Bread making

Yesterday I stopped by the Bulk Barn and picked up a few different kinds of flour, I’d like to try them out in baking and maybe even some bread.  I picked up a pretty good variety, some were even organic:  Stone Ground Whole Wheat, Spelt, Kamut, Quinoa, Coconut and Red Fife.  Seeing as I am home this week I decided to take the opportunity to try a bunch of recipes and get some meals made (and frozen), including maybe some desserts and some bread.

So I figured I would Google “Red Fife Bread recipes” and go from there.  I found a recipe and decided to try it out.  Now there is something you need to know:  I love fresh baked bread and I do own a bread machine – but I don’t like bread machine bread.  I also have no urge to become a bread connoisseur, I really don’t have the will or the time.  I have seen blogs where they weigh every gram that goes into a loaf and talk about rising, proofing, poolishing etc… this is not me.  I want to throw some ingredient into my bread maker, press “dough” and then put it in the oven.  If great tasting bread comes out – AWESOME!  Yes, I want my cake and to eat it too.

So, I follow the recipe and throw everything into the bread maker, choose 2lb loaf and pressed “whole grain”.  Hindsight being what it is, that is precisely where I went wrong.  I should have pressed “dough”.  Needless to say, my Red Fife bread did not go as planned.  During a telephone conversation with a dear friend of mine, I smell smoke.  I turn towards the scent and it appears like my bread maker is about to spontaneously combust; smoke is pouring out of the lid.  I am really concerned that my smoke alarm may go off.  Why I would worry about that, I’m not sure, but there it is.  Anyhow, the phone is quickly hung up and I rush out to the front porch with my smoking bread machine.

Problem:  the bread machine tried to bake the bread.  There was simply too much dough (and very wet at that) and it poured over the sides of the bowl and onto the element = burning, wet dough.

I ended up pouring the remaining dough into a bowl, adding flour and reworking it as best I could.  I was able to split the dough into two loaves and put them in the oven to rise.

The bread turned out pretty good, but definitely need to work on it  😉  It was a bit heavier a bread than I like but overall was quite tasty with a nutty flavour.  I think that next time if I work the bread properly it will be somewhat lighter, worth buying again I think.

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