Questions and Answers about loaf bread
QUESTION: Also when I get it [bread] out of the pan sometimes it is nice on the top but close to the bottom it looks more dense(not as airy) can you tell me why? Did I not wait long enough at the second rise?
Two potential reasons:
~ If the loaf top is toward the higher part of the oven, sometimes it cooks quicker. You may want to try lowering your rack to make the top of the loaf closer to the middle of the oven space.
~Also, if you are not getting a complete 'punch down' between rises this can happen. Don't beat it to death after the first rise, just get all the air bubbles out and reshape by rolling it up like a jelly roll and tuck in edges before putting in pan.