Thursday, October 17, 2013
Bread Baking and Salt
I have been baking bread for years now, at least several loaves every other weekend. I’m to the point I don’t look at a recipe anymore it’s simply memorized.
Last week I baked two loaves and as always have to try a piece of warm from the oven bread! Something wasn’t right about the taste, it kind of tasted like it was just flour and water baked. A very flat taste.
Hmmm what went wrong???
I do stage all the ingredients on the kitchen counter-top first, then measure and add to the mix. Then I remembered; I forgot the salt! The recipe calls for one teaspoon of salt per loaf and this little bit of salt makes an unbelievable difference in the taste of bread.
I baked two more loaves yesterday making sure I had the salt added and sure enough the taste was back to normal!
Moral of the story:
Always have the recipe in front of you as this could have been disastrous if I were canning 70 quarts of meat and left an ingredient out that was key to flavor.