I suppose that my beginner’s luck in Daring Bakers was bound to run out at some point, and with my third challenge under my belt I am now batting .667. I really didn’t think that I’d hit a wall with bread, either. Somewhat disappointing, to be completely honest! The recipe this month was Tender Potato Bread, chosen by the wonderful Tanna at My Kitchen In Half Cups.
Since I didn’t make the bread until the weekend before Thanksgiving, I had already heard about some of the difficulties that other Daring Bakers had working with this dough. Having been very successful in the bread-making department (and perhaps too cocky?) I wasn’t worried when I began making this bread. However, I quickly realized that I was not immune to a bread-baking disaster as I tried and tried to make the softest, most lifeless dough work for me. Calling this a “soft” dough is a major understatement. It was very difficult for me to knead and I ended up having to use an insane amount of flour.
We were given the option of making this recipe into any variation of loaves, focaccia, or rolls. Since I was attempting this the weekend before Thanksgiving, my plan was to make all rolls and take them to my mom’s and my in-law’s for dinner. The bread universe had other plans, apparently. When I went to shape the-most-difficult-dough-ever into rolls I had a very hard time. The dough continued to be lifeless and soft, as well as very sticky. As a result, I kept adding more flour, which most likely caused the horrid results. I was pretty convinced at this point that these may not turn out all that great.
Twenty minutes later, I took my rolls out of the oven and held my breath. Nick and I both took a bite and immediately decided that the rolls would have to meet an untimely death. They just flat out were not good. They were incredibly dense, and didn’t have much flavor. We pitched them and, hanging my head in shame, I had to report to my mom and mother-in-law that my rolls were a bust and would not be gracing their Thanksgiving tables. I did take a couple of pictures of the rolls before they met their grave – here is the result:
Ah, such is the life of a Daring Baker! They can’t all be successes, or else we wouldn’t be learning! Check out everyone else’s Potato Bread at the Daring Bakers’ Blogroll. I can’t wait to see what December brings!