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.