I'm feeling gloomy now. This is another of those days which things don't turn out according to what you want them to be.
Tried the 17 hr low-temperature pre-ferment way of bread making again today. This time round, I did a pumpkin bread, full recipe. I followed all the measurements, except for the yeast which was changed to instant yeast (1/3 the stated amount, as advised by the author who uses fresh yeast).
I thought the last black sesame bread dough was wet due to my miscalculation or measurement. So I wanted to try another time since I was quite sure the correct dough should be manageable. But I was wrong again this time. History repeated itself. I got an extremely wet dough again!
I was determined not to add any extra flour this time round. It was tough as I was using hand kneading. That little mixer of mine sounded like it was ready to give way anytime when I started kneading the dough today. So no choice, had to exercise my long rested hand muscles.
After half an hour of kneading the stubborn dough, I discovered I had forgotten to add in the butter! Gosh! What was I doing all along? Quickly added the butter and shredded pumpkin in and continue kneading. After about 15 minutes, the dough remained just as wet. I gave up and dumped the whole chunk of flabby dough into the bowl for first proofing.
After the first rise, I filled the greased bread tin half full, couldn't even roll out the dough for shaping. The remaining dough I scoop it into my silicon cups. These are the end results.
The cup-a-breads turned out quite all right, the loaf, a disaster. It was a little undercooked. After some struggle to remove it from the tin (probably because it was undercooked), the bread collapsed as it could not support its own weight. It still tasted like bread, just not a nice loaf as I would very much want it to be. I wonder if I have over proofed it a little.
It's been a lousy experience. My bread making skills must have rusted after the long break. I feel guilty, not supervising DS of his work today and ended up with a failed product, totally unjustifiable. Ok, enough grumbling. The day will pass very soon and tomorrow will be better...hopefully...