A quick rising sourdough found at about.com; member 5308728308’s directives in the comments were followed, substituting in part wheat flour and buttermilk.
This turned out the most aesthetically approachable loaf yet, with a beautiful, caramelized crust dusted with sesame seeds and crushed oats, the points at the cross cut, peaked up after baking.
The loaf was also much better aerated than the previous loaves – thanks to the advice of those that know doughs: Attend to the consistency, not quantities. The dough was left sticky and kneaded in the bowl (not on a well-floured counter)until it just passed the window pane test (a solid D).
After the first rise, the dough was still a bit difficult to handle without a little oil on hand but the texture of the end product was much improved. Not a very, not surprisingly, sour loaf, but very good, exceptionally for a late night and short time.
You have to look closely, since it’s in the hound – ate the whole thing, other than the one small sample slice.
but he’s the only one that could have reached it, on the counter, set back about three feet by the wall.
On a less sour note: Anyone need a pure bread hound? Great with kids (big enough to defend themselves and, no babies), other dogs (of a certain size or attitude) and squirrels, gentle as an uncoordinated giraffe, and an excellent teaching animal – for lessons in patience, humility and forgiveness.