I usually post when I make yummy things. Usually the things are either good and easy to make, or really good and a little bit harder. You might get the impression that I eat well all the time.
Of course, you don’t hear about night before last’s stir fry that was perfectly fine, just not perfect, the batch of Pad Thai that was a bit overcooked and watery, the dinner of toast and pecan pie. To be fair, there are some things that are very yummy that you haven’t heard about. Pasta casserole, two (!) Thanskgiving dinners, and the spelt crackers (oh, the spelt crackers), and I do mean to tell you about at least some of that. But I hope I give off the (correct) impression that when I get into the kitchen, while what comes out might not be exactly as planned, but it’s still edible.
Like the time I failed at making truffles. Sure, I could only get about 3 of them to hold together enough to look even remotely like a truffle, but y’know what we had instead? A big bowl of melty chocolate. And when you get a bunch of college women a bowl of chocolate and spoons? No one is complaining that the shape is wrong.
But yesterday I failed. Failed. And I’m not even sure exactly where I went wrong.
I keep meaning to make No-Knead bread. I have yeast, I have flour and salt and a loaf pan. But my man-creature likes whole wheat bread. Some recipes call for half All Purpose Flour and half Whole Wheat, which I suppose would be fine. Some recipes call for a flat pan, or some sort of container of water, or making 4 batches worth at the same time… All of which I’m willing to experiment with, but preferably later. I do not have a stand mixer, so the No-Knead sounds particularly nice.
And someone linked to someone else, and the other day I found this recipe– It was super easy, and had me excited about never buying bread again!….. And then it came out of the oven. The texture? Okay, I suppose, but not inspired. The bottom seemed damp. Oh, and then I tasted it. Perhaps buying overpriced bread isn’t a bad thing…. because this didn’t taste like something I want to eat. It was salty. So salty that upon further consideration, it was decided that “deer would like it!”
What did I do? It called for two teaspoons of salt. Did I use Tablespoons? No. The teaspoon was dirty, the Tablespoon was not. Other recipes call for only 1/4 a teaspoon less. Perhaps the whole wheat tastes saltier? I used normal salt rather than my more usual kosher, which ends up with less salt content per unit of volume.
Of course, the failure makes me want to try even harder. I’ll try white no-knead next. And if that doesn’t work (and at some point even if it does), I’ll knead. But I will have bread. I will!
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