My second attempt, and this time I added the salt. Huge improvement over my first try. Also, I add a few tablespoons of infused olive oil now to every basic sourdough, and I like the results. My only issue this time was that the egg wash turns the crust a bit brown. Next time, no egg wash.
I had a little helper knead with me.
The color is a really intense gray. I added about 7 capsules of edible charcoal to a tablespoon of hot water, and stirred until the outer capsule melted away. Then just added to the initial dough. After the second rest period, I add the salt.
As soon as I brushed on the egg wash, I noticed the yellow pooling on the edges…Had a feeling it would brown in the oven.
I was right. In fact, it added a brown hue to the entire loaf. Looks more like a pumpernickel. Was going for a colder gray.
Regardless, it tasted great, and was a perfect contribution to a potluck breakfast with friends. P.S. my 8-year-old still thinks the color looks unappetizing… She prefers something more like this simple sourdough.