Just after feeding the night before
Well fed starter
Thoroughly mix all ingredients (except for salt)
After 1 hour rest (before salt)
Incorporate salt into dough and knead at same time.
1 hour rest after adding salt
Stretch and fold (very elastic initially)
Fold over – repeat on all 4 side (12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock)
Stretch and fold, then turn over so smooth side up
After first stretch and fold (~1 hour), repeat process for total of either 3 or 4 stretch and folds
After 2nd stretch and fold
After 3rd stretch and fold
Dough becomes less elastic with each stretch and fold
After 4th stretch and fold, cover and let sit between 2-2.5 hours for final proof
Dump dough out onto floured surface, pull edges up toward center and flip over into ball and cover with tea towel and let sit for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes rest

Place dough in well oiled pan and cover and let proof for about 1.5 hours (shorter if warmer in house)
Proof in bag for 1.5 hours
After 1.5 hours (above). Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 12 hours but up to 48 hours (I typically do around 24 hours)
Just removed from fridge. Sprinkle some flour on top and spread and then use a sharp knife to make some relief incisions
In 400F oven (bottom rack has a container with about 2 cups of water that was placed during pre-heat) bake for 20 minutes. Then remove the water basin from bottom rack and bake another 30-35 minutes (my oven I typically do 33-34 minutes).
Place on cooling rack and let fully cool before slicing


  • Can play around with the flour ratios. I’ve done 100% bread flour but also have done 300 grams bread flour with 200 grams whole wheat.
  • The rest time between stretch and folds is dependent on temperature of the kitchen. Can shorter if warm to 30-40 minutes and extend to longer than an hour if colder.
  • Proof time after placing in loaf pan and covering can also vary depending on temperature of kitchen.
  • Dough is ready to turn out and shape when you can see the edge of the dough pull away from the bowl and appear more rounded in appearance



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s