Bread Trials, Episode 2

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So for this session of the brown bread trials I went to the master of Irish country cooking, Darina Allen. I also took some license with the recipe.
The recipe called for 5 ( yikes) cups of whole wheat flour and 4 (really?) cups of white flour. I couldn’t use my mixer because it doesn’t all fit in bowl. Anyway, I subbed in 2 cups of wheat germ for 2 cups of the whole wheat flour and added 1/4 cup of molasses. The rest of the ingredients were sLt, baking soda and 3 3/4 cups of buttermilk.

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As expected the dough ball is ginormous! Holy cow!
I popped it into a greased pan and into a 450 degree oven and 45 minutes later got this GIANT loaf of wheaten bread.

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AND THEN SOMETHING WENT VERY WRONG….namely, when you have a giant dough ball, break it down into two smaller loaves. That way it will actually BAKE instead of just having a molten core that looks like magma from the black and white edition of “Journey to the Center of the a Earth”.
Lesson learned.
p.s. Taste, not so good.


3 comments

  1. Even Marie Curie had to occasionally go back to the drawing board.The loaf was pressed into service to repel the saxons storming the castle. It produced serious denting on the side of a helmet. LOL.

  2. OK…I have to tell you, having spent a month trying to perfect a recipe, similar to your story on Brown Bread, this depiction had my husband and I laughing out loud. Can’t tell you how many times I have started with a goal to make the perfect “….” and ended up with…what the heck happened. Some time I will tell you about my goal to make everyone of our friends and family homemade pralines for Christmas after a trip to Louisiana and ended up giving everyone mason jars of Praline “ice cream” topping instead…..tasted delicious…needless to say, not pretty on a cookie plate.

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    • So fun! Remind me to tell you the story of the Christmas ” boxes”. My husband came out to the kitchen at 2 am to send me to bed!


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