My debut bread-making experience
I'm sure I've said it before; I'm a kitchen appliance hoarder. I love the idea of having all the gizmos and gadgets for the kitchen, from the often used microwave through to the very rarely — if ever — used waffle maker. My most recent addition to my appliance clan was my bread maker.
The bread maker was a second-hand addition to the family. I picked up what must be nearly six months ago, and then ran out of time and left it sitting under the bench. But then the summer holidays rolled around and I thought, if I'm ever going to get into the habit of making bread and using these appliances I've collected, now's the time to get stuck in.
So a couple of days ago, I checked the pantry for all the right ingredients to make wholemeal bread, and away I went. My sister, Briar, has been baking her own bread for a long time now, and she's always told me that her bread maker bakes a loaf in three hours. With that number in mind, I started my bread-making journey at 4.30pm. However, I soon discovered that my bread maker is different to Briar's and would instead produce a loaf in no less than five hours. Not such a drama in the end as it meant we had fresh bread for toast the next morning.
I followed the recipe precisely, because at the moment, that's the kind of cook I am. I layered everything into the pan in the order I was asked to, locked it into the machine, closed the lid, pressed start, and away it went.
Once the machine hit the three hours to go mark, it started to make some pretty clunky noises. I've never heard Briar's machine make those noises before so obviously I started to panic. Every time it clunked, I'd ask Zak if it was OK, and he'd just roll his eyes and tell me to calm down. So calm down I did, and the noises eventually subsided.
The resulting bread turned out quite pretty, but we're not convinced on the recipe I used as it made the bread quite sweet, and more the texture of cake. So this time I'll attempt a good ol' white loaf and see how that turns out. Trial and error is the key to bread-making success! I'm still pretty happy with this one, but keen to see how my future trials come out! Wish me luck!