Back to the drawing board for me. How could my first loaf of freshly baked bread, using my new breadmaker, be so near perfect and then my second one be a near disaster?
Could it be because I messed with the recipe? Yup, I truly do believe that.
I thought I could spice up the country French White bread, so I added a tablespoon of Mrs. Dash. I believe if you add a dry ingredient you must remove a dry ingredient of the same measuring amount. The same is probably true of liquid measurements, although I cannot be 100% sure of this.
Like I said, a near disaster. First the loaf was lobsided and the top of the bread stuck to the (inside top) of the lid, so naturally when it was done and I opened the lid, a part of the top portion of the bread was torn away. Not too pretty!
Next, the bread did not appear to be completely cooked. It actually had a moist look and felt a little gooey near the center. I went ahead and cut the loaf in half to see just how much damage occured.
Well, not to be detered, I pulled out the butter crock and proceeded to slather that thick creamy pale deliciousness on my bread. Not too pretty! The bread tore apart but I did manage to get a small piece buttered. The taste was, hmmmmmmm, okay, but not great, and certainly not at all like the first loaf I baked.
Would you believe the birds wouldn’t eat it? I believe a stray dog confiscated that loaf I left out by the tree. Probably thought it was an unusual shaped football or something akin to that, and then again maybe the dog didn’t know the difference.
Lesson learned: Don’t Mess With the Recipe!
Next loaf was Mrs. Potato Head Potato Bread. Not as I expected but at least it cooked evenly and was done. I think I’ll stick to the Country French bread for now.
I never said I was going to be a perfect bread baker, did I? Or did I say I was going to work toward baking the perfect loaf of bread? Either way, it appears that I have a long way to go.