Well I am happy to report that round two of my final project was successful! My original plan was to make bread for my family Easter, but unfortunately, I did not get up in time. In addition, my Dad was making a turkey in the oven, therefore there was no room for my bread! Because of this, I started making bread as soon as our Easter supper was over. As I began, my family made the following comments:
“Shayla, you do realize that is not going to rise, right?” -Grandma
“Wow, you’re just starting that now? Are you planning on staying up all night?” -Auntie Sharon
“When I make bread, I get up at 4 am and it takes me all day.” -Auntie Sharon
“Maybe you should just take pictures from the internet and pretend you made it. That would take you a lot less time.” -Auntie Sharon
“Oh you’re making Cardomom bread? I hate Cardomom.” -Grandma
“Why aren’t you making raison bread? I really like raison bread…” -Uncle Kenny
As you can imagine, none of these things are reassuring. I had not even added the flour and my family was already convinced that my bread was not going to turn out. Not only that, but they were already coming up with back up plans of faking my success in preparation for my failure. After what seemed like hours of these negative comments, my Auntie and Grandma came into the kitchen and finally started to give me some very helpful advice. When I asked my Grandma why she didn’t think it was going to rise, she gave me information that I wish I would have had much earlier. She said, “it’s too cold in here. Bread does not rise unless it is warm.” WHAT!! This is news to me! Then, my Auntie told me to warm up the oven, turn the light on, cover it, and let it rise. This was quite literally the most helpful advice I have ever received. The dough rose beautifully, and made such a difference! I am amazed that I was even able to make bread before knowing this. The fact that I ever got anything to rise is an absolute miracle! Even though the internet is helpful, there is no better advice than from a real live person who has made hundreds of loaves of bread in their lifetime.
My bread didn’t look as pretty due to my lack of braiding skills, but it still tasted great! I found braiding to be much easier the second time, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Considering I had basically no experience in this before hand, I am very happy with the progress I have made. I began with making a very simplistic Amish White Bread, then I moved my way up from there. I started out very simple, and move to some more complex recipes that involved more ingredients. I set aside about eight hours per bread experience. Some took longer, others took less time. Within that time, I included the time spent grocery shopping, searching for recipes, making the bread, and blogging about it. Here are some of the main things I have learned from this experience:
- How to make yeast rise
- How to knead bread
- How to make dough rise
- The importance of flour
- Which aisles things are located in at the grocery store
- To summarize, I learned how to make a variety of bread!
All in all, I am very happy with my learning project! I had a lot of fun doing it, and I feel like I learned a lot about something that I probably never would have tried otherwise. I also learned how to add pictures to my blog, and how to make a slideshow gallery! In addition, I learned how to add videos to youtube, and how to speed them up! This project has taught me a variety of skills that will benefit me in the future! I have come a long way in four months, and with practice, I know I will only get better! Here are some photos of my final project!