Hello and HELP!
Hi everyone and congratulations on a great website and community.
Now, I've been wanting to get into bread making for some time now and finally stepped up as a new years resolution, but wow, it's gone so wrong twice now!
I followed the recipe and instructions on Lesson One on the homepage as best I could, but two attempts went well off the mark.
1)The 'bread' did not rise at all in the oven and came out a hard, brown crust on top with compressed white bread inside.
2)This one rose much better first after kneading, and secondly in the oven. However the same hard, brown crust was in place on top. There was generally OK levels of white bread inside that tasted reasonable and texturally were OK, but it sure wasn't pretty and you could not cut this bread as the outer crust was so hard. It certainly hadn't risen to a decent looking shape either. See picture!
Any advice on what is going wrong and beginners tips would be greatly appreciated as I'm really trying here. Thanks! :)