Kitchen Woes...  

demonicsexkitten 41F
7227 posts
5/20/2006 4:01 pm

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Kitchen Woes...


OK... I suck. Umm... *blush* nevermind.

I can't make a loaf of bread to save my life. when i bake stuff... i always follow the recipes exactly. But wierd stuff happens. Once made a cake, measured everything perfectly, directions to a T, was supposed to make one 9" double layer cake. What did I get? 2 9" double layer cakes, a dozen cupcakes, and enough frosting for all the above plus ended up dumping half. Made bread today. Recipe was supposed to make 2 loaves. So that's what I did. But apparently I should have turned it into 3. or 4. And now they're barely edible. The top half is perfect, though almost a hint too "golden brown" on top. the bottom half? doughy. Somebody suggested I should have let them raise more before baking, but they were already overflowing the pans. I can make pita bread. I can make the fancy 1/4 inch thick 8-12 layer egyptian bread (fatera). But a plain, simple loaf of white bread?!?... forget it!!

This was my adventure of the day. Next time I'll just go to the store. (And no, I don't own a bread machine. Would probly be easier though).

rm_yukonpaul 51M
1120 posts
5/21/2006 3:21 am

I microwave everything!


demonicsexkitten replies on 5/21/2006 9:05 am:
i prefer using mine during the week. hate cooking if i have anything else to do.

demonicsexkitten 41F
10671 posts
5/21/2006 8:51 am

*blush* well: the embarressing thing is that, now i've posted this... i called and discussed what happened with mom. turns out it IS entirely my own fault lol.

I didn't follow the directions exactly. I thought the recipe sounded like it had way too much salt, so I put a little less in. Apparently: you put sugar into the recipe to feed the yeast and make it rise. Salt slows down the rate at which it grows. Don't put enough salt: you get my bread. At least she didn't laugh too hard.


puntachueca 105M

5/21/2006 8:57 pm

Recipes? Like who can understand them? Somewhere along the way someone forgot to teach me about what the difference was between a tablespoon and a teaspoon (the spoons are on the table right? and who drinks tea) what a "pinch" was...and a whole lot of terminology our mothers were supposed to teach us.
Then there's the altitude thing.
I learn by going into restaurant kitchens and watching and taking notes. Can't bake bread but can make great camarones mojo del ajo.


demonicsexkitten replies on 5/21/2006 10:29 pm:
there are a couple restaurants i wish i'd done that (gone into kitchen and take notes--or at least ask the chef to write down the directions). One greek restaurant in vancouver BC, and a couple restaurants in Cairo.

KMA5 40M
771 posts
5/22/2006 3:22 am

At least you keep trying, Charlene Brown I was about to suggest sticking to the unleavened pastries but it sounds like you found your mistake. Looking forward to hearing about the new baking events, Tips


demonicsexkitten replies on 5/22/2006 4:37 am:
yet still, i'm getting closer and closer. until i was shown by a yemeni friend to make pita bread... i was never able to make bread at all. mom tried teaching me all my life but my hands were always too hot. quite a disadvantage in many things. that's why i was so hopeful to surprise her with a perfect loaf of bread lol.

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
5/22/2006 3:53 pm

Would you send me the recipe for the pita bread? Pretty please?

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


Guy1378Fox 45M

5/23/2006 7:34 am

I have come across a few recopies that had problems with them. repeated attempts showed that the problem was with the recipe. I did eventually figure out how to fix the problems. At this point, I think I have made adaptations to most, if not all, of the recopies that I use. Some things I figures out with experience. There have been a few that I had to ask for help with.
Also, there is one thing that I have never managed to have turn or correctly. I can cook anything but rice. It seems no matter what I do, it always comes out crunchy. (So, I no longer make rice.)
Good luck with the bread.


demonicsexkitten replies on 5/23/2006 1:38 pm:
have you tried basmati rice? i made it once via microwave. i have no luck with lentils

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
5/23/2006 3:09 pm

    Quoting Guy1378Fox:
    I have come across a few recopies that had problems with them. repeated attempts showed that the problem was with the recipe. I did eventually figure out how to fix the problems. At this point, I think I have made adaptations to most, if not all, of the recopies that I use. Some things I figures out with experience. There have been a few that I had to ask for help with.
    Also, there is one thing that I have never managed to have turn or correctly. I can cook anything but rice. It seems no matter what I do, it always comes out crunchy. (So, I no longer make rice.)
    Good luck with the bread.
For medium-grain rice (the most veratile), the proportions are 1.5 cupsof water for every cup of rice, this is assuming you use the real thing, not the parboiled or precooked stuff. Cook over medium-high heat until most of the water has boiled off, then cover and let it steam itself over low heat until done.

To cook lentils and any other type of peas or beans, the trick is to NOT add salt until the beans are tender, otherwise they'll never cook through. I like to use a pressure cooker, less time and water needed.

Damn, I'm getting hungry... anyone for spicy fried fish and coconut rice with a side of sweet plantains? Maybe some cole slaw, too...

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


demonicsexkitten replies on 5/23/2006 4:42 pm:
coconut rice sounds yummy not much into fish.

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