Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Distracted Cook does NOT bake the bread!

Our Daring Bakers Host for December 2011 was Jessica of My Recipe Project and she showed us how fun it is to create Sour Dough bread in our own kitchens! She provided us with Sour Dough recipes from Bread Matters by AndrewWhitley as well as delicious recipes to use our Sour Dough bread in from Tonia George’s Things on Toast and Canteen’s Great British Food!

The only problem is that The Distracted Cook could NOT get this to work. Things started off nicely enough. Here is what the starter looked like with the first "brew" of the rye flour and water.

 Working right through the rest of the days was a snap. UNTIL! On Day Four, after the long wait, the result was NOTHING! That's right - nothing! No bubbles, not a one. What could have happened?

Not to be undone, The Distracted Cook started Day Four over again. And this time, a bit better of a result. Here you can see what the bowl held:

It is a bit better than nothing, so on it is to Day Five and the actual making of the bread dough. Ha! Look what the end result was after all of this work:

Not exactly what you would hope to see in that pan. So, into the plastic bag it goes to "rise" and shine. Oh no, not this bread! No rising, no shining. After the recommended amount of rise time, this is what we got:

If you are thinking that there is not much difference, you are correct. What to do? Well, let's just put it in the oven and see what happens! Good idea? Yes and no.

This is what came out of the oven pretending to be a loaf of rye bread. The Distracted Cook knows when to "fold them" and so this will be the end of this challenge. Not even to completion. Somehow this does not look like it will end up being a part of another dish. Sometimes you just have to admit that it didn't work and that a smile is as good as a sandwich!

Want to join in a sandwich or a smile? It's real easy - just go to The Daring Kitchen and sign up to take on future challenges. You will have fun, learn a lot about recipes and yourself, and we will be able to compare results. Or celebrate victory. Or have the last laugh!


  1. What a shame! The dough in the tin looks very much as mine did, but mine deigned to rise before I put it in the oven. It seems like sourdough is a very fussy bread...

  2. rocksaltuk - I was really disappointed! It smelled right, it looked right - just didn't "do" right! I am going to try one of the other recipes and see if I have better luck. I have a starter that has been around and handed down a few times, so we'll see how that one goes!

  3. Karen,
    If this is any consolation to you, things of such especially in the baking department somehow always go the wrong way with me. I try and try, read and re-read the recipe hoping perhaps I missed a step, forgot an ingredient. Often not happy with the outcome I restart it all from scratch yet again and still no luck (or whatever it may be)

  4. Thanks Sofia! That does make the disappointment less painful. Guess it's time to start again - there is always hope for us!


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