As promised, here’s the update:
… I got home from work, opened the oven, and there it was. My bread had risen. To me it was perfect. A perfect first attempt. I punched it, formed it and left it for about 45 more minutes. Instead of baking it in a loaf pan I just left it on a cookie tray and baked it at 400 F for about 30 minutes… that is where my eagerness kinda ruined it… my bread isn’t fully baked. The centre is just a little raw… but really, add some honey and it just tastes gooey and warm and delicious. Right now I have another loaf rising… I know. I am obsessed.
What I learnt from my first attempt at bread:
– 2 packages of dry active yeast – well.. it’ll result with your entire apartment smelling of yeast – aka beer!
– 3 tbsp of brown sugar was perfect, ensuring that the bread wasn’t too sweet.
– forgetting the salt… not the end of the world. BUT I didn’t forget the salt this time.
– 4 c. of flour, added a cup at a time was perfect – and today I even added the flour a 1/2 c. at a time to better control the amount that I used
– glazing the top of the dough with milk was brilliant; as was sprinkling cornmeal on top before baking
check out my (very fuzzy) pictures… I’ve nicknamed this loaf “the mushroom” (you can understand why).
I’m super proud that I produced something edible.. and can’t wait to see how this next batch turns out.
And Chloé… make those sticky buns – the yeast isn’t that scary… except that today I’m using LIVE YEAST!!!!!!!!!! (you should all smell my fridge).