I had it all wrong. The notes I shared on my previous post, Harvestyme Bread, on how to proof your bread quickly were incorrect. The following instructions are straight from the baker’s mouth, so to speak.
“What I did for the water, I heated it up until it almost boiled, place in the oven; you can even have it on the some rack when proofing. When doubled in size, knead dough for 5-6 min. At this point I would not place the dough back in the oven after you shaped the loves and place in pan. Just cover dough with a tea towel and let rise until double 45min. to an hour. About thirty mins. into the final rise start your oven at 450. When bread is ready to go into oven turn oven down to 350 if using pans. If you are using a pizza stone leave oven at 400. You can put a pan of hot water in the bottom of the oven but don’t use more then 1/2 cup.”
Hope this clears up any confusion.