Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Epic Fail....Yeast is NOT my Friend....

I hate yeast....

Or

I hate the fact that I can't predict what temp the water is....
I think I have wasted more packages of yeast b/c of the whole temp thingy. Makes me mad.... I tried to guess the temp of the water...and I guess I was wrong...

MY YEAST DIDN'T BLOOM. You know what that means right?

Ugh I was so excited to start the morning off baking bread. 1 packet of yeast....let's not screw this up Laura....(I guess I jinxed myself)

I turned the water on....and flushed the morning cold from them.....I got it warm but not too warm....tested it and retested it....2nd guessed myself and added a little warm/cold to it....WHY OH WHY....tossed in my yeast and 5-15mins later ....barely a bubble....

But I proceeded on....like a fool wasting 5 1/2 cups of flour and all the other ingredients in the bread....

I knew something was wrong when I was kneading it....it didn't feel like my other doughs...I told myself (to feel better) that I had never made this recipe before and to settle....

Oiled my bowl....put my dough in and patted her telling her to rise.

She didn't listen....2 hrs later I had a brick in my bowl...the same size I put in the bowl. BOOOO

I hate yeast!
It was too late to head to the store.....it was nap time.....and after that the kids would be home....

I think I'll try again tomorrow!

But...if there are those that like to bake bread....give this recipe a try...It looks great and I'll try her out again! I will not give up!

Maybe I should get a thermometer too huh!?

King Cake

by Suzan Jackson and Alcestis Llobrera, Photograph by Bill Milne From FamilyFun Magazine

Hands-on Time: 30 minutes
Total Time:
4 hours 30 minutes (includes rising and cooling time)
Serves:
18


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • small plastic toy baby
  • FOR THE FILLING
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • FOR THE TOPPING
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water or milk
  • Gold-, green-, and purple-colored sugar
Instructions
  1. For the cake, microwave the butter and milk in a small bowl until the butter has almost melted, about 1 minute. Stir the mixture, then microwave it until the butter has completely melted, about 30 seconds more. Stir in the vanilla extract, then allow the mixture to cool to a lukewarm temperature (around 110°).

  2. Meanwhile, in another small bowl, add the yeast to the water, stir once, then let it rest for 5 minutes.

  3. In a large bowl, use a whisk to combine the flour and sugar. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, slowly pour the yeast mixture into the well, and use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to fold and combine.

    Add the butter mixture, folding to combine, then add the eggs, folding to combine them as well.

  4. Transfer the dough onto a clean, lightly floured surface. Knead the dough until it is smooth and stretchy, about 8 minutes, adding more flour if the dough is too wet. Place the dough in a large, clean, generously oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap.

    Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours.

  5. Combine all the filling ingredients with a fork until they are well blended.

  6. Line a 13- by 16-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll it into a 10- by 16-inch rectangle.

    Spread the filling over the dough, leaving a 1-inch strip uncovered at one long end. Beginning at the opposite end, roll up the dough jelly roll–style, pinching the seam closed with your fingers.

  7. Place the roll on the prepared baking sheet and shape it to form a 13-inch-wide ring. Lightly wet the edges of the ring's ends with water, then pinch them to seal them together. With a knife, cut slashes about 1/2 inch deep into the top of the dough around the entire ring.

    Cover the ring with plastic wrap and let it rise for 45 minutes.

  8. Heat the oven to 350°. Bake the cake until it is light brown, about 30 minutes. Place it on a wire rack to cool, about 3 to 5 minutes, then insert the toy baby into the top of the cake. Cool the cake for another 30 minutes.

  9. Meanwhile, make the icing by whisking together the confectioners' sugar and water or milk. Ice the cake while it is still slightly warm, then immediately top it with the purple, gold, and green sugars, alternating the colors (this will hide the baby's location).

Tips:
To keep the ring from closing during baking, fill the center hole with a ramekin about 2 inches tall and 3 inches wide.

10 comments:

Caroline said...

You're much braver than I am. I would have just bought one and disguised it as my own. Bahahahaha!

Stacy @ Cardigans and Crayons said...

Aww I'm sorry it didn't work for you. Boo!

I may try this...I was wanting to make a king cake today!!

LeAnna said...

You must get yourself an instant read thermometer! Also, your yeast could be bad. Do you use the packets or a jar? I buy it in bulk, and keep it in the freezer. Lasts for years, and stays happy. I sooo badly want a sourdough starter, but mine always fails. That yeast, grr...

Stephanie @ The Good Stuff said...

Aww... I've certainly been there! Yeast can be tricky! A couple of tips that have REALLY helped me:

The water should be warm (not cold, not hot). If you stick your finger in the water and it feels just a little warm to you then that's the right temp! But if you're really unsure maybe a thermometer would be the best option. They're really inexpensive!

Also, when you're blooming your yeast always add a pinch of sugar or a little squeeze of honey so the yeast has something to feed on. It will help it activate! You don't need to do this if the recipe calls for milk though because milk has natural sugars for the yeast to feed on.

Anyway, those two tips have really helped me learn how to use yeast so I thought I'd pass them on. It's so disheartening when you've mixed up and kneaded bread and let it rise for all that time only to realize the yeast didn't work properly! If it doesn't froth up properly just toss it out and start over, it's not worth wasting your time and the other ingredients!

GL!

Teddie said...

Oh my goodness, I've really been wanting a king cake this year. I haven't had a really great one since I lived in Louisiana.

When I use yeast, I usually heat my water in a pan until it's warm, I stick my fingers in it to test it. then I pour my water over the yeast in a bowl and stir it together, then I add it to my flour mixture.

I mix it all just enough for the yeast to be incorporated through the dough. - Hope this helps!

jen said...

I'm not a cook by any stretch, but I usually have luck with yeast. I would trade your cooking skills for my yeast luck any day.

jen said...

I'm not a cook by any stretch, but I usually have luck with yeast. I would trade your cooking skills for my yeast luck any day.

carissa at lowercase letters said...

this is hilarious, because at first all i could think of was the girl kind of yeast... sorry GROSS... i know! but, i'm taking antibiotics and that's a side effect i read so it's on my mind. not that i have problems with yeast right now. geesh. maybe i shouldn't write all this. anyway. sorry about your yeast problems. : )

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Emily said...

I've never tried to make bread.... now I'm a little scared to try! I'm sure you will get it right next time & it'll be a wonderful bakery in your house!

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