As stated in a previous post, one of my resolutions for this year is to learn how to make bread. I have had a 66% success rate thus far and thought I would share with you my results.
The first attempt at bread was the easy way out...I made pita bread. With the help of the bread machine (purchased by my husband a scant 3 and a half years ago), the dough was prepared. This was not without some trouble because I did not realize how difficult it was to seat the bread pan in the machine...you really have to push down hard to get it in the right spot. So after Drew's help and encouragement, I got the pan seated properly and in a short time had dough! I threw it in the oven for the specified time and... SUCCESS! It tasted really good too!
The second attempt was for Jalapeno Bread. Drew was very excited about this prospect. This was the first time I tried to prepare the bread from start to finish in the breadmaker. I don't know what went wrong, but the bread did not bake properly. It was not finished when the machine said it was finished and so I put it on a timer for another 20 minutes. It still was not cooked because the machine shut itself off after about 5 minutes. FAIL!
The third attempt, I got a little ambitious. I decided to make French bread for our guests on Saturday night. As per the first attempt, I made the dough in the breadmaker and then finished it in the oven. This was the first time I had to deal with timing on rising and baking. It came out just great! SUCCESS!
I am not sure what to make this week, but I have discovered finishing the bread in the oven has been my only successful mode of breadmaking. I want to give the machine a chance to redeem itself this week. Any suggestions?