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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Buttercup Yeast Bread

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Doesn't this look good?! It was so attractive when I saw it in a Taste of Home magazine from last year. This weekend I came across some ripe Butternut squashes, and I just had to make this recipe. I had never worked with squash before. Imagine my surprise when it was so difficult to cut. When I finally got it cut up and seeded, I got to work trying to peel it. It was terribly hard. Then I cooked it in the microwave until it was soft-that was the easy part. I started to combine all the ingredients as it said. Then I got to the flour part. 13 cups! Who keeps enough flour for that?! I added what I had, and then added cake flour... all of it. Then I managed to come up with some bread flour. "This is never going to turn out", I thought to myself. But I had gotten that far I couldn't just throw it out. I didn't have a vehicle to drive to the store, and even if I did I didn't have any money. A good tip for baking is first to read through a recipe before starting to make sure you have everything you need, and second know when to quit. I turned it out on to my counter, and tried to kneed it. I kept adding more and more bread flour, trying to make it not sticky. Oh, what a mess I made. That dough stuck to everything but itself. Finally I managed to form it into a ball. It rose the first time. Then I divided some of it into the two pans I had and left it to rise again as the recipe instructed. Not long after my husband came home from work and he had some things to do. I was so fed up with that stuff, but I wanted to finish it. I decided that it would be fine while we were gone. We ended up staying out most of the afternoon and eating out. When we got home........... you experienced bakers can probably imagine what I found............. it was everywhere. It had risen out of the pans and dripped all over the place. The dough that I had left in the bowl had risen to about 4 times its size and it looked like a balloon. The worst part was the smell. It was a fermented stomach turning smell. I could smell it outside. I thought, "I bet the neighbors think we're making our own beer or something". I cleaned it up enough that I could rest easy. But, the dishes met me this morning with a grim foreboding. Unfortunately, they are still there. I just couldn't think of how I was going to even start to fix that mess this morning. Thus far, it is the worst kitchen disaster of my culinary career, and I've had many. Oh, all that precious flour- wasted. Live and Learn.


Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

That reminds me of the one (and only) time I tried making rye bread.

It, too, was a big recipe and I let it rise IN THE OVEN (with just the pilot light on).

It certainly did rise and there was dough everywhere. It was such a mess. That was a very long time ago and I still can't bring myself to make a rye loaf. :)

Mandy said...

Oh, Bethanie, I love your post- that sounds just like something that would happen to me! I am always so determined to keep going until it is finished then I end up throwing it out anyway :) I will have to remember Rule #2!

Anonymous said...

Dear Bethanie;

First of all I commend you for trying this recipe. Making bread takes a bit of time. You know, I remember my first try at making bread from a magazine, boy that was something. I think the bread was used for a door stop, it was that hard.
But don't despair. Try again and this time take the time to read through the instructions and make sure you have everything in-house. If you see that it has too many ingredients, then maybe try that recipe at another time.
Happy baking!

Jen in MS said...

Oh my!!! Gosh, I usually had the opposite problem just trying to get my dough to rise enough when I first messed with yeast type breads! Wow, I can't imagine! And you had to throw it all away?

Martha A. said...

You didn't bake it still? You know, yeast smels not so good when it has risen too much, but it may have still been fine once you baked it! Hope it goes better next time!

Leigha said...

:) Sorry it didn't turn out, Bethanie! The picture looks lovely, though. Maybe you'll find an easier recipe to make with your squash. :)

Leigha said...

P.S. At least it did make for a funny post! :)

Bethanie said...

Brenda- thats what I did too. Now when I turn on my oven it smokes a bit.
Mandy- Hopefully, I'll remember it too.
Maria- thanks for the encouragement.
Jen- actually I was fed up with that stuff that it didn't occur to me to try and salvage it.
Martha- thanks for your comment & see my response to Jen.
Leigha- Isn't it funny how such messes can make for great blogging.

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