Badger Girl has traveled far and wide. After years of being an angst ridden graduate student, she has returned home and set her sites on more domestic matters. This blog details her culinary adventures, stumbling blocks and questions. Some day she will be able to follow a recipe, create new dishes and maybe actually get her timing down, but until then, join her as she strives to become a Master Chef.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Obsession Continues
Badger Girl- 1.
The Bread took this round.
So I was supposed to shape the dough into a tight ball (see above) but the dough was not cooperating (see below).
This just about drove me nuts. The cookbook told me I needed to have iron hands with kid gloves. Really. How about a sledge hammer? Would that help?
I don't have problems getting the dough to rise as seen above. It darn near rose off the pan. Again.
Also, in the picture in the cookbook, there is this neat, art-y cross in the breads. You can almost imagine a portly baker dressed all in white when you see the crosses on the bread. Mine looked like I took a machete to it.
My guest ate some of the bread toasted this morning and said it was good. I am still too mad. I had some after it came out of the oven and pronounced it a disaster. Manatee disagrees and has convinced me he likes it. When I stop pouting, I will probably try toasting it.
I am going to take a break from these sponge breads and return to some more basic recipes, things at which I have previously succeeded and enjoyed doing. This weekend we are having some of Manatee's family over for make your own pizza so I will be making the crusts the next few days. Hopefully I can rebuild my baking confidence.