Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Bread, Butter, And Life..
Is there anything more primal to civilized mankind, than bread? No bread was ever made in any form for thousands of years before early civilizations... Beer making and bread making are joined at the hip- one is liquid, the other solid and sustaining, but both have much in common. Once, I made a home made pizza dough, and forgot to put yeast in it... Unleven pizza might be OK during Passover, but it sure didn't fly very high here! Bread is simple; You mix flour from some grain, water, yeast or a bacteria that breeds in that medium, a bread will happen- to a degree! The addition of sugar, salt, oil, and flavorings helped a lot!
The devil is in the details, when making bread- or baking in general.. It is the only time I actually measure anything!
I made two loaves of bread today, and results were 85% good. I let it rise a good length of time, punched it down, separated into two loaves. let rise again- and baked... Bread is tasty, done perfectly- but fell from it's yeasty heights above the pan's lips for some unknown reason.. I like dense white bread, not too sweet or full of air- and I got that! Eats well, but baking can still be a mystery to me! I will always respect masterbasterbate- whoa! strike that! Master bakers.... (damn Spellcheck!) Have a laugh- on me!