Couple weeks back I tried baking bread from scratch. I followed a fairly simple recipe involving yeast, flour, sugar, etc.
It didn't work. :-(
I think the water in which I mixed the yeast in was too warm. The end result tasted like bread but not soft enough. Or maybe the yeast was too old (over a year I'm sure). I ended up making breadcrumbs with the loaf.
I don't have a breadmaker.
Last week I tried making Irish Soda Bread- also another disaster. Turned out to be tough as a rock.
I've not given up... Any tips y'all got for making the perfect loaf for a rookie bread maker?