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Sourdough from active starter won’t rise! Gluten won’t develop even after hours of folding, what is wrong??

My house is freezing so I had placed the leaven + AP flour + water in the oven w the light on to Autolyse..left it for a few hours and it doubled. Then tried folding it over the course of a few hours but the dough is still shaggy, not stetchy and sticky like it normally is. I can’t even shape it! Is this a temperature, type of flour, or timing problem? Ahhh..

asked by viv-ee 23 days ago

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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added 23 days ago

Not sure the cause. If you didn't add too much heat, the yeast may still be alive & the dough may rise. But leaven may also (for yet unknown reason) be dead. For now, just leave it & hope for rise.
But if this loaf is dead & you need bread for Thanksgiving dinner:
1) start another batch with yeast & flour on hand, or
2) make baking powder biscuits, or
3) buy or have guests buy bread
4) replace with more of another starch (potatoes?).
Happy Thanksgiving...

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23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added 23 days ago

Not sure the cause. If you didn't add too much heat, the yeast may still be alive & the dough may rise. But leaven may also (for yet unknown reason) be dead. For now, just leave it & hope for rise.
But if this loaf is dead & you need bread for Thanksgiving dinner:
1) start another batch with yeast & flour on hand, or
2) make baking powder biscuits, or
3) buy or have guests buy bread
4) replace with more of another starch (potatoes?).
Happy Thanksgiving...

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