It’s the first day of the second month of this year and as usual I seem to have missed a bread baking deadline I set for myself. Missing these blog related deadlines seems to be happening a lot to me, these days, and I really need to organize things better so that it doesn’t become the norm rather than the exception!
I have valid excuses for all this (who doesn’t?) but that doesn’t change much. I don’t usually commit to do something if I know I cannot see it through and am very uncomfortable if I cannot meet deadlines (even unimportant ones) I set for myself.
One such commitment I made to myself was by joining the HBin5/ ABin5 group to bake my way through the breads in the book. As I mentioned before, this group is very flexible about what we bake, when we bake or even if do not bake at all!
Nor was it going to make the slightest difference to anything in the general scheme of things if I didn’t keep to this deadline. Last time I just managed to miss it, so this time I promised myself I would have it done on time.
The plan was to make the 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread dough (page 76 of ABin5) and use this dough to make one or all (or even some other bread) of a sandwich loaf, hamburger buns or hotdog rolls and an apple strudel loaf.
So about 5 days ago, I mixed up the dough and put it in the fridge. I would go to bed every night with plans to bake bread the next morning but that never happened, till yesterday when I discovered I would be missing my self-set deadline if I didn’t do something about the whole wheat dough in my fridge!
So I decided I would limit myself to making the burger buns and the exotic sounding apple strudel loaf.
That’s when I discovered that my ABin5 didn’t have a recipe for the apple strudel loaf. A chance conversation with Renée ( a friend, fellow food blogger and HBin5 bread baker) on Twitter ended with her mailing me the recipe from her copy of HBin5.
I still had over half the day to bake my bread and I had some very creative ideas to be “different” with my apple strudel loaf. I got to work with the dough and the buns were easy enough to shape.
All the excitement brought about by the “last-minuteness” of my bread baking effort made me forget that I had halved the original recipe and should have adjusted the baking time accordingly! I also forgot to sprinkle sesame seeds on my burger buns before putting them into the oven
Despite all my near disasters, one thing that shined through this baking effort was the recipe for the 100% Whole Wheat bread.
This dough is sweetened with honey and even though they were slightly dense, the burger buns were very soft and tasty. I am the only one in my home who likes whole wheat bread (or healthy bread as my daughter refers to it) but this one was a hit.
I’m not sure I would attempt the apple strudel loaf again. I had no problems with “wet” spots from the apple that many fellow bakers and and my bread baked into a somewhat cake-like but chewy bread dotted with fruit and walnuts.
While these lent a nice apple strudel flavour to the bread, I think I prefer my bread to be just bread and the apples in a real strudel. This is just a matter of personal preference, because my mother liked this bread while my daughter took a look at it and refused it.
I am not posting the recipes for copyright reasons as we are baking our way through the book, so I’ll just leave you with this account of my kitchen adventures until my next set of ABin5 breads.