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Bread without yeast

You wouldn't know it to look at it, but this is a 1.5-lb loaf.

You wouldn’t know it to look at it, but this is a 1.5-lb loaf.

This, friends, is what happens when you get distracted when making your bread and use baking powder instead of yeast. The containers are about the same size, about the same color, and… yeah, I mucked this up good. This is a 1 1/2 lb loaf. It looks like a hockey puck. I bet you could even use it in the NHL or something. Sigh.

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Bread machine – tips and tricks

honey whole wheat bread

Such a poofy loaf!

I tells ya: ever since I realized that you should peak into the bread machine after 5-10 minutes and make sure it looks right (i.e. a ball that sticks to the side of the machine), I’ve gotten a lot better results. And just saved my newly-tested recipe by adding 4 heaping spoonfuls of flour. (Honey whole-wheat, for the curious.)

Bread machine – 100% whole wheat bread

My cute little whole wheat bread loaf

My cute little whole wheat bread loaf

Tonight’s experiment was a 100% whole wheat loaf (because I’m out of all-purpose flour and too lazy to do groceries). It came out very… short. And, I imagine, dense. It’s hard to tell, but this is actually a 1.5-lb loaf. I know, it looks more like a 1-lb loaf, but it’s not. Taste test tomorrow morning.

Bread machine challah

It might not be a braided loaf, but it's still delicious.

It might not be a braided loaf, but it’s still delicious.

Being the good little Jew that I am, and having now figuring out at least a few of the tricks of my bread machine, I decided it was time to make some challah. I used this recipe, which was quite easy, decided to let the whole thing run in the bread machine (braided loaves are pretty, but bread machine loaves are easier), and now my kitchen smells amazing!

Bread machine – Russian black bread (disaster!)

Collapsed bread makes me sad.

Collapsed bread makes me sad.

Brown bread loaf #3: despite using the exact same recipe and the exact same settings as last time, this one is a poofy, collapsed monster. I can only theorize it’s the 1/4 tsp less yeast or the ridiculously high humidity. And if course in supposed to bring this to brunch today… Sigh.

Bread machine – Russian black bread (redux)

Russian black bread - much prettier than last time.

Russian black bread – much prettier than last time.

Second loaf of Russian black bread, much prettier than the first loaf, despite being the exact same recipe. Is it because I set the bread machine to the correct 2-lb setting, or because I used the “French/Italian” setting that gives a harder crust? More experimentation required!

Bread machine – attempt #2

Russian black bread. Somewhat collapsed.

Russian black bread. Somewhat collapsed.

Bread attempt #2: a Russian black bread. Not as pretty as yesterday’s, but it still smells very tasty. To be eaten at tonight’s D&D game, ideally with some old cheddar. If I drank beer, that would not be amiss either.