Gooooooooooooood morning! Brrrrr, it’s a cold one here in NC today. Might be time to bust out a coat!
Last night in food science lab was all about BREAD!
We made both quick breads (muffins) and yeast (aka regular) bread:
Some of the recipes were normal, and some were altered (no salt, too much salt, no stirring, too much stirring, no kneading, too much kneading) to show us differences in the final product.
Regarding the muffins, too little mixing gave them a denser, heavier texture. As the mixing increased, they became fluffier (to a point).
My group was assigned two types of yeast bread — one with no salt, and one with too much (3 teaspoons) salt.
Basically, both were gross! The no salt bread didn’t have any flavor, and the too much salt bread was too salty (obviously), as well as denser/flatter since too much salt will kill yeast.
(One of my partners kneading the dough.)
I’ve actually never made my own yeast bread before. I’m a huge fan of quick breads (muffins, sweet breads) as you know, but yeast scares me, and it just seems really time consuming and annoying to make normal bread when I can just buy it, to be honest. Can anyone convince me why I should try to make my own yeast bread? :)
My team was also assigned some fun science experiments — basically, seeing if gas production was faster when baking powder was mixed with cold water vs. hot water.
Can you guess which was faster? (Hint: Hot water! :) )
The lab ended with pizza. Thank goodness we had some normal food to eat instead of just tasting gross messed up bread and muffins all night, ha!
Pizza is so good. That is all I have to say about that :)
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for — the winner of my Mighty Leaf Tea giveaway!
The winner is…
Commenter #203, Carolyn!
Here’s why Carolyn loves tea:
Aw. My grandparents used to always have a tea time date, too. :) I wish more people still did that nowadays!
Carolyn — Congratulations! Please email me your full name and mailing address at [email protected] and I’ll have Mighty Leaf send your package right out. And thank you to everyone who entered — I’m sorry I can’t send all of you tea!
I’m off to class — have a wonderful day, friends :)