it took me several tries to perfect this recipe, but I've finally got it right where I wanted it. The best Ale Bread I've ever had the pleasure of noshing.
Step 1: Overview
It took me 133 days to get up the nerve to face the dough, which had failed so completely to be dough-like on my last attempt that I described it at the time by saying:
"...And still the dough stuck to hands, mixer parts and floured counter tops like a living thing fighting for its life..."
But in the end, I beat the bloody thing!
In the days since June, I've occasionally searched for other recipes. For the most part, I found the same recipe repeated, but then I came across this post at Farmgirl Fare , and when I compared it to a comment left on my original post, I realized where everything had gone wrong!
For one thing, the recipe I had didn't call for enough flour. The ones I was finding now called for an additional cup. Secondly the first recipe we'd tried didn't call for any sugar, which meant the yeast in the beer didn't have anything to munch on. No yeast growth, no rise, I had to try this again!
And it was good.
Ale Bread Adapted from a recipe at Farmgirl Fare and a recipe I've made before, with a twist of inspiration and a pint of stout