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Bad bread! Bad, bad bread!

What am I supposed to be doing right now?  Working.  What do I want to be doing?  Almost anything except, but I’d really like to be making some bread.  I love to bake, which is the point of this blog (aside from having a place to put my daring baker posts), and because I am a perfectionist (the secret shame of all true bakers I think – we’re control freaks), I tend to skip over the not-so-lovely projects that have been spawned from my oven.  My ever-so-lovely husband reminded me the other day that we learn more from our mistakes than our successes (ok, he didn’t say that really he said “did you put your bread on the blog?” and I said “the one that sucked?” and he said “yeah, you should put that one up there too”) and he’s right.  Unfortunately, my little perfectionist pea-brain stepped in and let me throw away the flat flat flat dough before I took a picture of it, so I can’t show how spectacularly bad it was, but it was flat like the earth was before it was round and it felt like it weighed 10 lbs, which is impossible because there was only a pound of ingredients.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t put enough yeast in the mix, which can be tricky when you’re working with wild yeast, but I’ve been so lucky with the stuff in the last few months that I didn’t consider the stage it was in, whether I’d fed it enough, etc.  I just measured it out and hoped for the best…

I’m making some more bread this weekend and if it sucks, I promise to take a picture and write about what went wrong because it’s true – I do learn more when I don’t do it right than when I do.  In fact, when I do it right, I hardly learn anything at all – but I do get a lovely loaf of bread to eat for lunch.  And if that’s what I make, I’ll put a photo of that up too.

2 Comments

  1. Dude! when I was in England I messed up ALL the measurements, plus the Celsius and Fahrenheit stuff and was sure my bread was a DOG but it came out GREAT! See picture here: 40licious: The Best of Bread

    I think bread can be very forgiving. Unless it makes you its bitch.

  2. Joyce says:

    Apart that nice comment “we learn more from our mistakes than our successes ” i want to add a comment and that is Practice makes a man perfect.Anyway i like bread and have it everyday in my breakfast.

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