ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA: the Patron Saint of Bakers.
ST. PETER: Patron Saint of Bakers...
I need them all, I need all the help I can get in the art of making of bread..
a week or so ago, dutch husband bought me a bread maker (and a coffee maker, but that in itself is a whole other story!). he bought it so that I could satisfy my whim of making the home-made bread that I craved after staying at the haunted farmhouse, while visiting my son.
the bread making machine sat in all its glory on my bench until I found the courage to at least go and buy a pkt of pre-mix to get me started and I quickly read through the instructions.. thinking to myself that this cannot be too hard. everyone bakes bread, don't they? I mean it is not rocket science and you don't need a University degree do you?
friends were telling me they had a loaf baking at that very minute. their homes smelling delicious with the smell of home made bread.. I carefully, oh so carefully measured the water and pre-mixed flour. adding the yeast in the little pocket as instructed. pressing the start button four times for the french bread setting as suggested. and it started.. whirring and clicking happily away. while I envisioned fresh bread, organic butter and sylvanberry jam.
peering periodically into the little window on the bread maker. I could see it rising and rising.. until it started escaping over the edge of the bread pan, acting very much like a Triffid. I quickly grabbed the instruction manual as I raced up the hallway thinking I was being chased by a triffid or even worse, The Blob and it was clearly stated that 'anyone baking in 'high altitudes' above 700ft, should use less yeast.' You see, yeast rises faster at those altitudes. and surprisingly, Woodford is in a high altitude.. I was thinking more along the lines of the Swiss Alps or Mt.Everest.. not simple little Woodford.
the bread came out looking about as lopsided as the Pisa muffins... I am not a bread-maker and I think the bread makers should be deemed Blessed.. are you a bread-maker or a bread-eater?