The bread has returned after much trial and error. No small amount of wandering in the wilderness of doughy ignorance was required to at long last arrive at bread that summons as expected, every time. The former incantation involved measuring by cups, and experimentation brought me to the following spell ingredients, some using weights:
- 22 oz (by weight) white flour (pref. all-purpose)
- 1t salt
- 1-1/4C starter
- 1-1/4C + 2T warm water
- 1/2C vegetable oil
The dough should be a smooth consistency that doesn’t stick to your fingers like The Blob. Finding this consistency can be a matter of trial and error. If it dough is too sticky, add flour one tablespoon at a time until it is not longer desperately clinging to your fingers. If the dough is too dry, use the same approach but with water.
Place the dough in a large bowl, cover with a damp towel, and keep in a warm place for 12 hours.
When summoned, it will be a large mass that can then be kneaded and split into twin loaves. Again cover with a damp towel.
The remainder of summoning is the same. I think I’ve discovered that 50 minutes in the oven is ideal.
Oatmeal Cranberry Bread! I make the dough with an additional 2T of molasses. After the first rise, I then add 1C Oatmeal, and 1/2C Cranberries (in the form of ‘Craisins’). Make into loaves. Let rise. Bake. It summons splendidly.