First Time Making Bread
(Toms Brook, VA)
Let me first begin by saying that I am a single dad of 4 kids trying to cut corners and become self sufficient. This is the story of the first attempt at baking bread, the "Easy Recipe" found in this forum.
I would give myself a C+ overall. The aroma was great. The bread even tasted wonderful. There were a couple of discoveries that may have contributed to the low grade.
The biggest problem I encountered was that the dough didn't seem to rise to twice the size. The final version was about half of the loaf in the pictures. Again, it tasted great. It just looks more like a cake in height.
The variables seem to be, yeast, water temperature, and the KitchenAid. I used yeast packets instead of yeast from a jar. The packets equate to 2 1/4 teaspoons and the recipe calls for 2 1/2.
Not enough yeast?
I heated the water to a point that I could comfortably put my finger in it. I now have a liquid thermometer.
The final variable was the mixer. When I was emptying the dough from mixer's bowl, the bottom of the bowl still had dry flower in it. How do you get all of the ingredients to mix? This may have had something to do with the lack of rise from the dough if more of the yeast was left in the bottom.
Anyway, all in all it wasn't that bad. I have since purchased items to remove the variables of water temperature. I am going to try again tomorrow. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have attached a picture of the finished product.