dinsdag 18 maart 2008

It's all about the flour...















Well, there was supposed to be the March bread of the Bread Baking Babes here :
CAROL FIELDS' COCCODRILLO


But there is not !

I tryed to fight the crocodillo but it almost killed me.

And why ?

Because that very wet dough drowned my flour.

Again ..why ?

Let me try to explane :

It's all about the flour !

Really , no excuse , but it is.

Our Dutch flour isn't as strong as they use in..lets say the USA . Or France.

It simply does not have the high amount of gluten .

And we have a lack of sorts of flour here.

Flour is flour and thats it.

But it doesn't have enough gluten.

It's simply not strong enough to hold a...crocodile.

And then there is my flour : I mill my own grain, become wholewheat or sift it when I need white flour . Great ! And all without pesticides and so , because I only use organic. No poisons in my bread.

But ,as I found out, also not as many strenght as usual flour.I always put in less water than the recipe askes for.And a little gluten if needed. But I can live with that. And I do bake like that for years now.

And yes, that's where it went wrong . This Croc-bread asked for 107 % water (!!!!)

My beloved flour became a fluid dough, to wet and weak ( and by far not enough gluten ) to hold a croc.


























See how it dripped of my KitchenAid ? Almost horror...

It dripped from my countertop too, right on to the floor .

Adding more flour, (I did , but it needed scoops and scoops) was not an option because it would change the recipe too mutch and my croc would turn in to a Ciabatta or something like that.

So...I stopped.Trying to find other flour was also no option, I want to bake with my own stuff.

And that reached the border : this bread was over the top for me.

But I learned a lot and we had lots of fun at BBB's . I also learned a lot of new curses and bad languages in Englisch : Boy, did we all fight that Crocodile !


So , if you want to see what a real Coccodrillo looks like, how my BBB-sisters managed to do it or if you want the recipe , be a BBB-buddy and bake this monster with us , please see our kitchen - of - the - month at Lien Notitie van Lien (Lien), or the other Bread Baking Babes that have battled this coccodrillo and post about it :Bake My Day (Karen), Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn), I like to cook (Sara), Lucullian Delights (Ilva), My Kitchen in Half Cups (Tanna), The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick), Thyme of Cooking (Katie)and What Did You Eat (Sher)

I wish you all the luck with this bread, you'll need it !
But they say it's worth it !!

6 opmerkingen:

görel zei

I almost gave up on my second crocodile which turned out very difficult to tame. But my sister, who was there at the time, ordered me to continue, and as she is the older one, I obeyed! Hadn't she been there, I would thrown everything in the compost ...

Baking Soda zei

You were so brave, battled the croc and survived the wiser!

breadchick zei

Yikes! Sounds like you needed a bucket for your dough. But, you battled, survived with a few bites and have lived to tell tale.

I loved how this recipe really brought out the differences in the flour we all use.

MyKitchenInHalfCups zei

Yes, I'm glad you survived the croc, lived to tell the tale, made your travel to that unnamed place, and will battle and laugh with us again.

ostwestwind zei

You are so right about the flour, but if you have the right flour it is a children's play. Believe me I know what you are talking about.

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Lien zei

Even your suit in armor was no help to this flour in the croc! You made me laugh so much! Ah well you can't win them all, you tried and one day you'll tame your croc, I'm sure. Hope the next one is somewhat easier!!