I posted on Facebook about a month ago that I was attempting a complicated (for me) bread recipe. I am finally recovered from that experience to write about it.
Before I jump into the story, let me just say that I'm sure the original recipe is fine, and I don't have the patience or the eye for detail to make it correctly.
I should have gotten the clue when I assembled the ingredients that I was out of my league.
The recipe made 3 loaves-too much in my opinion. I decided to cut it in thirds. Given the fact that original amounts were things like one and seven-eighths cups, it went against all common sense. But, I didn't listen to common sense.
I stayed on course, soaking the raisins to make them nice and plump.
Soaking the oatmeal...
Proofing the yeast...
and THAT was all before I even started the actual mixing! Picture me, with my calculator, desperately attempting to make something happen. I mixed the yeast together with the other ingredients.
Then, I added in the soaked oatmeal and kneaded it.
And kneaded it and kneaded it.
Have I ever mentioned that I am terrible at kneading? I am terrible at kneading. Anyway, I tried to mix in the raisins at this point. Oh yeah, and the cinnamon, which I had forgotten about.
Then, I let it rise... and rise... and rise. Nothing really happened. Let's just say that it didn't rise or look anything like the original photos.
I baked it anyway, and it was dense, obviously. I was also surprised by the dull flavoring. For all the ingredients, math, and work, it was very blah.
Lesson learned. When a recipe is WAY TOO HARD, it is probably not worth it. In my world, the recipes have to be user-friendly.