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That was it! On previous loafs I'd just been kneading the dough in the mixing bowl for a couple of minutes. This time, after mixing it well, I pulled it out of the bowl and kneaded it on the counter for a full 10 minutes. Crumb turned out much more open, soft, and spongey.

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There may be another loaf of bread in my future this afternoon. After more research, I think I haven't been kneading the dough enough. The crumb's been a bit dense and gummy each time. Hoping more kneading will improve the results.

On Facebook, I stopped and watched a couple of videos about dogs - I didn't click on them, or interact with them in any way, I just stopped scrolling and watched them auto-play. Now I'm getting a ton of similar videos in my Facebook feed. I guess there are worse things it could be showing me.

Free donut and free coffee. Today is off to a promising start.

Inktober number 20: Breakable (but unbroken so far (though tonight was a close call)).

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The final product. Looks fairly ok. The scores didn’t burst as much as before, which makes me wonder if it didn’t get as much oven spring as it should have. Now the hardest part - waiting for it to cool!

Almost time to throw the bread dough in the oven. The dough is rising nicely this time, but it's SUPER sticky. Not sure why. Pretty sure I followed the recipe the same as last time. If anything, there should be less water in it.

I feel a loaf of bread coming on later today...

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