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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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.)
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.
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!
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!