From there, it was to sit at "room temperature" for 10-14 hours. Our room temperature is too chilly for rising bread dough, and so I'm happy to say my Brod & Taylor proofing box is back from being repaired. Brod & Taylor kindly repaired it for me at no cost, even though it was past its warranty date.
When I got up this morning, it had risen nicely!
So, I was highly motivated to fold it (this is a no-knead bread), shape it, and put it into the banneton for its second rise. When it went into the basket, it looked like this. I've sprinkled bran flakes on top.
From here, it was supposed to take two more hours to rise. I gave it an extra hour, and it only rose just slightly. I didn't have a good feeling about it, but I went ahead and baked it anyway. It came out of the oven pretty much as expected. It looks pretty good from this angle.
But check out its profile. It never really rose beyond pancake status. Not even "oven spring" could save it. Sigh.
I haven't cut into it yet, and so I'm hoping it will taste better than it looks. It's beginning to look as if bread baking (sourdough baking, at least) is a hit or miss proposition. Undaunted, I'll go ahead with the brioche tomorrow. It uses commercial yeast. It'll give the wild yeast a chance to chill in the refrigerator and think about its recent antics.
While I was waiting for the bread, I did some more big stitch quilting on Mumm's the Word. Now I've finished the upper right hand corner star.
The hoop has been moved to the left, so I'll start on this heart next. Then, there's just one more star to the left of that and the biggest part of the center will be finished.
There's just a little bit left to quilt at the bottom, and then I'll be moving on to the border. I don't know if I"ll get the center finished before the end of the month, but there's still some time.
Before I go, I need to take care of a couple of housekeeping items. Occasionally, someone tells me that they are unable to comment on my blog. I have no explanation for this, nor do I have any control over it. Previously, I've had my settings at "embedded," and frankly, I'm not sure what that means. Now, I've changed the setting to "pop-up window" to see if that makes a difference. I'd appreciate it if you would let me know if you are one of the ones who has been having problems. Also, I've had to change my settings to exclude "anonymous" commenters. I've had some problems with rather rude spam comments getting through, and so I've decided to do away with "anonymous". I hope that doesn't include you. In any case, you are always welcome to email me. You can find a link to my email up there on my right side bar. I love hearing from you, so email any time.
Also, I wanted to mention that the first linky party for the Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club is coming up. Click on this badge, and it will take you to the information page that explains what we'll be doing for the parties.
All you really need to know is this: you do not have to finish your block to link up. Just show us how much progress you've made. It should be at least one stitch. Showing us skeins of floss and an empty stitchery does not represent progress. Just sayin'. Also, there will be a fabulous prize of one of these little magnetic needle threaders from Puffin & Company. There are several different ones, but I think for grins, we'll start with this little cat.
These are the larger needle threaders, intended to be used with large-eyed needles and embroidery floss. Makes sense, doesn't it? To be eligible to win, all you need to do is link-up showing us your progress. One lucky winner will be chosen at random each month. There's plenty of time left to get stitching, so don't miss the party! Linky will go up on Tuesday, January 31st.
We'll be picking up our new truck from the dealer this afternoon, and something tells me that will necessitate a drive in the country. It's turning out to be a pretty nice day, and so we're looking forward to that.