Saturday, July 19, 2008

Rest In Peace Friend

My trusty bread machine has gone to the place where appliances lay to rest.

My Bread Machine

Yesterday, I prepared to make pizza dough. With all the ingredients in the pan, I went to plug it in and... nothing. Nothing happened. I tried every plug in my kitchen and a few elsewhere. I checked the connections with the plug and inside the machine.

No visible issue, but no power either.

It had a long life, providing Mom and than me with delicious dough and breads. I was actually pretty sad; I'd lost a trusty friend. It will remain in its place of honor on the counter, until another comes to take its place.


Mourning the machine was quickly followed by panic- how can I still make pizza for dinner?

I did what I usually do in crisis- I called the Expert. Mom's instructions:

Use a spatula to scrape the ingredients into the food processor. Whirl a few times until the dough comes together (which it does very quickly). Empty the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Place the dough in a very large bowl (you can oil the bowl but it's not necessary so I didn't), cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot for at least an hour. The dough is sufficiently risen when you poke it and the indentation remains. Proceed as you would if the dough had been made in the bread machine.

Crisis averted. Thank you Mom, you saved me again.

Good night, Bread Man.



LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Moms are always able to come to the rescue :0) Sorry about your bread-maker though!

Anonymous said...

RIP Trusty Bread Baker!!

P.s. So fun to read about your BlogHer Conference experience!

nonlineargirl said...

Really, you are better off without the bread-maker. Either you keep it on your counter (in which case you now have more space) or you put it away between uses (and then had to lug it out to use it). My husband has made pizza or other dough almost every week for years. He uses a bread hook on our mixer (the mixer we used to fantasize about before we got married and someone gave us one). Also, do you have a recipe for kneadless dough? (not for pizza, but for a nice artisan loaf) Super easy, but takes planning.

(It was nice to meet you and now to look at your blog. I am jealous of the meyer lemon tree.)