Where autolyse is a traditional bread baking technique used to break down gluten and lessen the kneading process, amylase are the enzymes that empower that process. Having observed weak flour in recent autolyzed loaves (e.g. no open crumb, failure to easily absorb water, etc.) I started to wonder whether the process was working. So I queried a number of bakers and some of the solutions I found were helpful.
1. Less sourdough
2. Less hydration
3. Make cookies and pies instead.
4. Hand mix
5. Lots of folds
6. Cold bulk fermentation.
7. Firm levain
Incorporating some of these ideas, I got some nice loaves.
Below are some before and after!