OK, these may not be the best pictures… but they’re just to give you an idea of what happened a few days ago. As part of my bread-baking once a week goal (191) I decided to make a basic sandwich loaf last week, i.e. a simple white loaf which includes some butter in the dough, making it softer & more suitable for sandwiches.
I used a recipe I’ve followed many times, always leading to wonderful, tasty, well-risen loaves. This time however, the dough simply wouldn’t rise! I tried all sorts of remedies: adding yeast, adding flour, letting it sit there for hours & hours, increasing the room temperature… nothing worked.
In the end, my friend N. came to the rescue. She cut the dough into small pieces, managed to roll them out a bit (roughly as you would do with pizza dough), covered them with tomato passata, freshly grated cheese & sliced mushrooms & put them in a hot oven. The result was, in one word, delicious. There is obviously no recipe to give for this, because it depends on bread dough which (for mysterious, inexplicable reasons) hasn’t risen! But it just goes to show that sometimes the best, simplest, most tasty meals are based on improvisation & on a previous mishap.