The only interesting item that happened with the cinnamon raisin bread is that we ran a little experiment while making it. Heather always used measuring and everything I read (remember virgin baker until this bloody Bread Baker Apprentice) was you weigh everything. However, during the course of the last couple breads we have found that when going by the scale we were adding a good 1/4 cup of extra flour to get the dough to form a ball. She had to keep mentioning that she never had a problem while I was standing over the Kitchen Aid cursing as I added more and more flour praying and waiting for the dough to finally come together.
The experiment was simple one bread we used weighs and the other we used measuring cups. I hate to admit it but the measuring cups came together a lot easier and rose more than the bread that I sat over a scale trying to get the ounces exact. Unfortunately a taste test was not possible since the bread that was weighed was dragged to my grandma’s birthday party and the other was gifted to a co-worker who has been a huge help with some work stuff over the last couple of weeks. The co-worker’s opinion of the bread was that it was freaking amazing and profusely thanked me however, like most co-workers they are just happy to receive anything. The one that was weighed was a huge success at grandma’s party and everyone thanked us but once again they are family they are just more shocked that home made bread was served.
Tallying up the score I am going to go with the measuring cups won since it came together instantly and effortlessly. Although we have discussed running a couple more experiments the nerdy engineer in me just loves the exactness of a scale so will be hard for me to pry away from using the scale (plus the flipping scale was not cheap so it needs to be used heavily). Another advantage is I feel like I am doing something while I sit there with a tablespoon dumping more flour into a spinning kitchen aid mixer.
That is really all that can be said except the loaf breads are starting to look the same and photographing them is more or less snap snap snap ok it is bread so upload and hit submit in Wordpress. I am excited though because french and Italian are on the schedule for this weekend and woo hoo that means subs and breadsticks…….
If you are interested in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge our fearless host is Nicole at Pinch My Salt and you can read more about it clicking here.