New Baker's Second Loaf
I am the proud mother of my second loaf this weekend. I actually improved a bit due to your good suggestions and the info on the site. In fact, when my husband tasted the second loaf he promptly threw the first loaf away. I graduated from "good" to "very good."
I decided to make my second loaf wetter by soaking the wheat bran, cracked wheat, and oatmeal. I let the bread machine do the work of mixing and kneading, and then set it near the warm oven to rise -ahem- I mean proof (still learning the bread lingo). Unfortunately a friend called who was very troubled by some happenings in her life and I just couldn't stop the phone call. The dough rose to the occasion and became something like a blob in a B grade movie that looked as though it would consume me instead of the other way around. This wet dough was practically impossible to form into a loaf. I heaped it onto a baking sheet as best I could and put it in the oven.