I've just joined the forum and thought I would say hello and tell you about my journey here.
I bought some live yeaast from the supermarket three weeks ago having been enthused by some friends on another forum who were baking bread. Around the same time I wanted to have a go at making a starter so set wo work with flour and water (don't worry I didn't use the yeast - that was to make my first ever white loaf). The starter looked a bit iffy after a couple of days and I wasn't happy with the smell, having done loads of research on the internet I binned all of it with the exception oa a teaspoon and added more flour and water - it all started looking better a few days later.
Anyway, with my yeast from the supermarket I baked my first loaf with reasonable success and then a week or so later I made a second loaf. From my second batch I held back some dough which I then used with a bit of my starter and some French flour to make some French rolls - they should have been baguesttes but I panicked when it came to rolling them out - LOL The result was pretty amazing with a crunchy crust and a lovely white fluffy inside - see pics.
So yesterday I baked my first ever Sourdough Boule! I had bought a banneton to give it some shape and a peel as I thought I'd never get it into the oven without one (I know, newbie buying all this and that etc).
It was a bit tricky removing it from the banneton as it did stick a little and I think I lost a bit of lift in the process but it turned out pretty good. I can't stop thinking about it and looking at the pictures - so, two white loaves, a couple of rolls and a bouIe later - think I'm hooked!
Here's some pictures of my rolls and the boule.