05/10/2009

Vegan MoFo 2009 Day #5: Bread

So I made bread
Hahahahahaa! Concave bread!
I think I know what I did wrong; the manufacturers instructions said to add 2 tablespoons of milk powder which I obviously didn't, but I think to counter balance this omission I should have taken out 2 tablespoons of flour. Whadya all reckon? It hasn't put me off though - quite the opposite in fact. I am more determined than ever to make my own delicious bread and if I'd had enough flour in the pantry I would have cracked straight on with another attempt. MaƱana!
GO VEGAN! GO MoFo!!

37 comments:

The Voracious Vegan said...

Oooh that is funny! I'm sorry your bread didn't work out. Better luck next time!

Nicole said...

Try adding some vital wheat gluten (~1/4 cup) next time you make bread. It will add structure and strength to the dough (without making the finished product tough) so the top doesn't cave in.

Bex said...

a bit of gluten might help. I'm no bread expert though. Some bread from the machine was perfect, some complete crap.

Amanda said...

Oh no! This will only get you to your perfect loaf faster though!

River said...

Poor Jeni! Did you use a bread machine? Blame it on the bread machine! :-)

michelle said...

Oh no!! I hope it works out next time!

taleoftwovegans said...

Oh no! I've had my fair share of concave bread in my time! :) Did it taste normal? Every time I've had bread fall it's because I've let it overrise, and if you let it really over rise, it'll taste yeasty or 'off'. Just a thought! :) -Eve

Mihl said...

Seriously, this is what happened to me all the time when I used the bread machine! It could be a lot of things, but I doubt it is the ingredients. Using a bread machine is much trickier than making bread in the oven.

Cathy said...

I've learned that concave bread can be just as tasty and workable as any other bread LOL... it's only fair to call it a "fail" if it's not edible by anyone in the household (therefore we have very few true fails because my dog thinks concave bread is the best heheh).

Tiffany C. said...

It's too bad your bread collapse into itself :( I've had a few bread mishaps myself, but as long as it tastes okay, it can't have turned out all bad! I'm sure it'll work out better in the future. Usually if bread doesn't puff up properly for me, it's because it rose too much and too quickly to support itself when it came time to bake.

Veg-In-Training said...

I can commiserate. I have so many issues with breakmaking. It comes out tasty sometimes, but never rises like it is supposed to!

Mark said...

Ha! Great minds think alike! I agree with Mihl--using a bread machine is somehow far more difficult than just baking bread in the oven. I shied away from making bread until about a month ago when a friend passed along a great recipe--chronicled for MoFo enjoyment here: http://irreverentvegan.com/2009/10/super-simple-homemade-bread/

kmouse said...

I'm sorry about your bread! I've never had luck with a bread machine. you'll do better next time! Can't wait to see what tasty breads you produce!

Oraphan said...

Oh no, sorry it didn't work out this time. Hope you get a better result next time. Wishing you the best of luck! :)

Lovliebutterfly said...

I've never made bread in a bread machine but my oven baked ones are almost always a bit hard. So I don't know...soy milk maybe instead of water. Better luck next time!

jessy said...

i'm with River, Jeni - i'd blame the bread machine. ;) dan & i make ours by hand because i loooove kneading dough - so i'm afraid i haven't got much advice for ya. sorry! i think the loaf looks kinda fun all concave though - it gives it personality, fo 'sho!

chow vegan said...

This is why I'm not a baker. Hope it comes out better next time. :-)

wingraclaire said...

That pie looked amazing! Sometimes you can't control what to do with the bread. I use a recipe that doesn't ask for milk, which helps. I think I googled "vegan bread machine recipes," or something, or else Andrea gave it to me. Anyway, it does work, although it has American measurements - I'll send it to you. (Um, and then you can blame me if it fails :)

Chelsea said...

Did it still taste good? I would just cut the top off! Sorry I have no helpful advice as I'm still intimidated by yeast...
xoxo Chels

Rose said...

Ive never attempted to make bread. I bet it still tasted good even though it dropped :)

Rose

pavotrouge said...

that is exactly why I don't bake bread. too much science involved for me!

Monica said...

Have you ever tried no knead bread?

http://bitten.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/08/faster-no-knead-bread/

It wouldn't take advantage of your breadmaker, but it's super easy and works like a charm.

Vegetation said...

Most of my biggest kitchen failures have been of the breaded kind so I empathize!! I'm sorry your bread caved in :( Celine (have cake will travel) has some pretty awesome bread machine recipes that have always worked for me if that's any help.

Jeni Treehugger said...

Thanks for all your help and advice. I'm giving this another go today so watch out.LOL!
The good thing is that this bread did taste nice and it's not gone to waste - I made breadcrumbs and croutons out of it.
:)

Susan said...

If at first you don't succeed...
I don't know anything about substituting for milk powder, so I will leave those suggestions to the other! Was it OK otherwise? Maybe you could just make masses of breadcrumbs for storage. ;)

miss v said...

what i love about vegan mofo you get to see the non-glamorous side. it's the good, the bad, the ugly and the epic fails. :)

Carlota said...

uow! That's hilarious! nice bread making..perfection shouldn't be the goal. Having fun should.

veganf said...

I have a bread machine staring at me on the kitchen counter that I have yet to use. It was my father's before he died. I'm scared of trying it and failing miserably, but I'm thinking this winter I'm just going to have to give it a go.

For the Love of Guava said...

I'm sure you'll be a bread pro in no time treehugger!!! Damn... milk powder... eck!

Sal said...

i don't believe it's an epic fail unless it looks AND tastes like ass.

i think it's cute! haha

KiKi said...

*snort* You bet I have made bread looking like that!!!

Mostly it will look like that when there was too much liquid in the mix.
That happens to me mostly when I tried to make bread following a whole grain bread but with "white flour". *blush*
Maybe use the same recipe with some added fibre like pea fibre?

Also a prolonged rising cycle may be the culprit.

Concave Bread may look funny, but Concave Bread can be one tasty fella!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Bahahahahahaha!

fwpotluck said...

Hey Jeni, if it tasted good, that's what's important. I don't use a machine, but when my breads sink, it's usually because I didn't knead them well, or over-proofed them. Try it next time by doing the mixing and kneading in the machine, but do the proofing and baking in the oven.

Zoey said...

I thought it looked great at first and then I laughed when I saw "epic fail". I can't wait to see how the next loaf turns out.

Alin said...

LOL That is a serious bummer. Glad you can see the humour in it!

carolinavegan said...

This may not be helpful, but surprisingly forgetting the salt can cause your bread to go nuts. The salt inhibits the yeast a little so without any your bread gets all excited and grows like crazy only to crash when it's baked, sort of like a kid on a sugar rush. Not that I EVER forget the salt. I really don't think the absence milk powder would have caused the big sink hole.

If nothing else slice, toast, and make bread crumbs and stick 'em in the freezer!

kimmykokonut said...

Do you have access to soymilk powder? Or maybe you could use water instead? Some sort of liquid needs to be added. I wonder if the milk is important to feeding the yeast which relates to the rise? I suggest finding a different recipe that doesn't do milk powder. I've made a lot of bread and none of it needs milk in any form. Veganknitting has a bread machine and has been experimenting--maybe she can be a resource? http://veganknitting.typepad.com