How do you spell catastrophe? I spell it: C-H-A-L-L-A!
I have to admit and bow my head in shame: I am not doing well with doughs like Challa or Striezel or Pinzen…
They just never seem to work out and always lose their shape to a formless mass. Don’t get me wrong they taste good tho but when I try to bake them they always come out looking like the ugliest thing on earth you have ever seen.
The newest quest of the ever gorgeous Bread Baking Babes was a nightmare for me – and again, I lost the battle!
First I was terrified when I read at Sara’s blog – who is serving as kitchen of the month – which bread she chose.
Then I thought: So what just give it a try. It might even work this time!
I braved myself into the kitchen and worked on the dough. First everything went smooth and I was happy. I halfed the recipe ’cause I am alone and figured two loaves of bread would be way too much for me to eat.
The dough rose lovely and was wonderful and mellow to work with. I braided the bread and left it in the kitchen to rise a second time just like Sara said I should do.
When I came back about 45 minutes later I was horrified: My lovely pretty shaped braided loaf was a bubbly mass just like someone sneaked into my kitchen and sat on it :/
I baked it tho because… well… what else should I have done with it? When it came out of the oven it smelled so good. Mmmmh, I tasted it and it was wonderful with some butter and honey!!
So I said to myself I’ll give it one more try. Maybe it was all my fault and I mixed something up with the cup measurings I am not too familiar with or got wrong when I divided the recipe.
I browsed through the Babe’s sites and found at Grain Doe the measurings in grams and ml.
Into my kitchen I went and gave it a second try. Well what shall I say?
It was not THE catastrophe it turned out the first time but it’s not too perfect either. To be honest I nearly completely skipped the second rising step. After braiding I just let it rest for about a few minutes until the oven was preheated to the needed baking temperature. Then in the oven it went.
The result? you can see it here:
I really do not know why my breads won’t hold their shape. The braids are almost gone again. But boy they are very tasty!!
Please go and look a t far more lovely breads at the Bread Baking Babes:
Notitie Von Lien (Lien), My Kitchen In Half-Cups (Tanna), Bake My Day (Karen), Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn),I like To Cook (Sara) , A Fridge Full Of Food..And Nothing To Eat (Glenna), Lucullian Delights (Ilva), Grain Doe (Gorel), The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick), Living On Bread And Water (Monique), Thyme For Cooking (Katie)