The bread is delicious. Great crust. Really great crust. Okay, here is what I did a bit different/unique/this time from the White Bread with a Sponge Starter recipe in the Joy of Cooking, 1997 edition
- raised the starter in the cold oven with a light bulb on. (It is January in Wisconsin, folks!)
- dumped the whole raised starter, about two cups, into the bread recipe rather than just one cup.
- mixed the dough in the Kitchen-Aid with bread hook,
- probably added another cup of flour (because of the additional starter) to get dough with the right texture but not too dry. Actually, it was wetter than a dough I would have kneaded on the counter.
- raised the bread dough in the refrigerator overnight. I set it on the kitchen counter for an hour then into the cold oven with the light bulb on to bring the dough to room temperature.
- Baked the loaves at 450F for 38 minutes and added about a cup of water to another pan under the bread stone at the beginning of the bake time.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^I had several questions in the comments a while ago about why I walked out of the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas concert at the Verizon Center in DC. I sat through the first half. There was some music and a bit of a light show but most of it was what I consider preaching. Preaching about being good to your fellow man and what ever else. The vocals/preaching were not attractive and they droned on and I didn't get any thrill from any of the music. In fact, I believe I dozed a bit. It was blah. I decided to cut my losses and leave at intermission. I just expected to hear more music....well-performed music and vocals, considering the price of the ticket. I don't mind if people preach but if they want me to pay them to do it, they darn well better disclose that before I buy the ticket. I will not attend any more concerts by this group nor will I purchase any more of their music. Yup, I am annoyed.