my bread oven. Since this is my first bake I got some recipes from wild sourdough, by Yoke Mardewi, and decided to try my luck with Crusty Semolina Sourdough. I started the day out by firing up my wood oven at about 10AM and mixing my ingredients for the bread at about 1 pm. First lesson is I should have started earlier, because after mixing my dough I needed to wait about 6 hours before I could actually put the breads in the oven. So by the time it was all ready it was dark outside, and with my luck it started to snow at about 4 pm. Anyways that's the lesson i learned, back to the bread, after my first fire burned down I let the oven rest for an hour and then started a second fire in the oven, don't forget that each fire takes about 2-3 hours to burn down. Now here is my second mistake, after my second fire burned down I closed the oven door so the heat in the oven wood equalize, but I had to wait for about 2 hours till my dough had the final rise, and I could put it in the oven to bake and that was a little to long.
Finally at about 6 pm I put the bread in the oven, although I should have gave it another hour to rise, I had no time to wait. I loaded my 10 1 1/2 pound loves in to the oven and closed the door, after about 30 minutes I checked the bread, it had a nice pop to it but it was not golden brown yet, so I closed the oven door for another 10 minutes, after that the bread was nice and golden with a beautiful crack in the middle. So with all said and done the bread turned out OK but next time I would probably use less semolina flower in it and perhaps a little more starter. But this is how we learn by trying again and again.