I’ve done it!! Feeling elated, very, very happy. Have just made my first ever sourdough bread. This is way beyond exciting:
I followed Dan Lepard’s instructions in Short and Sweet to make the starter. Have fed it daily for a couple of weeks apart from a few days in the fridge while away last weekend. The actual bread recipe came from River Cottage Hanbook on Bread, which goes into a lot more detail on kneading, proving, shaping etc. Started it last night, made a sponge then did the rest this morning. It rose beautifully but when I made the 3rd slash, one end deflated slightly, so it’s not super even:
Have not sliced it yet, it is cooling. Can’t wait.
I made the starter with rye flour and bread with 400g strong white flour. It’s definitely bigger than I expected but then I had no idea how it would come out.