Discouraging Oven Spring Issue


Discouraging Oven Spring Issue Submitted by Patryk on August 9, 2020 – 6:25am. Hi all, So it’s been nearly a week since I posted my last loafs: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/65218/dough-spills-out-too-much-not-just-sourdough I read every comment, multiple articles online and probably watched this video 5 times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV3at6kqnWw Armed with that, and a now more mature starter I went ahead and tried again with the same video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eod5cUxAHRM As people said, I reduced hydration down to 65% – the dough became more manageable and didn’t spill as much but still way more liquidy than in any videos I watched online. My starter is now super active, doubling within 4-6 hours after feeding. Levain passed the float test after 5 hours. Autolysed for 1 hour and mixed. I reduced bulk ferment time, going by sight and touch. Three stretch&folds, nice domed shape, small bubbles on the surface, jiggly inside. It lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes, down from 4 hours last time. I tried pre-shaping and shaping as to create a nice taut surface without tearing, which I think went quite well. (Another issue I have here, my dough is very very sticky, Joshua’s doesn’t seem to be that sticky. When I try and rotate it during the shaping with my hand, I just rip it apart. So I had to use a lot of flour on my hand. Is that normal?) Retarded them as in the video I followed overnight. This morning I baked, and as you can see in the photo – I would say I got even less oven spring than last time.   I know it’s only my second bake and practice makes perfect, but seeing a lower amount of oven spring after adjusting for all the tips you guys gave me and the various videos and articles I read, it’s very discouraging. Plus, being a family of 2, we can’t go through that many loaves and my freezer is getting full haha. I am craving that elusive oven springy bread with nice open crumb and I can’t see to get it :/ Any ideas / tips what I can do next time? Where did I go wrong?
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