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 !!