Live long enough, cook long enough, and you’re bound to make a few mistakes along the way. Last week I may have surpassed myself.
Lately, I’ve been baking bread using a perforated double loaf pan. They can be hard to clean, so instead of putting the dough directly on the pan I first place a sheet of parchment paper on top. The paper tends to slide around, so I weigh each side down with something to keep it in place until the dough goes on it.
For last week’s French bread, I weight one side with an apple and the other side with a paring knife until I’m ready to put my dough down on the paper-covered pan. I let them rise and bake as usual.
Both loaves of bread look good, although I do notice a groove on the bottom of one loaf when I take them off the paper to cool.
Cue the music: “Dumb, da dumb dumb”….
I remove the paper and discover my paring knife… not in the bread, but under the paper, melted directly onto the loaf pan where it is stuck for all eternity! Of course, my loaf pan/knife combo has to be thrown away and both items replaced ASAP.
I still can’t figure out how this happened.