Sunday, September 26, 2010

Even Though Man Cannot Live On Bread Alone...

Confession #1:  I love bread.  Seriously.  I could live off the the jail-food diet (you know, bread and water).  And so--coupled with my love of cooking and homemade-anything--it should not be surprising that I have tried to make it.

Confession #2:  All my attempts have been unsuccessful... so far.

You see, I really, really enjoy making things. Mostly because I like to keep my hands busy, and I like that I can make others happy with good food.  Which is why it is upsetting that I've had so much trouble developing my bread-making skills.

Confession #3:  I've been using a bread machine.  Which may explain why my attempts have been ugly block-masses of crumbly disaster.  But, I don't have the patience to do it all by hand (and to wash all of the dishes after I do it all by hand).  I don't know if it's the recipes I'm using... the yeast... the machine... the machine-operator...  But despite all of my research, I can't get it to work!

Confession #4:  I'm not giving up.  I'm a little funny when it comes to challenges--as in, sometimes I just refuse to give up (even with "loaf" after "loaf" of ... "bread").  And now I have some new ideas and a few new weapons in my arsenal ("Hello, vital wheat gluten!").  I'll keep you posted.

On the bright side, it's finally cold enough that I just may bake a loaf in the oven... maybe.  It's a new day for me and my bread-making skills.

The Latest Loaf (approx. 3" at its highest point) - 1.5 lbs. of Glory
For now, I'm making these French Breakfast Muffins.

1 comment:

  1. Excuse me, will you please call me for a home bread making workshop? or maybe to make some pasta? or maybe just to drink coffee with? But very good, I'm assuming you're making the whole wheat bread and VWG is a great idea to help that.