Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I will conquer you yet, yeast!

First off, so proud of my brownie and her pictures getting us attention. We're so not worthy of Cupcakes Take the Cake. LOVE THEM! Thanks guys. And Zach too! I was the one who discovered Midtown Lunch and quickly told EVERYONE in our old office. Some of you may be wondering why I have no pics. Well, I have no digital camera (edit-I do have my camera phone). It was on the list of 'Things to buy" but then I found myself unemployed. Once some lucky company/organization decides to take me on, I promise to go out and buy one. On with the show...


After my last failed experiment, I did some research on the effects of warmth and humidity on yeast. I probably shouldn't have chosen a cold and rainy day. In my defense, it was the first time I had ever opened a yeast packet. I have to learn somehow! So I waited until it was a bit warmer out, and drier. That happened a few days ago. The night before I took one of the frozen dough loaves out my freezer, placed it in the loaf pan for defrosting and hopefully rising. I was on such edges that I woke up at 2 and 4 in the morning to check my dough. I'm cuckoo like that. When I woke up in the morning, we had risen! Not as much as I'd like, but enough to make me smile. I preheated the oven, had some breakfast, went to move the loaf in the oven, and my slight movements managed to burst whatever yeast bubble inside! In seconds, we had deflated. Flat. Tears, people, tears and screams of "No! We were so well together!". I baked it just to have my apartment smell nice. Ate a few pieces with jam to soothe my soul. And damned yeast everywhere.

2 comments:

porcalina said...

Are you making sure that the water is at the proper temperature when you are adding it to the yeast? I always tried guessing that I had warm enough water and it never worked out. So I finally had to bust out the thermometer so I could be 100% positive of the water temp.

Blondie said...

That's what I think may be the problem with this batch, even though the yeast did bubble. After Easter, I am going to make another go at it. I may have to invest/borrow/steal a thermometer for experiment batch #2.