The first rise did double in size, so I moved on to the next step.
The second rising went well, until I deflated it try to make the slashes in the bread described in the book. But it all worked out in the end and we all loved the bread. I didn't find it to be too salty as some commented until the second day.
This recipe is a keeper. Although it took most of the day to make this bread, I think it's a perfect bread to make when hanging out at home all day.