Anyone Can Make Bread, Right?

Maybe not!  You’d think after all these yeas of baking bread, I’d never have a problem.  Not so.

Thursday night I had bread rising and it was ready for the oven.  Vince was in the kitchen and I asked him to turn the oven on “Bake” and set it at 350º, stick the bread in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes.  He did it all . . except he set the oven on “Broil” instead of “Bake”.  The bread sat under the broiler for 30 minutes.  It wasn’t ruined but it wasn’t great!

Saturday I made bread again because we had already consumed both loaves of the broiled bread.  It got time to put it in the oven and I was standing at the stove cooking ketchup and didn’t set the timer because . . well, I thought since I was standing right there, I would remember to take it out after 30 minutes.

Two hours later I remembered the bread and it was like a rock!

Vince and Chad loved it!  Said I should make it like that more often!  I don’t think so!

I stirred up a new batch.

And set the timer!  Works every time!


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    Susan Torrens says

    I once baked bread like that, but I did it on purpose. I make small braided French loaves, and after they were baked hard and dry, they were coated with varnish and decorated for Christmas!
    I never bake without a timer. I have 4 different ones, including 2 that can clip to my pocket or shirt, so they travel with me around the house and into the garden!

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    Shelley C says

    Been there done that! I sit right by the stove; reading, doing crosswords or sudokus or something and voila! Burnt bread!

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    Pam says

    It was Stress Bread!
    It’s times like these that we need to look for the humor in the situation.

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    I couldn’t possibly cook anything without a timer, it’s a sure thing I will forget all about it if I even try! I have 3 timers in my kitchen, and I use them ALL the time, and not just for cooking!

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    Robin says

    Did you say you were cooking ketchup????? Good heavens -do you make your own ketchup too?? 🙂

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    Gwynette in NW Arkansas says

    I well remember my mom and grandmother making ketchup. Such a different and wonderful taste. Don’t even remember bottled ketchup until we moved to town and mom and dad bought a little grocery store when I was in 4th grade. Bet your kitchen smelled great, Judy, even with the ‘two hour’ bread!!!

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    I made a cobbler not too long ago and forgot. (The new timer I bought was so low no one could hear it, so I didn’t really forget…….)

    After 2 1/2 hours cooking it was QUITE done…….


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    Hilary McDaniel says

    I needed a good laugh. I can just imagine those guys thinking the bread was great. Leave it to men to eat anything. When I first started making bread I did quite a few of those door stops. Makes great croutons, though. Glad your last batch turned out for you. I think you have been distracted by all the goings on in your life right now and this was just the humor you needed to get things back on the right track. Show us your ketchup. I didn’t even know you could make homemade. I bet it tastes wonderful

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    Pat says

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who does these things. The other day a girlfriend called while I was boiling eggs…they boiled dry. Luckily, I smelled the pan and snatched it off the stove before the pan was ruined. Threw the eggs away. Glad I hadn’t left the room!

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    Darlene S says

    Judy, can’t believe Mrs. Judy “Stewart” would do a thing like that!! You are human after all. I don’t forget about the baking bread — the smell comes floating out of the oven and everyone in the house is telling me it’s tme to take it out— But I’m with Pat — I wouldn’t care to count the number of times I’ve let eggs boil dry. My worse experience was once when boiling water for something, it went dry and an hour or so later when I noticed it, the bottom of the pot was actually red. When I lifted it off the burner, it separated — bottom clad from the upper stainless pot! I’ve never let that happen again!

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    I’ve done that! However, every time I’ve attempted bread, it’s never turned out as it should, so hard as rock bread was just par for the course for me.

    Home made ketchup? Do share 🙂

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    Diane Hines says

    Once I turned on the wrong oven and then wondered why the bread didn’t bake. By then it had risen and fallen. It was eatible, but not as good.