Saturday, February 20, 2010

Partybrot yeast party

this is my rendition of German partybrot. i tried this out from amanda's cookin. it had really simple ingredients (i didn't have any poppyseeds though...). in addition, i'm a yeast newbie so i figured i should just jump in and try using those living little thingys. and boy did i not do this right. it didn't dissolve all the way, my dough didn't rise the first time or the 2nd time:( but the bread still tastes good (really dense, not sure if that's the idea). perfect with some jam. so maybe yeast isn't my thing. but i'll come back to it some day. and i might try brown sugar to get a more molassesy flavor.

just in case you really miss me i may not be updating too often. my laptop ate a virus on friday and it's still up in the air whether or not it'll come back to me in one piece. so hopefully i can get some updates in every so often. happy late night eating (i realized this is my first late night cooking!)


Amanda said...

So sorry yours didn't rise! It actually looks really good! If the milk was too warm or worse yet, hot, it will kill the yeast. Another problem, though not as commonplace these days, is that your yeast may have been expired. Always be sure to check the expiration date on the package. If that wasn't it, be sure that the liquid that you add your yeast to is warm, warmer than room temp, but not as warm as a child's bath. If you have a candy thermometer, you want to shoot for a temp of 105-115, 110 being ideal. As for the yeast dissolving, I had to stir mine quite a bit after the five minutes to get it to dissolve, and even then it doesn't really dissolve completely.

I hope you won't give up! :)

Anonymous said...

that's a nice hint... but the photo looks so good... yay for you... so hungry