A couple of weeks ago, I went with my P31 (Proverbs 31) friend, to a bread baking class. I wanted to go just to make sure my bread and my tortillas were coming out well. I haven’t been able to compare them to anyone else’s. Who knows, mine could have been total flops and my family never knew it! My P31 friend went because she got a new Bosch mixer and it is red. She has been making breads very well, just not with a large mixer. We often compare notes. 😀
Anyhoo, we get to the woman’s house. She happens to be good friends with my P31 friend and our food co-op order queen. Actually, she is also a P31 lady. She has it so together. She’s cute too. Wait until you see pictures.
We learn that the texture of the dough is the most important thing. With breads you want the bowl of your mixer to come clean when kneading, but with tortillas you want the dough to be sticky. My bread doughs have a mind of their own and come out however they want.
Here is the first picture. M.G. is showing us how the dough should be sticky for tortillas. See how there is some dough stuck to the bowl? That’s a good thing. It is also a good thing that my tortillas have always come out like that. 😀
Isn’t she cute? Told you she was and she is a very Godly woman. She is like Queen P31 woman.
Here are all the little tortilla dough balls ready to be shaped.
Here is M.G. demonstrating how to use the tortilla maker. I have one just like it. Very handy servant to have around.
We all get a turn at using the tortilla maker. There were 6 or 7 ladies there. It was a wonderful surprise to find out that an old friend was going to be there also. Here she is. She might be a P31 lady also, but the judges are still out on that one. Look at the holes in her tortilla!! Shameful!!
I do have to say this about E. She is the most energetic person I know. She does say she is tired, but I don’t see it. She woke up one morning last year and told her hubby and three kids, “We don’t have enough kids. Let’s go to Africa and adopt some.” So, off they went and in six months they had three more children! They are the cutest pumpkins too. Anyhoo, a lazy person such as myself couldn’t do that. I guess I should also say that she didn’t wake up one morning and say that. They had prayed about it for years, but it did only take six months to get her kids. Cool beans, if you ask me.
Now, here is my P31 friend. Isn’t she beautiful? Now take a look a that lovely tortilla. A lot different than another person’s (above).
Here are two more pictures. This first one is of M.G’s rolls. She made these using the bread dough recipe. Look how scrumptious they look. This is after they rose and before baking. I forgot to take a picture of them after they baked. Oh, they were really good. Mine have never come out that light and fluffy, but I know what to do now. yeah right!
The next day, Tuesday, I went into baking mode and made everything M.G. made. Yep, I went nuts. Here are my rolls. They are just ok. They are not light and fluffy. They are a little over done on the bottom. They were eaten by the girlies anyway, because they don’t know any better. LOL
The next day was Wednesday and I take bread to church for dinner every Wednesday night. That Wednesday I decided to use the exact same recipe M.G. did. My loaves came out wonderfully! I didn’t get to have any myself, but I could tell by the way they looked and how they sliced. Very nice, if I do say so myself. I was in MOPs that night and three women came up to me and asked if I made the bread. I didn’t even know people knew I was bringing the bread. Anyhoo, one said, “I just can’t get my bread to taste like yours.” I told her to come over and I’ll show her what to do. She hasn’t called me yet, but I do want to say this…
Pride comes before a fall.
Thursday, I make five loaves of bread and they were total flops.
I should go back to M. G’s house for another season.