Bread baking skills going downhill?
New here! Just browsing around and you guys seem to be an awesome bunch!
I guess what prompted me to be here is, for some reason my bread baking skills seem to be getting worse??
Ever since I was a kid I've been baking bread. I've been baking it with my mom, on my own, never having problems.
Recently (say - last two to three years), it's almost like I lost my skill. I thought it was the oven at the apartment I was renting, but I moved to a new place with a almost brand new stove and I still can't get it right. It never rises or bakes properly anymore! I've tried old faithful recipes, new recipes, from scratch, mixed in my bread maker, mixed in my stand mixer, baked in the oven, baked in the bread maker (two bread makers even - went from a Black and Decker basic model to Cuisineart Convection).
Anyone ever had this happen? I really don't know what is wrong or why? I used to be a bread queen! I could make anything and it was awesome! Now - I'm lucky if the bread even rises! I literally made a recipe the other night (made several times before) for whole wheat beer bread in the bread maker. I put it in around 1 AM, checked it at 3 AM and it was doubled in size and everything looked fine (I work night shifts). I went to bed and left a note for my husband that fresh bread would be ready for him at 6 AM when he woke up. For some reason, the bread didn't rise the second round at ALL and was a dry small loaf after it baked?? I have NO idea what happened!
Maybe I need to go back to basics? Start over from scratch?