I said when I started this blog that I would write about my successes and my failures. Well, here you go. I feel like a bread making failure. I currently have a loaf of bread hard as a rock stuck in my bread pan, and just had to throw out my sourdough starter that I have been babying for two weeks.
I am determined to make bread. The old fashioned kind. Bread made with just flour, salt, water, and the sourdough starter. There are tons of recipes and blogs for this, so it shouldn’t be that hard, right? Apparently it is hard for me. The dough never seems to be the right texture. Is that enough water, enough flour? How did my starter get full of fruit flies when I had it covered good? Where in the world did all those flies come from? How do you get a brick of bread out of your non stick bread pan without using a knife on it?
That is part of life, and especially life on a farm. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get things right the first time, all the time! What did Thomas Edison say? “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” The past two weeks I have found about 10 different ways to not make edible bread. I can however make cinnamon rolls and some mean pancakes out of sourdough starter. Here is the cinnamon roll recipe I used.
I don’t consider this experience a complete failure. Sure, I haven’t found my perfect sandwich bread recipe yet. But I will get there. I am going to take a break from bread making from sourdough starter. I’m not giving up. I just think I will wait until we have had a few good freezes and I don’t have to worry about fruit flies as much. Then, I will try again. If I don’t keep trying, I won’t get it right. In the mean time, I may try some dry yeast recipes or just buy my bread at the store. There are plenty of other fall recipes I can practice making.
Here is my message to the other homesteaders and homemakers out there. Keep Trying. Keep learning from your mistakes. Your not the only one struggling through. Isn’t it a great struggle though. What an amazing journey!