Welp...If you're here from the socials, please read Part 1. Video link below
I honestly can't figure out how to reply to comments on this Shopify Blog, but thank you all for the emails and comments of support on Part 1.
I had no idea it took two days to bake a freakin' loaf of bread. I felt like a new mom doting over her newborn baby. I followed the instructions online to the letter however things went horribly wrong.
I used my bread scraping/ folding tool and carefully placed her in fancy new bread proofing basket. I set timers for the 4 folds that are required, I let her chill out in the fridge overnight but she fell hard. That's when I improvised.
I wet my hands and re-kneaded it to try and let her rise again. I don't think I was supposed to do that. I probably should have started over, but I was committed and all-in at this point.
She rose a little bit and I finally couldn't wait anymore. I preheated my Dutch oven and baked the bitch. She looked ok while cooking and even stayed slightly fluffy. The house smelled amazing and I was convinced I made bread.
In Narrator Voice: She in fact did not make the perfect loaf of bread...she made a brick of bread.
I pulled Sad Sally out of the oven and as she cooled, she just kept getting harder and harder. I was still cautiously optimistic or maybe delusional but I thought the inside would be soft.
If you haven't seen the video yet of me slicing the backbreaking brick of bread, please check our socials. I can't figure out how to imbed a video into this blog.
I sliced a few slabs of stone and spread peanut butter on them thinking these would make great dog biscuits, and even Alice, my Golden (who eats anything) looked at me offended. She took it outside and buried it. I was dead and Joe and I laughed so hard! This was a two-day, $150 inedible kitchen disaster.
Not to be defeated, I started a new batch yesterday. This loaf had a great crust but was still a little flat. I made dinner rolls too which turned out great!
Here is my takeaway. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the daily bullshit. I think it is important to step away and bake a Sally Shit Show. I didn't think about business all weekend and had so much fun learning this new hobby. My husband and I laughed until we had tears. He says it reminded him of the time I tried to make Eggplant Parmesan early in our marriage. 25 years later and that meal still holds space in his head! :)
Thank you all again for following me on this bread journey. I'm super excited for the coming week and feel refreshed and ready to dominate the world of scent and flame!
Oh...Because I drank about 17 pots of coffee while baking this bread brick, this weeks' sale item will be $10 coffee mugs. Use coupon code Sally at checkout for $5.00 off all mugs.