We’ve been talking about kitchen mishaps, mostly of the messy variety, around here lately. At Casa 1Sentence, we started telling a few more cooking stories, of different types of kitchen mishaps.
Um, more like the type where the food comes out … awful.
I promised Monkey (as my daughter is known around here) that I wouldn’t tell you about her recent baking mishap. Instead, I’ll just say that it is important to measure the ingredients very carefully when you are baking.
Not to worry, though. I have plenty of my own stories to share.
Once, when I was in grade school, I made chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips. I was quite proud that I had made them all by myself. We didn’t have a lot of peanut butter chips, so I cut the recipe in half. My inexperienced eye read the amount of salt required as half a cup, which I carefully halved to one quarter of a cup. Of salt.
You can imagine what the cookies tasted like!
I didn’t know what had happened, so I left them out on the counter thinking that when my mom got home she would help me figure it out.
My poor mother came home late, and saw these delicious-looking cookies on the counter. She took a big bite of one, and then got that terrible aftertaste. Of course, she was also rather thirsty! She finally realized the problem, and threw out all my hard work.
Apparently, I have a problem with salt.
When you bake bread, salt is a critical ingredient. Salt inhibits rising, so it is carefully balanced with the yeast to make the dough rise the right amount. It works perfectly, unless you forget to add salt to the dough! Which I did, just last year.
Oh no, I can’t blame this one on youthful inexperience. I have to blame it on the forgetfulness (and distractions) of middle age.
The dough never stopped rising. It was huge. And while it baked, it kept on rising. The bread was light and fluffy, for sure, but it tasted terrible. And no matter how long I baked it, it tasted under-cooked.
Lesson learned! Never leave out the salt when baking bread.
Today, I am going to bake some muffins for the kids to have for after-school snack. I’ll try to use just the right amount of salt.
I also enjoyed these stories from King Arthur’s Test Kitchen.