I enjoy making bread by hand. There's something satisfying about kneading the dough and the time and effort the whole process takes. But then again there are times I wish I could snap my fingers and have whatever I want. This was easy as three snaps, maybe four...okay five snaps. I found a recipe specifically for a breadmaker. It was suspiciously easy. All you have to do is put the ingredients in the breadmaker in a particular order per the breadmaker directions. Then press start...
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups water
4 tablespoons Grade A maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
I closely followed the directions of the breadmaker instruction manual. Specifically this important diagram:
I thought my perfect execution of the diagram paid off. The bread was rising beautifully. It was fluffy and big. But right as it started to bake the bread, it sunk in the middle. I have no idea why. I felt like a bread making failure.
I came to my senses once I realized it wasn't my fault. I did everything right. I put the ingredients in correctly. I followed the diagram. I closed the lid tightly. I even talked to the bread as it was rising. Encouraging it to get big and fluffy. But my efforts failed. It was out of my control. Bad breadmaker, BAD! So once it was finished baking, I sliced a piece of bread and toasted it. I buttered it with tears rolling down my eyes. At that moment I made a promise to myself to only ever make bread by hand.
If you look closely you can see my tears