Thursday, 21 June 2018

Crumbs

I have tried on many occasions to make bread and it is just beyond me, still I live in hope that eventually something good will happen. 

That day was not today. 

I really wanted focaccia, so I watched a video, which made it seem fairly simple and went to it. There are no photos, i went in the bin after the hanging around for an hour hoping it will rise period, although I knew a long time before that that it wasn't going to work out. It all seems to go wrong somewhere between mixing everything together and tipping it out to knead it (I am not doing no knead bread, I can't be doing with having things hanging around overnight). I followed the instructions to the letter, and yet things just didn't seem mixed, so even after the kneading part there was nothing silky or easy to work about the leaden ball on the worktop. 

I think I know what the issue is, I just want to be able to do it, I don't want to do it. It seems ridiculous that I can't make something so simple, so I go into it as a challenge not something enjoyable, or even just as a task to be done. Dan always says he can tell when I'm not in the mood for cooking as the food tastes different, I can understand that. Probably just as well the dough went in the bin.

In another few years I'll probably try again. 

12 comments:

  1. It is so frustrating when you are trying so hard and yet can't achieve the results you want. I tried Mitzi's recipe here https://lazydaysandsundays-mitzi.blogspot.com/2018/05/sun-dried-tomato-foccacia.html and I found it nice and simple. Maybe give it a try. X

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    1. Thanks. I'll give that one a go, Dan has offered to supervise the next time I want to make bread so he can see where things go wrong, although if he's there I won't need to make it myself!

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  2. I make all my bread, well the breadmaker does the work now. far too busy crafting or gardening. If I am in the mood to bake I make cakes and cookies.

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    1. Dan makes most of our bread, I just thought I'd give it a go for a change.

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  3. Make sure that your yeast isn't killed. Proof it in some swarm water. If it gets bubbly it is alive. If the liquid is too hot you will kill it.

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  4. I know that feeling so well. Not so much cooking but growing. I can not grow carrots. I've tried from seed many times and they grow to the size of a seedling and that's it. So this year I bought some seedlings. They grew a little but but then started to go to seed and they are like wood. I give up.
    I think there are things we are just not meant to do. I have no secrets to making good homemade bread as I don't do it. I used to make seeded bread in a bread machine but it wasn't that good.
    Carolx

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    1. Thanks Carol. I also gave up growing veg, it was another thing that I thought was a good idea to do rather than being something I really wanted to do. Having said that, it turns out I still have two containers of raspberries and some of them are nearly ready!

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    2. I expect those raspbesrries taste delicous
      Carolx

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    3. They are gorgeous, the blackbirds think so too!

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  5. I am even having trouble with the bread machine right now. Like you I follow everything exactly, but something seems to go wrong lately. Hopefully both of us can at some point make a lovely loaf of bread....

    God bless.

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