Baking Depression plz help me!!!!
So I started baking about a year ago. Everything I did turned out surprisingly wonderful. From my sourdough to my soft pretzels, I hardly ever had issues with any step of the baking process. Then we remodeled our kitchen. Since then, I have had no luck with anything. It's like my dough never firms up. I find myself adding more flour, and yet it's always falling apart and worthless. I couldn't even produce pizza dough the other night for our guests. My specialty (mostly for my husband and family) has always been my soft pretzels, and I couldn't even make those tonight. After letting the dough rise it was like a hot sticky mess that I couldn't even work with. I am tired of spending hours on crap. I wasted 3 days on 4 sourdough loaves over this weekend and it kills me. HELP!!!!! What gives? I am so frustrated I am seriously thinking of giving up the only hobby that I have and love. Please help me. Is it the water? We now have a RO (reverse osmosis) system since we have well water (although I always used bottled before). I have been using a lot more Organic flour because some of my goods (if I can ever get them right) will be for a local Organic restaurant in town. Is it that? If so, I will reconsider my chance to sell my bread. I don't get it! I have done nothing different than what I used to do and I cannot make anything.
Loafgirl is ready to retire after 11 months.