Small Thoughts From the Kitchen – The Wonders of the Internet

Small Thoughts From the Kitchen – The Wonders of the Internet

May 20, 2023 0 By admin

Having found a bread recipe that actually works for me, I began to wonder – what makes some recipes work for some cooks but not for others? I recently I felt the urge to make Sourdough bread and so looked for recipes online (as you do). I found an excellent site with lots of recipes and so spent heaps of time scrolling through those on offer. Immediately found that buy sourdough starter sourdough bread needs a starter. What? Okay, I’ll make the starter. Hmmm. Followed the directions, but as this process takes 4 days and it has to ‘smell’ right, I wasn’t sure if I was doing the right thing. Still, after the 4 days, I used the starter, made the bread and, Hey Presto! I had a lovely loaf.

Then one day I went back online and found another starter recipe, video this time, which doesn’t use yeast as it said that yeast can be found in the flour and the air so I tried that one too. Which worked, but not nearly as well as the first one I found. Guess which one I’ll be using next time? Following on from this, having experienced problems with my bread-maker bread not rising, which I decided was because the machine is so old it’s given up the ghost, and wanting to make just an ordinary white loaf, back online I went again. There I found a recipe by a well known English cook, which claimed that you didn’t have to knead your dough for more than 3 minutes.

Oh yeah? Well, you guessed it, I gave it a go. BRIL-LI-ANT! It takes only flour, salt, sugar, yeast and water, the same as most other bread recipes, but what a difference! I set to with slightly nervous enthusiasm, kneaded for the required 3 minutes then put into a cling film covered bowl, followed directions until at the end of less than 4 hours I had bread that had risen beautifully, looked great and more importantly, tasted even better. Boy, I was on a roll and so made a no knead brown bread from another recipe by this same cook. Ah. – Think I must have followed this recipe too closely, or something, as it virtually didn’t rise at all and wasn’t anywhere near as smooth as it should have been. My other half ate it as he hates waste as much as I do, but it certainly didn’t inspire me in any way. Still, I’ll give the recipe another chance when I buy some more wholemeal flour, but it brings me back to my earlier question, –