Ever wonder if what type of flour you use really matters?
Turns out it wasn't the loaf that was dense. It was me. When I pulled it out of the oven, instead of a nice, normal, slightly browned, light and fluffy loaf of bread I got that white rock in the picture. I had completely forgotten that I had cake flour at all and had just assumed that the flour I had grabbed was either the all purpose flour or the bread flour either or which would have been fine. These loaves didn't just look terrible, they tasted terrible. The only ones who would eat them were the dogs and I don't think they were really thrilled with it.
Now, after spending nearly 3 hours making bread the last thing I wanted to do was have to start all over but that's what I get for not being diligent in the first place. With the second set of loaves I made sure I had bread flour not cake flour.