I first have to say, this was my first attempt making a sourdough bread. This was also my first time using a starter. This was my first time attempting to grow a starter which I've been doing for the past week. I read ALL the reviews and I decided to follow some of the modifications of leaving out the milk, yeast, and onions. I think the onions would be lovely, but I wanted to go real basic this time. I also used my bread machine to do the dough prep as I don't have a stand mixer. :( I put it together, got it mixed up and balled up in the bread machine and left it for several hours. When I came back I was disappointed it didn't appear to rise. I 'punched' it down, although it was already down pretty much and put it on a baking pan to rise in the oven w/ the light on. Nothing really happened. I was going to toss it, but then I thought to go ahead and bake it and see at least the flavor. The bread rose quite well once it was in the oven although it was a rather weird shape. The flavor was wonderful!!! The open cell structure is fantastic and even though mine was a little denser than I suspect it will be in the future...it really came out w/a GREAT taste. Thank you so much!
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I first have to say, this was my first attempt making a sourdough bread. This was also my...