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wee OT: Lesson Learned: Don't take shortcuts!

Rezen73Rezen73 Posts: 356
edited 7:49PM in EggHead Forum
Learned a very valuable lesson tonight. Don't take shortcuts!

Usually, I'm very meticulous about what I cook and how I cook it.

Tonight, my wife and I decided to make some pizza dough in our bread machine while we watched a movie.

Sure, no big deal, right? It is if #1 you've never tried the dough recipe in a bread machine before and #2 if the recipe is a 1 pound recipe and your bread machine is a 2 pound bread machine and you double the recipe without testing it first.

Result? Complete and utter disaster!

After the movie, we went to check on the dough... and it completely overflowed. It was wet, sticky, gooey, tacky... except it wasn't in the bloody pan! It was in-between the bread pan and heating element.

What to do?

I did a few searches, and found it would be easier to clean if the dough was cooked. So, I did what any annoyed lazy bastard would do on a Friday night... I popped open a beer, put on Lord of the Rings, and set the bread machine to run a full bread cycle.

About a third of the way through the second DVD, I could smell something burning. I knew instantly I had made a mistake.

I rush into the kitchen, and it's FILLED with smoke... the bread machine looks like it's a white big green egg on it's side, with a solid column of putrid smoke is billowing out of its vents. I immediately killed the power, then opened up the doors to the back yard and a couple of other windows and turned on the laundry & oven vent hood fans.

Then I peeked through the bread machine window, and could see two black areas where some of the overflowed dough had dripped directly on the heating element. :/

I think I may have to just toss the bread machine... a cross between burned coffee and burned microwave popcorn permeates the air, and it originated in the bread machine. And it's my fault, all because I wanted to take one shortcut after miserably failing from another.

Who wants to spend a Friday night cleaning a bread machine? Certainly not me... but now, I get to spend a Saturday trying to clean it, and when I can't, I'll have to replace it. /le sigh.

Comments

  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 6,739
    I'm so sorry man, but after a few drinks it's funny.
    Hope it cleans up ok.
    Making pizza dough myself so I feel your pain.
    My first time the mixer was jumping on the counter top...
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    LOL....not laughing at you..hopefully laughing with you....that just plain sucks...but you learned something..so not a total loss...hell if you lived close by I would give you my bread machine..
  • Rezen73Rezen73 Posts: 356
    usually I make try to make pizza dough in the kitchenaid and/or by hand... we've made it in the bread machine a few times previously but with a "bread machine book" recipe and it works ok in a pinch.

    This time, not so much. lol

    I'm upstairs now, but it still STINKS TO HELL!!

    my wife is gonna be pissed tomorrow morning. lol
  • Rezen73Rezen73 Posts: 356
    haha, I'm laughing too ;)

    if I was super pissed about it, I wouldn't have bothered posting :D lol

    can't believe how much is stinks though... good thing I've got a case of Budweiser to "help" me through this... lol
  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    use Zippys Kitchenaid dough recipe.....works every time..
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 6,739
    Hey,
    I put my plate setter in my oven many years ago for the self clean cycle to give it a clean. Lets just say its a good thing we don't have smoke detectors... :laugh:
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 6,739
    Just finished a double batch for this weekend.
    Zippy was so much help. He even called me a few times to see how I was doing.
    The people on this forum are the best.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    Amen brother...Happy 4th to you and yours..
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 6,739
    Thank you.
    Happy and safe holiday for you as well.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Take pictures and sell it on EBay! :laugh:
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