Wednesday, March 31, 2010

100% Sourdough Rye (BBA Challenge)

From this day forward, no one will be permitted to call me a quitter. A feet-dragger maybe, but never a quitter. I absolutely DID NOT want to make this 100% sourdough rye bread from the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge, but because I cannot stand being called a quitter, I finally tackled the project. Because I am also an avid future predictor, I knew I'd hate this bread and once again I was correct in my prediction.

I'll make this as brief and as painless as possible for you all. Here are my starter and soaker. So far so good.
Proofing went fairly well, I thought. Perhaps I was wrong all along. Maybe this will turn out after all.

Ahh.... here's where the truth shall set me free and reaffirm my suspicion that this bread was doomed. Here's a shot of my loaf of brain before I put it in the oven.

And here's the finished product.

The obligatory crumb shot.

And here's how I served it.

35 comments:

Moogie said...

Mags... you are so funny.

I haven't been visiting for a while. So here I am... What's new?

Pam said...

Hey, that's how I serve my bread failures too.

Lyndsey said...

You are so funny, but not a quitter! I was going to say I'm impressed with all you bakers! I tried the Healthy Bread in 5 minutes a Day. Ha! It looked easy enough, I saw several other first time bread bakers turn out beautiful. Mine, it didn't streach like they showed, in didn't raise, almost looked like yours. I even tried the white, bread intead of whole grain. Same thing, fail! I could feed it to the bird, because my dog would eat it!

Nice post though! Haha!

misterrios said...

Ouch! No, that brain- I mean bread- does not look right! Too bad about the bread, but great for your record of predicting the future!

Did you try the bread? Did it at least taste good?

(By the way, do you choose these word verifications yourself? They're totally your style- I'm just about ready to type "corstikx"!)

Laurie said...

You are definitely not a quitter. Sour dough is my absolute favourite bread ... but I've never made it myself. Too daunting and too much time involved. Good on ya for trying Mags! You are a more patient woman than I!! :)

msmeanie said...

Interesting. I guess I'm not expert enough to tell what a bread failure looks like, but actually it looked not bad to me. At least you are good at predicting failures, so you can stop before it's too late.

June said...

Oh you made me laugh again. Bet the birds are happy (birping rye). We Canadians like our rye better in whiskey. I suggest a shot of it may make you feel better. LOLOL

Frieda said...

Bread for the birds....gotta love it! I'm glad you're not a quitter. As for me....I....uh....well....I'll get back on the bandwagon!

Rosemary & Garlic said...

And now you can move on. Put the playdough loaf behind you.

Linda said...

Too funny!

Abby said...

Haha! Love the bread brain! I'm impressed that yours proofed so well! I thought this one was just too weird . . . although we did manage to eat most of it. =)

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

That's hilarious! At least you still have a sense of humor. You're a trooper, but now you're back in the game and keep moving forward.

Julie said...

Love reading your posts!! Bet the birds were happy!!!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Sorry to see your bread didn't turn out as you had wanted... I'm sure the birds enjoyed it :)

comfycook said...

I would pick up the pieces you shared outside.

You stuck with it, even when were sure, it was not going to turn out. That speaks loads about you and your spirit of adventure.

SallyBR said...

Way too funny! Loved the last shot, I should have done that with my "bread" :-)

Congratulations, you hit the bottom of the dark yeasty well, from now on, it's up and up and up!

From the Kitchen said...

This is so funny! Surely you ate some. Once, long ago, I had sourdough starter. I found myself becoming a "starter" sitter. I had to get a sitter when we left town. It started taking over my refrigerator. That was in a Texas town without good bread. Fortunately we now live in the Chicago area with good bread all around.

Enjoyed visiting your blog.

Best,
Bonnie

From the Kitchen said...

Just saw your comment re being a "bread whore" on another blog. I'd like to sign my husband up for your counseling group if you find one!!

Best,
Bonnie

From the Kitchen said...

It's me again. I see you live in Indiana. So do we. Fortunately we are just south of Chicago and BREAD! I may be repeating myself but that's nothing new.

Best,
Bonnie

Phoo-D said...

Lol, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who had trouble with this bread. Mine wasn't even fit for the birds!

Kelly said...

Hey, at least yours rose. Mine were bread torpedos. Literally. You could have used them for torpedos - they would have caused massive collateral damage. Mine were also served to the birds. I hope I didn't kill any of them...

Hang it there. I hear it gets better from here out. Looks like I'm right at the same spot as you are, so I'll wish us both luck!

Debbie said...

At least you tried!!! I haven't even gotten that far yet!

Karen said...

Haha... love it. I hope the birds loved it, too ;)

Cindy said...

You continue to crack me up! I love the loaf of "brain". I can not for the life of me figure out what went wrong but i would dearly like to know what happened. That is a mystery.
PS Find any dead birds on your lawn the next day?

Kathleen said...

YOU ARE WAY TO FUNNY!!!

Cottage Cozy said...

Thanks so much for participating in my "Secret Number Giveaway"...so sorry you did not win...the lucky number was #16...but it was fun!

Hope you have a lovely Easter Celebration!

stephchows said...

I bet the squirrels loved it!

http://cinderskitchen.blogspot.com/ said...

You are hilarious! I love how you served it!!!(as I'm giggling)

Cindy

A Year on the Grill said...

Oh my!!!

Love the post, but as someone behind on the challenge, heading towards this bread... any idea what happened, any idea what you should have done???

Jane said...

Wow, Mags! I didn't even know there was a BBA group out there. You people must be pretty darn brave, that's all I have to say. At home, I have never yet tried a bread that required a starter of any kind. I wouldn't even have known if that dough of yours looked the right way or not. I love how honest you were in your post about your expectations for it (that you knew you "hate it") and about how it turned out. You are a bread-baking warrior!

Mags said...

As always, thank you all so much for commenting. And you even take the time to comment on my failures. I'm touched!

I have no idea what I did wrong. I only know that I will never try this recipe again.

Nanan said...

I love how you served the bread!

ap269 said...

Hmm, I don't really think it looks that bad. I guess, the birds were happy, at least. As for me, this bread even made it into my top 10!

Carla and Michael said...

That was just too darned funny. I can't even hold a straight face as I typep this. I will giggle all afternoon now. Thanks for putting a great big grin on my face.
Carla

Anonymous said...

You may just have given up too soon. There are many ways to use failed bread, and turning it into a slightly alcoholic drink might have brightened your day:

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