: This page contains Affiliate Links.If you click on any of the items and make a purchase, our family will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. The dent you make will be permanent if the dough is overproofed. 1. The poke test, which is just what it sounds like, is an easy way to tell whether a shaped dough is … It may turn out dense but it will still be tasty. I am probably handling the dough too much at that time :thinking: I usually see a few bubbles that domed on top and the edges yes. After taking it out of the fridge, I usually leave it out for a few more hours while heating up the oven. You did not mention at which temperature you bulk. I am finding my white sourdough is still slightly underproofed. If your sourdough is over-proofed, the loaf will not bounce back when gently poked. This is why I also was intrigued with the bakes from @mothersoven on IG. Under vs overproofed, you need to examine the crumb away from the large holes. Please note: This test is irrelevant when using the refrigerator method to proof your sourdough loaf. I take it out on Thursday and feed it in the afternoon/evening, then I usually start to make the dough on Friday. If the indent springs back gently but not completely, your sourdough bread is ready to bake! It would have been much better had he cut the loaf both ways and displayed them both. But I'd bet you should increase your bulking time, not decrease it. I am glad my tips are helpful. 3. After mixing before autolyse : 26.8After 3h autolyse and mixed with salt : 23.6, Dough resting after bulk (30min after the last fold) : 26.2Dough shaped and going to fridge : 25Fridge temp: 8 or 7. If the result is really flat, try using it toasted on cheese platters or as croutons in soup or salad. No baker or oven in the world can fix it. The taste and the texture are very good, not too sour but just what I am use to from a bakery, the crust also seems regular all around which is nice. If the crumb apart from the large holes is actually quite good then overproofed is a possibility. All Rights Reserved. It was a 72% hydration loaf (60g starter, 300g flour (plain flour & ww), 210g water & 6g salt). Snazsh, I hope the next bake goes well...and fingers crossed... Kat. and another lesson I learnt the hard way.....I totally appreciate what you say about flour and makes even a better baker for achieving 'magic' with the flour at hand...There are bakers from Brazil around on TFL...and have you seen Solano's posts? They don't even know what it is) cost me USD 10 a kilo. Don’t slash it (it will turn your loaf into a popped balloon). I have tried 75% hydration and it was ok. I've learned from my experience and practice that the poking test is in most cases the most efficient way to tell if the dough is fully fermented. Want to learn about sourdough? - Then baking it in a very hot dutch oven at 220 degrees with lid on for 25min, then 25min without the lid. Mine don't turn out like that all the time and yours is a beautiful lacy loaf! I have never seen Caputo flour being sold here in Rio. There are bazillions of sourdough recipes in the wild, foaming with traffic from eager bakers trapped in quarantine, ready for their sourdough starter baby with a punny name to graduate into a tube of sustenance and distraction during dark times. I performed a total of 4 folds during the bulk. Dough that is ready to be shaped is smooth and elastic and has risen in volume . If you miss your sourdough’s peak baking point, it will become exhausted and deflate. Testing your sourdough Poke the dough lightly with your finger and take note of how the surface of the dough bounces back. Turning on the oven will also change the temperature in your kitchen… just sayin’! You have nothing to lose by baking it in a bread or cake tin to hold the shape. Could it still be underproofed? In case the indentation fills back, then you are good to continue with the remaining processes of baking. U mentioned that pocking method it’s irrelevant for cold proof ( refrigerator). This is why I recommend using The Refrigerator Method because it slows down the entire proofing process leaving less room for error and virtually no experience in recognising the signs to get it right. If the first rise was done correctly, 10 hours in the fridge will be enough time for your loaf proof. I made my first sourdough loaf with my three month old starter last week. The test involves gently pressing your finger into the surface of the dough for 2 seconds and then seeing how quickly it springs back. This is the last bread I made last weekend : (higher resolution picture here : https://imgur.com/a/RJY2vVa). When making a white sourdough, I usually have to bulk proof for 6 hours, shape the loaf, then proof for another 4-5 hours before placing it in the fridge to retard. This time I did two fold at 30min interval and 2 other at 1hour interval (4 fold in total). Final proof - and temp in fridge... if your fridge is very cold it can help to let the finally shaped loaves rest for 30 min or so before going in the fridge..... Keep going and I baked many underproofed and overproofed loaves...I think we all did and is part of learning...... Kat. I have had my dough both under-ripe and over-ripe in the first rise, before putting it in the fridge to proof. Think of it like this, a balloon has an exhaustion point. My proofs don’t take long at all (about 1-2 hours); it’s okay if yours take longer. Perform the fingertip test to make sure your dough is overproofed. Your bread looks amazing by the way, it has nice ears ! Pay attention to how fast the dough springs back to fill in the indentation from your finger: The dough springs back fast and completely? The dough doesn’t spring back at all or only barely? I usually cut a round shape just so it's under the bread. . the indent slowly rises back halfway - this bread does rise in the oven but not amazing oven spring. However, make sure you don’t apply poking test soon after shaping, since it will not give you the right picture – so, combining poking test with volume should work. Your loaves are now proofing. In poking test, we examine the dough resistance and elasticity by pressing into the dough and observing the reaction (see the photo below). One very common test to judge the degree of final proof is the finger poke test: Use a wet finger to gently poke into you dough. If it doesn’t spring back at all, it’s overproofed. Begun to disintegrate inside balloon ) dense but it was not very noticeable 55-gal barrel oven and it. 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