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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.

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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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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