I baked this morning. I wasn't actually on task. My goal walking into the kitchen was to empty and load the dishwasher. It's 5pm, and I still haven't quite finished the kitchen. Of course the kitchen is now 90 degrees and I wanted out of there!
New canisters. That meant that I could restart my sourdough starters. Both wheat and regular, and while I was at it I thought that I should feed the Friendship starter. It was too full, and it a state to bake! OK. Baking time.
I have beautiful mini baking pans. I love them. The children are much more likely to grab a mini-loaf rather than cut a slice. They are closer to adults than children. While I was at it, I randomly wondered why you need to grease and flour a pan. Isn't greasing a pan enough? I did some research, with the help of Quora.
You need grease and flour for two reasons. Grease is part of the "non-stick." but what use is the flour? It turns out that flour is there for two reasons. One- it lets the dough mixture rise higher. I don't really understand this, but it gives the dough something to "climb." Two - the flour prevents more of the shortening / grease from absorbing into the dough. That will lead to more fat, and possible a richer cake, but it also changes the baking time and texture. (One thought was that it will be a harder bread or cake.) Cookies with more fat spread more and bake faster. They usually end up crisper.
I tested it with my mini-loafs. Same quantity, but 7 of the 8 rose far more than I really wanted. One looked like a dwarf or runt, but I measured the bread mix. Interesting. (I won't be eating those, so taste comparisons are out.)
Crazy enough not to be completely done. I went for a packaged bread mix. The real goal was to understand what shaping bread was like. Split into little balls, rolled into snakes and braided. (One thing to remember, braiding braid is a two strand process, not three like most braids.) Then I rolled each small braid into a circle and tucked the ends under. The bread was delicious, but it met the real goal. Mini bread loaves- easily broken into bite sized pieces or taken as a snack sized whole. It's my first attempt at shaping bread, but I might do it again. I'm pretty happy with the results, and this was simple.
I think storage for starters, dry mixes, and mini loaves is a bigger issue for me.