Perhaps it’s unfair to refer to my baking as German… really, it’s more like me just baking American style in Germany! I haven’t yet tried any German recipes, unless you count our Hello Fresh meals. Bill makes those and they don’t really count as baking anyway. I did recently acquire a Schwabish cookbook which I may decide to use someday. Today, I decided to bake some bread.
I decided to bake bread after watching this video, which someone posted in a local Facebook group…
This video made me laugh… It also made me want to bake bread in the worst way.
I went to my puny German kitchen and found my trusty Virginia Hospitality cookbook, where I found a recipe for French bread. I had never actually used that particular recipe before; I usually opt for the one in my Betty Crocker cookbook. But I was feeling daring today, so I used the “new-to-me” recipe…
My bread as it bakes…
I must admit, my bread turned out beautifully, except the bottom was not as brown as it probably should have been. I don’t care, though. I’d rather have pale bread bottoms than burnt bread. And it was baked long enough that it’s not falling apart, so there you go.
I find baking in Germany a bit challenging because of the Metric system. I did learn how to do temperature conversion back when I took high school chemistry. In fact, that particular lesson was the only one that made any sense to me. I barely squeaked out of my chemistry class with a D. Of course, it’s been many years since I was 16 and I have completely forgotten how to do temperature conversion. I’m also too lazy to consult a conversion chart.
Yes… this tastes good… I guessed correctly when I set the oven’s temperature.
I used to bake a lot more often than I do now. Unfortunately, I like baking comfort foods and my ass gets enough gifts as it is from all the beer I drink. So I try not to give in to the urge to bake in an attempt to prevent my ass from getting its own area code. Sometimes I fail, though.
I’m actually dying to learn how to make a Black Forest Cake. Of course if I made one, we’d never finish it. I need to make more friends.