The recipe says the dough won’t rise much while proofing, which it didn’t, so I wasn’t alarmed. But then, they also didn’t rise much during the final rise, or during baking.
I didn’t slash these loaves, but it looks like steam vented between the braids, which is fine with me. I know the cracks look unprofessional, but so what?
I am doing something wrong, I’m sure. Sara’s back this weekend, but I doubt she’ll know… and I doubt I have the patience to bake with her using this sourdough. She is a great baker, but oh-so-slow and methodical (you have to be, to do it professionally; nobody cares if I ruin two challahs, but you can’t afford to ruin hundreds of loaves in your job, if it’s a job you want to keep…!).
p.s. The mandelbroit turned out very nicely, thanks.
Hmm… afterthought: perhaps the food processor is too violent / hot. I think next time I will try making sourdough bread by hand, in case that makes a difference.