It all began when I replied to Rochele the other day about the photo of her pineapple. http://365project.org/rophoto/365/2010-04-08 I made a glib remark, and Sarah countered by asking me "What's in your kitchen, Louise". Always on the lookout for a photo op, I thought I'd bake and share my talents... (When I told Ken, he said he was liking 365 more everyday!) I have a favorite recipe for Guava Bread, so I gathered the many ingredients before going out for awhile in the afternoon. Returning, I asked Ken's help to put it together, took pictures of the "proud moments" along the way, turned on the timer and went back to 365 while waiting for my beautiful bread & my photo op.
(Here's where Elizabeth probably steps in and says something like "Pride goeth before the fall...")
"Fall" doesn't even begin to cover what happened next. It didn't take a mental giant to see I had little pancakes when I took the bread from the oven, and it only got worse when I turned it out! *What* had happened?!! I went back to my recipe, and OMG...I'd left out 4 teaspoons of baking soda... Ken went to google to see why the ingredient was so necessary (DUH), and informed me "baking soda is 4x stronger than baking powder and needs to be used with fruits to create bubbles that cause the bread to rise".
I was crestfallen that I'd missed my opportunity to share my "skills" when I realized this is actually the story of what happened to me today! Ken was sure he'd still enjoy a piece when I cut it, but, with the consistency of finger jello, it was thumbs down at first bite. Four loaves...into the garbage...