Sunday, June 21, 2009

There is a Better Weigh

I know you have all been on the edge of your office work chair wondering if I've stuck with the milling and bread-making thing. I have to report that, since receiving my mill and big, giant mixer back at the end of January, I have faithfully made bread every week or so in order to keep this family well-stocked in sandwiches and toast. In fact, several weeks ago, a friend of mine and her family as well as my brother-in-law were here for dinner. I made my bread once my friend got here in the hopes of luring her into the world of milling and bread-making (it worked, by the way).

As I separated my dough into 6 loaves, both my friend and brother-in-law asked me why I don't use a scale to ensure each loaf's equality. I laughed in a slightly mocking manner. I mean, we all know I'm a little bit anal retentive about just a few things, but my slightly uneven bread loaves have never bothered me. Of course, since that day, it has bothered me just a little each time I've made bread. But not enough to force the purchase of a food scale.

That is, until the other day. Friday I tried my hand at French bread, and I discovered that I really stink at eyeballing things. I ended up with one, beautiful, just right loaf; one medium OK loaf; and one puny, little pitiful loaf (hey, where's Goldilocks?). The good thing is, despite how they looked, the loaves were delicious. I'm adding a scale to my Wish List, though, before I attempt French bread again. If anyone has any recommendations...

6 comments:

CrossView said...

I recommend that you send all the less than perfect loaves my way. I will gladly, out of the kindness of my heart, take care of them for you. 'Cause I'm nice like that! ;o)

TeacherMommy said...

Oh dear me. Seeing those loaves is ALMOST enough to make me consider taking up breadmaking as well!

Almost.

Kathleen said...

Crossview ~ You are too kind. Really.

TeacherMommy ~ If it makes you feel any better, these aren't QUITE as good as African French baguettes! Close but not quite.

Arby said...

You get what you pay for in scales - buy a good quality professional model. I weigh my loaves every time I bake bread, and I've been baking bread for 25 years. Don't worry so much about the perfect look. Look for the perfect texture (inside and out)and flavor. Put my name right behind Crossview's for any unwanted loaves!

dclouser said...

Yummy! Elizabeth told me that you were still making bread and that it's DELICIOUS. Can't wait to try some of it! Of course I'm already spoiled rotten with the baguettes we get in Ouaga. If it weren't for them, I could probably lose some weight...

Khakismum said...

*sigh* I'm still on the learning curve of things and just can't quite get the perfect loaf to come out. I have mastered the art of milling, but not bread making. My loaves are either to dense (have learned that is becasue of my wheat choice) or they were let to *over* rise and thus fell. Still seeking that elusive perfect loaf - I won't give up!. Luckily Butch and Kathryn are all too happy to eradicate any bread failures I may have.