I'm in need of help. I've been trying off and on, to bake bread for some time now. I've tried probably eight recipies and can never get things to work right.
The loaves always come out looking great. They rise well, brown nicely and visually are successes. Unforunately, they neither taste right or have that "trademark" mousthwatering bread aroma.
1 The breads always seem flat tasting for lack of a better word. Not four-y, just bland.
2 The breads always seem crumby. The inside seems to come apart almost (slight exageration) sandy, not that streatchy chewy texture it should have.
3 *This may be the cause of 1 and 2*. I am Kneading-challenged :( I've watched YouTube videos, read dozens (yeah, litteraly) of articles and I Never get that gluten build that allows the dough to streatch rather than stay sticky and tear when pulled :( That "Change" in the feel just never happens. Tonight for example, I made the recipe at the link at the end of my post . I swear, I kneaded it for 55 minutes before giving up angry and still no streatchyness to the dough. It's working on it's first rise right now, but I do not expect success :(
I am using bread flour.The bread does rise nicely. but so far.... I'm failing badly here.
Any and all help is greatly appriciated.