30 Sep '16 — It' s surprisingly hard to make bread.
On Sunday I tried to make bread again. This time, I tried very much to make sure the yeast was active. Unfortunately, it was way too active and the dough did not come together well enough to bake.
Of course it took 8 hours of poking before I realized it wasn’t going to happen.
If I were on the homestead, back in the 19th century, would I have thrown my dough onto a pan and made do with less tasty, imperfect bread? I’d imagine that I’d be traveling with a family on a Conestoga wagon. There’s a scarcity of food so my family would have had to eat bad bread when it didn’t come out right.
Is there documentation of poorly made food? How bad was it back then? I can imagine the activity of making bread was more vital, so perhaps I would have perfected the craft of bread making after apprenticing with a female relative.
Instead of learning from another person, I have a world of resources: youtube videos and online forums. But despite all the information, and the number of people 'teaching' me, I’m not getting closer to ensuring that bread will happen again.