After a couple of weeks of gettin my starter working great, I finally baked a couple of loaves. Questions are:
1. The kneading processes, do you add flour, it appeared to be too sticky, so I kneaded with flour. Is this right or wrong?
2. The amount of starter 100% was great & I didn't realize on the 4hr prove it would actually expand and be enough for two individual loaves, so I split it the next day. Was this ok to do? If so, should I have left the doughs to individually rise for another day?
Im fairly new to using this type of starter method & don't want to make mistakes!
3. When turning out the 1st loaf onto the hot pizza stone, it started spreading, I quickly placed in the oven & didn't get much rise. Again, because I split the dough again, should I have waited another day before I baked?
4. The second loaf I baked, was actually a perfect ball, however not much rise!
I couldn't resist trying the 1st loaf tat I baked, it was delicious, crust was crunchy, the holes in the bread not large as other posts I have seen although they are small and look Ok. The taste was great! I sort of know where I went wrong! Any tips would help with the next lot I bake.