Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A for Effort

So a few months ago I decided that I was sick of the loaf of bread getting stale and then going to waste. I thought I would solve this problems by making my own homemade bread. Surely Jeff would eat homemade bread and it would be easier to just make up a batch when we ran out. Well it's been four months and I still can't really make bread. I've had friends and family suggest to just get a bread maker. I think now it's a matter of stubborness. Sure I want a bread maker but I also want to figure out what the heck I'm doing wrong. I've tried lowering the temperature of the water so it doesn't kill the yeast. I've tried adding less flour and adding glutin. I've tried letting it rise longer. I've tried three different recipes. The best one was my sister Tiffany's by the way. The recipe is on her blog. The link is to the right. My next attempt I will use dough enhancer and we will see if that does the trick. I've never had so many failed attempts to bake something in my life. Jeff is pretty good about it and even ate a piece in front of me this morning but I could see the suffering in his eyes and he swallowed the dense semi soft piece of "bread". Then he tried his best to comfort my failed attempts. "Just think, there are enough people that aren't good at making bread, that someone invented a bread making machine." I wonder if these other people have a club I could join. Don't be surprised if you get a bread making update in two weeks. I will not fail again.

4 comments:

lyn said...

I feel your pain! It has taken me a couple years to learn how to make bread ... and I still have problems.

Alycia said...

we don't make bread in the bread maker...we just make the dough...they are worth every penny!

Casey Redd Kennington said...

High elevation can cause bread not to rise properly, too. I have also found that the less flour you can possibly put in, the better. Good luck!

McKinney Madness said...

Just wanted to let you know Stephen is registered at Target!!! They will be in PA though until Sept 2.