I get more emails about breadbaking disasters than anything else. I’ve been making bread since I was a kid, so sometimes I wonder if I’m the best person to ask about making bread, but I do like to talk to people about bread and teach people to make bread. My main thing is making bread from scratch, by hand, not using a bread machine or stand mixer. I got this email yesterday, and it was of the most entertaining emails about bread I’ve gotten lately. I thought this email was hilarious–NOT in a bad way. In a cute way. I get a lot of email, so I really appreciated the humor here. I decided to share it because I’m not a big stand mixer bread baker and maybe some of you have better advice than I do.
I was beside myself to stumble across your website! I am a stay at home mom of two, plus we homeschool. I am always looking for ways to reduce our amount we spend at the grocery store! So you can imagine my sweet surprise when I saw you making everything from scratch! I was first interested in the Grandmother Bread recipe. My son is allergic to milk so I thought, “I’m a decent baker, I should be able to do this….plus I have a KA mixer…….This has not worked for me! First, my dough was very sticky, so I added more flour….well it didn’t rise all that well and tasted somewhat watered down. No big deal, nobody dies from the first batch not turning out right?….so next day, I mixed it all together with hook, and let it go for about 4 mins….well it went from not sticking to the bowl to being really sticky and back to being really wet…(almost as though I beat the gluten out) this loaf was awful tasting…..so today I tried again….(After I went to the grocery store and had to buy bread…..it was mocking me….so now it is ON!!!!) I haven’t gotten mine to rise as nicely as yours yet and I am desperate to do this for my family as well as others that have the same allergy issues!
Do you happen to have a video of you making a single loaf ?
I have made bread before, but always use the dare I say….bread machine….
Please help me……
I have every intention of coming to your farm for a workshop one day….hubs has already said that would be a great gift! I agree!
Thanks for your help
How cute is that? I just want to take away her stand mixer and hand her a bowl and a spoon.
I wrote Angel back:
Hello, Angel. I don’t have a video (yet). First, you need to just get rid of all the machinery. Learn to make bread by hand then you can use a machine (if you insist). You can find all my bread posts on my Grandmother Bread page:
Have you see the How to Make Bread post?
I do have a post here about making bread with a stand mixer, though I don’t recommend it for starting out. You need to learn to feel dough and get to know it before you try to use a machine, which separates you too much from the breadmaking process.
Any more/better advice out there? Help Angel!