New Year resolution is meant to be achieved or to be forsaken.
Yeah, half of them were achieved this year while the other half were either forsaken or given up without trying again.
However this year, I am not giving up on baking breads which I had tried for these few years.
The first I baked a bread, it turned out to be as hard as a rock, totally not edible that I had threw it into the lake.
Second time and third time, both the Cherry bread were fluffy and soft alike Gardenia bread.
I was extremely thrilled when I managed to achieve the right tendency.
However, I couldn’t bake the same bread again after that.
I did follow the bread recipe exactly, the measurement and the steps but I just couldn’t bake the same bread anymore.
“don’t give up yet” that was the phrase I kept telling myself.
I had been through numerous failures in baking muffins too for the past 10 years.
Through trials and mistakes, I learned that:
- you don’t have to follow the exact measurement. Too much sugar or butter doesn’t work well.
- must follow the baking steps diligently. If it says 45 minutes, you cannot cut short 30 minutes.
- Start with small quantity. If the recipe makes 2 loaves, divide the measurements into halves.
- firm packet of yeast works better than lose packet
- too much flour makes the dough dry.
I had come to understand that not all bread recipes follow the same step by step instructions.
Muesli bread steps are different from Cherry bread.
The yeast is mixed together with the flour but for Cherry bread, you have to mix yeast with sugar and walk milk in order for the yeast to foam.
Prolong foaming of the yeast is helpful either. I thought it would make my bread loaf pump up.
Nope, instead, it became dense and damp.
Honestly, baking bread isn’t easy if you do not have a bread mixer or a decent oven.
I knead my bread dough by hand and uses the slow cooker to allow the dough to double its size by heating up the slow cooker.
Putting on top of the fridge doesn’t work at all. I had tried the whole day, still the bread dough remained the same size.
Anyway, I am going to try to bake bread again but this time I will use firm packet of yeast.
It is hard to find that type of yeast now.
Never give up, I gotta try baking the same old bread that I had baked before.
Wish me luck!
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