Need I say more?
I couldn't even talk about it at first. If you know what's in this photo, you can probably feel my pain. If not, it's a dough hook for my Kitchen Aid mixer - more specifically a broken dough hook. I'm kind of a bread geek, so this was pretty upsetting to me. Okay so it's really not that big of a deal in the overall scheme of things, but it was going to put a damper on my bread-baking. It broke while it was working hard to knead a batch of bagel dough. I wasn't watching, but the sound of the mixer changed dramatically. When I went to check it out I saw the damage, but not before I had a chance to make these baguettes:
and these bagels:
and while we're on the subject of bread, I've been keeping up pretty well (I think) with my Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge. I made this Cranberry Walnut Braid which turned out to be better as toast than straight out of the oven and inspired a recipe for Cranberry Walnut Multigrain bagels which I will post soon.
I also made this Marble Rye. It wasn't really to die for, but I bet it would make an awesome tuna salad sandwich especially if you buttered and grilled the bread. Mmm.
Back in October, I made this Pane Siciliano. The picture doesn't really do it justice, but it was delicious. We devoured it in a day.
See what I mean? Bread geek.
I told my sad story (okay complained) to enough friends that I was loaned two more dough hooks by the end of the next day, so all is well.