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Lesson on distraction

aytab's picture

Lesson on distraction

Here's is just a lesson on distraction. Today I was making English Muffins, since it was a cold rainy day here in Southern California I decided to use the oven to get them to rise. I turned the oven on to 350 for about 15 seconds to warm it while I was doing this my 16 year old son distracted me and instead of turning the oven off I turned it to Broil, then I put my pans in to let the dough rise. A little while later I started smelling what smelled like baking bread. I went to the kitchen, checked the stove and discovered my mistake. I was horrified. I pulled the pans out to find my muffins fully baked. They taste fine and I got great oven spring, they just have a really dense crumb. I have to just laugh about it now.  Just a lesson that no matter what is going on around you, pay attention to your baking.


hanseata's picture

sometimes decides on its own to switch to broil! Usually I notice it only after the smoke alarm went off and the dog goes crazy.

But the kitchen timer is my best friend, after I experienced several distraction "accidents" due to untimely telephone calls - or just getting sucked into the computer...

Happy baking,


Faith in Virginia's picture
Faith in Virginia

Funny my last batch of english muffins got messed up do to a distraction.  I ended up messing up my measurements and had too much of this or too little of that.  They turned into dog snacks.

Janetcook's picture

Sorry this so huge...but this item is now part of my wardrobe when I am baking....or should I consider it jewelry as it comes with a cord and hangs around my neck.....

Glad you didn't have a fire on your hands.  


dabrownman's picture

how many times I have turned the oven on to bake something while forgetting that I already was using it to proof some dough or another.  Some can be saved and others cannot.  The dog won't even eat them.  I was thinking about photographing them and posting the hall of shame but it would be big and take too much time :-)

jackie9999's picture

As I've gotten older I find the timer is essential in baking..even making garlic toast under broiler the timer is used. I love  your timer on a lanyard - I've got to get myself one of them!!